When Kristin Casey and her husband bought their 1929, six-bedroom New Jersey home, it had fantastic bones, but a series of hackneyed renovations had left it worse for wear (think vinyl faux brick flooring and laminate cabinets). Casey and her family spent two years doing a gut-renovation. "We'd live in one half of the house for six months, then switch. It's not for everyone." The result — a perfect blend of timeless and personal — was worth the wait.
Here, Casey combined new and old (and high and low). The walls are painted in Muralo's Misty Windowpane; the window treatments are cozy in 100% wool, Pollack Heathered Flannel. "I've always loved Rose Tarlow's Bloomsbury fabric — the floral on the throw pillows and antique chair — and designed this whole room around it," Casey says.
Casey's family loves piling into this room to watch sports but that doesn't mean it like a box at Yankee Stadium. Donghia's Hinson Madagascar wallpaper softens the walls, and vintage prints by Olof Rudbeck purchased at a Nye and Company auction add charm. Casey upgraded a Barley twist table lamp from Target with a custom lampshade from Cruel Mountain Designs, made with Indian cotton fabric she found on Etsy. She purchased the antique Ming-style table in Asia, where she used to live.
"This square room called out for a round table, and I found an antique one on eBay for a song," Casey says. "It was in the basement of a Brooklyn brownstone and was in really bad shape; I had it refinished and it looks amazing!" She added a touch of fun by upholstering antique French Louis XVI chairs in Oscar de la Renta fabric for Lee Jofa. Faux-tortoise bamboo lantern by Two Worlds Arts. Gouache botanical paintings by Mia Carameros.
In a dark space without a lot of natural light, Casey embraced it, painting everything from the walls to the woodwork in Benjamin Moore Grizzly Bear Brown. The result? COZY, all caps. Etchings made by her father-in-law found shortly after he passed away add special meaning to the room and interest to the walls. "This is by far my favorite room in the house," Casey says. The window treatment fabric is Menna by Katie Leede finished with a grosgrain band by Samuel and Sons. Vintage bench, 1st Dibs, upholstered in Ziggery by Madeaux by Richard Smith through John Rosselli. Rug, Stark Carpet.
New wainscoting adds architectural interest to a windowless powder room, made cheery with Galbraith and Paul's Pomegranate wallpaper. "I love bold wallpaper in small spaces," Casey says. Sconce, Visual Comfort. Console and Sink by Urban Archaeology; faucet by Waterworks. Towels, Leontine Linens.
Between the kitchen and dining room, the butler's pantry's custom cabinetry makes a dreamy statement in Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue. Wallpaper, Pineapple Frond by Soane Britain. Sink by Whitehaus; Faucet from Barber Wilsons in un-lacquered brass.
A lot of mudrooms have open shelving, but Casey insisted on doors — all the better to hide away backpacks and sports equipment. Reclaimed brick herringbone flooring is both sturdy and stunning. Casey designed the leather and brass door handles, which were made by Wilmette Hardware. Custom cabinetry in Benjamin Moore's Oat Straw.
Custom cabinetry with a lot of handsome details — exposed hinges and restoration glass — make a new kitchen feel like it's original to the house. "The most important step was having the cabinets painted with brushes rather than sprayed," Casey says. "You can see the brush strokes — exactly the look I was going for." Goodman Hanging Light fixtures by Visual Comfort. Range, Viking. Paint color is Pointing by Farrow & Ball.
Casey loves color and pattern, but purposefully kept their master bedroom calm and soothing. Wall color, Nimbus by Benjamin Moore. Custom headboard in Longavi linen by Holland and Sherry. Lamp, Pisa Ceramic by Festoni. Curtains, by Holland and Sherry and Longavi Linen, with Samuel and Sons trim. The chair is Casey's great-aunts, recovered in Victoria Hagan's Lucky Match fabric.