Modern Gray Home Remodel

Designer Vanessa DeLeon used plush fabrics and deep gray accent pieces to put an elegant spin on this complete home remodel.
By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Family-Friendly Kitchen Island

For a family with three young children, “access and durability were key kitchen design considerations,” says DeLeon. After considering a traditional island with counter-height seating, she opted for a more manageable, easier access arrangement; – a 36"-high island with a built-in banquette and stylish, generously sized dining table by End Grain Furniture and Design featuring a reclaimed top and glass overlay.

Room to Room

The transitional nature of the kitchen and living spaces creates an easy flow between the two rooms.

Vibrant Study Space

The study features custom built-in bookcases by Bergen County-based FEA Designs, while the glass desk is decorated by Jonathan Adler’s charming horse lamp. The homeowners’ vintage mid-century white cane-back barrel chairs are finished with cotton cushions in shades of gray and lilac to complement the vintage purple rug.

Nautically Inspired

This boy’s retreat offered the added challenge of designing around the room’s existing architectural features. “Because of the shape of the room, there was only one wall to accommodate a bed,” DeLeon said. The room features a custom upholstered headboard with nail-head trim flanked by built-in window seats by FEA Designs. A classic navy tone-on-tone color palette is executed in the diamond-patterned headboard, navy hounds tooth window cushions and Roman shades in navy pinstripe velvet.

Master Bedroom Oasis

DeLeon united two separate living areas within the master bedroom, using a matching pair of shag rugs. Their silver gray shade sets the tone for the room, which features a sophisticated sitting area for two with matching Moda chairs by H Studio, artfully upholstered in beige velvet with coordinating damask velvet.

Small Details

Artfully detailed wallpaper adds a sparkling, glamorous touch to the powder room.

Room to Relax

Inspired by a vintage Moroccan daybed with classic mosharabi wood panels, DeLeon infused the master bedroom sitting room with an eclectic Mediterranean vibe. “We wanted to create a nook that felt a little bit exotic, but was comfortable enough for the kids to play,” explains DeLeon. The black painted daybed is accessorized with an assortment of Madeline Weinrib pillows in colors that complement the oversized tufted ottoman in turquoise velvet. Neutral velvet panels, an over-dyed vintage rug by ABC Carpet and Home and Phillip Jeffries’ glass-beaded wallpaper keep the overall mood subtle with a sophisticated shimmer.

Cozy Sitting Space

Ottomans in textured velvet stripe pick up the rug’s two-tone shading while a coppery glass cube table, weathered basket and Lucite lamp bases work to capture DeLeon’s affinity for mixing metallic and flat finishes for a look that’s opulent yet understated.

Bedroom Details

The H Studio headboard is upholstered in gray Ultra-suede and flanked by two antique mirrors resting on end tables that echo the streamlined design of artist Palo Samko’s custom wood and lacquer dresser.

Plush Living Space

The living room features a pair of high-back tufted wing chairs by Christopher Guy and a barely-there acrylic cocktail table by Diane Paparo. “The chairs set the room’s monochromatic tone and blend beautifully with the tufted crushed-velvet sofa in a rich shade of chocolate and vintage over-dyed rug,” said designer Vanessa DeLeon. Pops of turquoise and pink add a bit of color to the space.

Elegant Dining

A glamorous chandelier sits above a round Hudson Furniture table that can accommodate eight, while the chairs are upholstered in a soft shade of stone crushed velvet. The room’s spectacular windows are finished with simple custom white linen panels with a subtle sheared texture.

Jewel-Toned Kitchen

The kitchen features a faux leather banquette on two sides (with a cushioned back and seat for extra comfort), fabricated by Evelyn’s Creations in Richfield, N.J., and a pair of George II Lucite chairs by Plexi-Craft provide ample seating. Calacatta gold marble countertops and backsplash set the neutral tone for the kitchen’s monochromatic color palette, a soft mix of walnut-stained wood, absolute black granite and mother- of -pearl, all tied together with milky white cabinets by FEA Designs. Over the island, a pair of wrought- iron Arteriors chandeliers with an oil-rubbed bronze finish cast a subtle glow. “I wanted to mix silver, gold and bronze to create a jewel -tone element here. Nothing glitzy or trendy, but timeless with sparkle,” DeLeon says of blending high-shine finishes such as polished nickel faucets with antique brass hardware.

Eye-Catching Welcome

Black-and-white striped wallpaper gives the entryway a bold touch, while the gold-trimmed mirror and elegant lighting adds a bit of glamour.

Understated Office Space

The cool grays tones that are apparent throughout the house transition easily into the home office, as defined by the steel-toned drapery and plush area rug.

Rustic Bar Area

“For this basement entertainment area, the homeowners envisioned an elegant, yet relaxed space without the structured formality of bar stools,” DeLeon said. The designer paired the warmth of reclaimed wood planks with broad expanses of white natural quartz by Caesarstone on the bar and white Thassos marble on the backsplash. End Grain Furniture and Design built the bar on site, maintaining a live edge to impart a sense of movement and keeping its raw top and irregular burn marks to create contrast of color and enhance its aged appearance. Behind the bar, FEA Designs built and stained custom cabinetry to echo the floor’s rich wood stain. A collection of five pendant light fixtures in varying shapes enhances the feeling of warmth, while an antique mirror behind the bar adds a dose of Old World glamour.

Perfect Balance

In the formal dining room, DeLeon achieves an appealing balance between feminine and masculine with a pair of romantic Kravet banquettes in black crushed velvet on the ends, accompanied by eight sturdy leather and antique gold barrel dining chairs by Arteriors.

Sit-Down Dining

The formal dining room features an over-dyed turquoise rug from Creative Touch in Secaucus, N.J., while the table hails from Brooklyn-based artisan woodworker Palo Samko.

Rustic Boy's Bedroom

Relaxed and rustic, DeLeon paired masculine shades of gray and chocolate brown to give this boy’s bedroom timeless functionality. A hand-crafted queen bed and matching night stands are paired with a vintage over-dyed rug from Creative Touch and woven wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries.

Artisan Wood Table

The handcrafted table by Palo Samko features his signature butterfly joinery. “In this room, the table is the show-stopper,” says DeLeon, who continued the clean, crisp look with lightweight velvet panels in dark gray on the windows.

A Little Mood Lighting

The chandelier from Currey & Company is purposefully understated.

Room for Everyone

Banquettes in black crushed velvet sit at both ends of the table, while eight sturdy leather and antique gold barrel dining chairs make up the rest of the seating in the space.

Artful Ceiling Design

The metallic paper on the ceiling echoes the design in the adjacent living room.

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