How designer Joan Enger transformed a custom home with a subdued palette and a perfectly restrained aesthetic.
In order to create a custom house that appealed to a variety of styles, designer Joan Enger of J. PATRYCE DESIGN put together a stylish abode rooted in a subtle palette and restrained aesthetic. When Enger first approached the 100-year-old home, it hadn’t been lived in for 50 years; the front door was covered in graffiti, and the roof had a hole the size of a car. For 17 months, Enger worked with her developer husband to transform the property into a comfortable and classic home with a design that didn’t feel heavy-handed.
Read below for our tour of this standout spec home.
In the kitchen, natural light complements the custom cerused oak kitchen cabinetry with custom brass detailing. Circular pendant lights from Lambert & Fils provide contrast and bring out streaks of black in the marble countertops and backsplash from Marble America in New Rochelle, New York. The stools were sourced from CB2, and the appliances, Wolf.
For Enger, the choice of brass for the ladder rail was a design risk, as the metal doesn’t appeal to everyone — but its warmth offsets the cool neutrals of the ktichen. She purchased the oak ladder through a custom millworker, and the hardware was supplied through Klaffs. Ten-foot tall telescoping doors from Marvin conserve space. Originally from Bungalow 5, the desk chair was reupholstered in velvet from Claremont Furnishing Fabrics Company.
An eleven-foot ceiling in the living room allowed Enger to experiment with large-scale artworks, including two paintings by Tim Leffens. Beneath the painting, the console is from Restoration Hardware, and the overhead light fixture is from Lambert & Fils. The custom limestone mantle was designed in house, and she had the vintage coffee table repainted. A speckled gray sofa from CB2 pairs well with vintage lounge chairs reupholstered in fabric from Holly Hunt.
Enger restored the parlor windows to their original, floor-to-ceiling height.
The designer had originally envisioned an ultra-modern aesthetic for the space, but when she discovered that the original stair railings and posts could be restored, she opted for a style that combined both classic and contemporary elements.
Custom millwork adds elegance to the dining room. The lights over the bookcases are from Visual Comfort, and the vintage chairs were reupholstered in linen from Rogers & Goffigon. Enger found the the sisal rug at AllModern; she refinished the vintage table.
The artwork in the dining room is by Jed Miner and is available at J. PATRYCE DESIGN.
In this nook, the cabinetry is custom. The custom banquette cushion is covered in fabric from Holland & Sherry, while the pillows are from Williams-Sonoma Home. The stool, rug, and sconces are from Williams-Sonoma Home, Bungalow 5, and Cedar and Moss, respectively.
In the powder room, Enger paired ash gray tile sourced from Marble America with a custom rift oak vanity and hardware from Crosswater London (formerly Ammara Designs). The mirror is from Restoration Hardware, while the sconce is by Visual Comfort.
The entryway features rich black doors and a matching railing on the stairs.
The master bedroom relies on a variety of vintage pieces, including the small accent table, chairs (reupholstered in striped linen), and benches (reupholstered in chenille). The cocoa-colored dresser is from AllModern, as is the bed, while the intricate mirror comes from Anthropologie. Bedside tables from Bungalow 5 flank the bed, topped with vintage lamps featuring custom lampshades. A textured rug from AllModern completes the look.
Neutral-toned travertine tile on the floor and wall is the standout feature of the master bath. The cerused oak vanity and matte lacquer shelving unit were custom designed. The tub is from Victoria + Albert, the fixtures are from Kallista, and the bench is vintage.
In the guest bedroom, Enger chose a subtle CB2 bed, AllModern nightstand, and artful AllModern mirror. She reupholstered the vintage stools in blue linen and the vintage Adrian Pearsall lounge chair in Rogers & Goffigon fabric. The painting is also vintage.
For the girl’s bedroom, Enger chose a playful style centered around vintage artwork, such as the cast aluminum antlers she purchased at auction. The side chair is vintage Milo Baughman, reupholstered in Rogers & Goffigon fabric, and the chest is from CB2. The accent table is from West Elm. A floor pillow, also from West Elm, enhances the youthful atmosphere.
In the laundry room, porcelain mosaic tile and Caesarstone counters from Marble America set the tone. West Elm baskets, glass jars and a laundry basket from the Container Store, and a woven towel from ABC Carpet & Home keep the space organized and aesthetically interesting. The millwork is custom.
Enger created an accent wall from Ann Sacks tile; the remaining floor and wall tile, along with the countertops, is from Marble America. She found the medicine cabinets at Restoration Hardware and reupholstered the vintage Eero Saarinen stool in Maharam vinyl. The sink hardware is from Crosswater London (formerly Ammara Designs), the sconce is from Visual Comfort, and the towel is from ABCCarpet & Home.
For the outdoor area, Enger created three spaces — the firepit and seating area in the back, a turf-covered portion in the middle, and a semi-covered section near the sliding doors for lounging, dining, and outdoor cooking. She designed a modern IPE and cable wire staircase so that the homeowners could easily access the outdoor kitchen. The firepit is from Restoration Hardware, and Enger added the customized IPE base. The chairs are from AllModern.