Designers at Home
What happens when interior designers are their own clients: a look inside five very different, very beautiful homes.
(page 1 of 5)
Photography by Phillip Ennis
1. Customized Craftsmanship and a Finely-Tuned Collaboration
Stephen and Gail Huberman
SGH Designs Inc.
Designers Stephen and Gail Huberman in their Pound Ridge ranch. Cream lacquered side table by Lorin Marsh.
Partners in life as well as in design, Stephen and Gail Huberman have been creating high-end residential projects together for more than 30 years. So, if any couple could take a nondescript 1970s ranch in Pound Ridge and turn it into a sophisticated home with superb finishes, soaring ceilings, and custom architectural elements, it would be this dynamic duo. They're blessed with a Rolodex of master craftspeople with whom they have been working for decades, and every wall and surface in the Hubermans’ home showcases their personal creativity and love of fine craftsmanship. “It's the furniture as well as the architectual elements that complete the statement of the home," Stephen Huberman says.
Globetrotting travelers, the Hubermans allow their passion for diverse collections of original art, sculpture, wine labels, monkey memorabilia, and flea market treasures to infuse their house with character and a unique panache that reflects their life in design. “We couldn’t do this for a client because it’s taken us a lifetime to collect all of this,” Stephen admits. “In truth, we’re really ferrets.”
|A 1920s art deco chair in a wild tiger print in a sitting room off the master bedroom; the woven leather rug is by Stark. Painting of nude by French artist Jeanne Lorioz; sculpture by Damián Gironés. Taupe silk walls. Custom stainless-steel mesh fireplace surround.|
|Custom console near window features a new limestone top on an old iron gate fragment turned upside down and welded to an iron Parsons table. Floral arrangement was created by the Hubermans’ daughter, a florist. Antique lamps are from John Rosselli Antiques. The lacquered bench was created by the designers and covered in cowhide.|
The homeowners designed the custom mantle and shelving. The iron chandelier was specially made for the room. The French Gothic-style trefoil mirror above the mantle may have begun life as a church window. Glass candlesticks are from Bungalow in Westport, CT; antique rock crystal spheres were flea market finds.
|A sepia monkey-themed mural on canvas by artist Kaye Lowinger continues the outdoor theme of the sky-blue barrel ceiling with trellis effect in the breakfast room. French iron scrollwork chairs accompany a wooden trestle table for casual meals. Checkerboard pattern on floor showcases decorative paint, stain, and stenciling.|
|Dining room wallpaper is corrugated cardboard painted to match the living room, then lacquered. To create the tray ceiling, the designers broke through the original low ceiling into the home’s attic space and added molding and trim. Custom obelisk étagères were modified by the designers to sit atop a storage unit. The signed print is by California artist Garth Benton.|