The kitchen island and built-in cabinet were painted a bold Wedgwood blue, while wine labels were artfully arranged and framed in blue tile over the cooktop//All photos by Tom Crane.
From Left: The breakfast room was elegantly designed with comfort in mind; Black-and-white marble greets visitors in the center hallway.
Blue is the owner’s favorite color, so various shades are used throughout the home in significant ways. In the kitchen, a built-in display cabinet and the island were repainted Wedgwood blue with a subtle aged glazing. Blue granite with flecks of gray, white and crystal covers the island and lower cabinets. McCoy and Buchner designed the backsplash, having their favorite wine labels artfully arranged and framed in blue tile over the cooktop.
The blue-and-white theme continues in the breakfast room, in the upholstered, skirted, embroidered Lee Jofa chairs that surround the table. “This is where the homeowners eat the majority of their meals,” says McCoy. “They wanted the chairs to be very comfortable, because they like to linger after dinner.”
Blue sets a dramatic mood in the master bedroom, where a black four-poster bed from Hickory Chair makes a regal impression. A canopy of royal-blue velvet covers the bed and continues in the long panels on each side. Cream-colored silk lines the inner curtains.
Masculine and feminine accents ensure that the space is equally comfortable for husband and wife. “Deep-blue velvet is usually a fabric that would go into a men’s library,” says Buchner. “But it was a nice contrast to the bed’s feminine style.”
Elsewhere in the room, traditional French bedside chests were refinished in an updated gray. The walls are covered in a navy-blue, glazed grass-cloth with silver accents. The treatment adds to the overall dramatic feel.
“The walls are beautiful, but not many clients would be willing to go for that in an entire room,” admits McCoy. “The client trusted that it would be perfect. It was a dream to be able to work with materials like this.”
The Carlyle, a luxurious Upper East Side institution, is one of the owners’ favorite spots in New York City. Fittingly, it served as the inspiration for the home’s lower level, a place set aside for entertaining family and friends. The design was modeled after the Carlyle’s iconic Bemelmans Bar, named for famed artist Ludwig Bemelmans, who painted the bar’s mural, titled “The Four Seasons.” McCoy and Buchner went so far as to have a copy of the work painted around the bar in the Wayne home.
“The owners are quite sentimental about their travels and all the memories of places that make them happy,” says McCoy. “This [space] is an amalgamation of all these feelings.”
The mural’s vibrant colors are also apparent in the royal-blue velvet swivel bar stools. To the side of the bar, a lounge area has a custom banquette in an alcove, the seating upholstered in a deep-orange-red mohair. Nearby, two round mahogany cocktail tables are arranged near three barrel-back chairs.
The lower level’s pool table and bar area were inspired by New York City’s Carlyle hotel.
The lower level also features a game area with a pool table, plus a theater room and an office.
“We had so much fun working with these clients,” says McCoy. “We still keep in touch.”