An Art-Driven and Color-Splashed Redesign

The homeowner insisted upon setting her custom upholstered bed back into a wall of built-ins. It’s a move that, as Mitchell notes, ensures plenty of books are always at her fingertips.

The duo added extra oomph with artwork—a number of pieces plucked, naturally, from Mitchell Hill’s own stable of artists. And since the homeowner loves bold color, the pair layered it on liberally yet skillfully, as seen in a purple built-in bench and a custom headboard in peacock blue. “Your eye might land on the pear-colored wingback chair,” Mitchell suggests, “but it doesn’t hold you there. You still notice all these other design statements. So the house has pop yet feels soothing.”

Tempering the vibrant hues is a backdrop of neutral gray that serves to enhance the home’s 19th-century architecture. Like many homes in the Holy City, its character has been beautifully maintained over the decades thanks to a strict standard of historic preservation. And although portions of the residence were renovated by previous owners, the updates were done faithfully and appropriately—as with the kitchen’s pristine white marble and European-style cabinetry. “We painted the room a dark blue to elevate it and make it more sophisticated,” Mitchell says.

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