This week’s Room of the Week is one of my all-time favorites for many reasons, the main one being that this entire home is completely unexpected…

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From the outside, the construction of this upstate New York retreat looks like a modern box barn. For this reason, you might expect the inside to be the same – modern, and maybe a bit cold – and yet this room is completely cozy, even set against the washed pine paneling.

I like that the antique daybed separates this living room space…

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From this artist workspace on the opposite end of the staircase. Does any work actually take place here? I certainly hope so. It’s certainly one of the most chic painting lofts I’ve ever seen.

But back to the living room…

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When you get a closer look at it, the setup is really quite simple. There is just the right touch of modernism, but the sofa looks perfectly acceptable to flop down on and relax. The palette also happens to be one of my favorites. I wouldn’t mind a bit more pattern in the rug, even if it were just tone-on-tone.

Here it is styled for the feature in Elle Decor…

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A little bit different with a soft ottoman as the coffetable and – you’ll see in the first photo – the chairs have been moved around to be symmetrical. Personally, I prefer the more casual version!

Bonus room: this dining area.

steven harris dining room

I have major dreams of a home that opens up on both sides like this so you feel like you’re dining al fresco!

You can see more of the home that belongs to Stephen Harris (the architect) and Lucien Rees Roberts (the designer) on their respective sites. It’s really such an interesting gem! What do you think of the living room? Would you change anything?

images :: elle decor // rees roberts


6 responses on “ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 3.20

  1. Emily St. John

    I love this home! The walls are absolutely gorgeous, and I would die to have a studio like that- it’s so pretty! Better than my garage that I use currently! You’re right to question if it’s ever used, though. I don’t think my studio has ever looked that pristine! Also, I completely agree on the rug, it would help to break of the space a little, even if it had a subtle pattern. I have always wanted a home that opens up on both sides, I live in California so we would be able to use it most of the year. Your blog is beautiful, can’t wait to look around more :)


  2. Anne

    I love the idea of an open-on-both-sides house too. Unfortunately, I like in Indiana where the weather is pleasant for about one month out of the year. Beautiful photos and decor!


    Rays of Rossi

  3. Steven G.

    Very smart to use oversized art in the narrow but tall living room. Really opens the space up and takes your eye up to the beautiful rafters in this incredible volume. I love having great art right at the top or the bottom of a staircase for that unexpected wow factor. The natural light is wonderful and I also love the rough concrete fireplace, adds great texture. Thanks for sharing!


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About Cassandra LaValle

Cassandra LaValle is the founder and editor-in-chief of coco+kelley where she explores trends in fashion, decor and entertaining, highlighting pieces that exude classic design and glamour. As a designer, she consults clients across the globe on styling their homes and private events from her offices in Seattle.