Designers at Home

What happens when interior designers are their own clients: a look inside five very different, very beautiful homes.

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2. Seamlessly Mixing Colors, Styles, and Centuries


Gregory ALLAN Cramer
Gregory Allan Cramer & Company Inc.
(914) 713-3111

The designer relaxing in his Scarsdale living room


“It was a total disaster,” Gregory Allan Cramer, designer and general contractor, admits cheerfully, speaking of the 3,000-square-foot stucco home in Scarsdale he has spent the past five years lovingly restoring. Effervescent and charming, the boyish Cramer trained as a fine artist immersing himself in painting, sculpture, and color theory. An accomplished glassblower, Cramer studied with famed glass artist Dale Chihuly, and two of Cramer’s own pieces are in the permanent collection of the Corning Museum.

His artist’s eye, combined with his more than 25 years experience as a designer, allows Cramer to effortlessly mix items as diverse as 15th-century Italian icons and 1950s furniture. ”My house includes pieces from mid-century modern, to William & Mary, to Salvation Army finds,” notes Cramer in the masterpiece he calls home.

Serene blues and jaunty stripes combine with Danish modern chairs and a stainless-steel table in the sitting area of the master bedroom. Cramer designed the silk bed linens. The walnut-framed headboard has mohair insets in a grid pattern. Pillow fabric is by Donghia; settee fabric is by Jab.
Mixed chrome chairs, all covered in Donghia fabric, mesh perfectly with a contemporary wooden tabled topped with custom beveled glass in French blue in the dining room. The 19th-century iron chandelier was electrified but features beeswax candle sleeves hearkening back to its candle-bearing beginnings. The console is one section of a 19th-century piece from Tibet. Above it, a ‘70s-era-serigraph, chosen for its bright colors.
Painting Lifetime Companions is by Lisa Krouse. The end table, one of a pair, is French garden furniture topped with Carrera marble. The Egyptian rug is from A.T. Proudian in Greenwich, CT.
Both couches in the living room are covered with Christopher Hyland mohair; lacquered Baker coffee table with apothecary jar from Harrods, blue-green glass piece by Andre Thuret and an orange '60s art glass bowl that was a 50th birthday present. The large graphic artwork, Three Graces, over the couch is by Nat Cole. The steel frame captain chairs, originally from Windows on the World, were purchased from the Bethlehem Steel offices.




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