Happy Home Tour via House Beautiful

I am at ALT Summit meeting the most inspiring creative minds like Garance Dore and Ben Silbermann of Pinterest. More of that to come…

Today, here is a fab house I wanted to share via House Beautiful. 

A Traditional Tudor House Gets a Youthful, Vivid Update

Sunshine and color breathe life into a young family’s suburban Tudor in Rye, New York. Designer Sara Gilbane filled the traditional space, originally built in 1919, with nature motifs and jewel-tones hues.

By Jen Renzi

Living Room

An Allyson Reynolds diptych adds a burst of color to a living room in Rye, New York. Designer Sara Gilbane treated the clients’ sofa to a glamorous makeover with Schumacher’s Antique Linen Velvet, trimmed in bullion fringe by Samuel & Sons. Walling up a doorway to the right of the sofa created more space for a traditional seating arrangement. The clients’ club chair is covered in Classic Cloth’s Limoges. Stool from Bunny Williams Home in Vaughan’s Milas. Side tables from Mecox Gardens. Lamps by Roy Hamilton for Christopher Spitzmiller.

Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese

Sara Gilbane

Gilbane in the living room. The pillow is in China Seas’ Raffles.

Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese

Ceramic Flower Wall Art

One wall of the living room is embellished with ceramic flowers by artist Bradley Sabin. The sunroom beyond features a banquette upholstered in a Kravet stripe.

Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese


Moroccan tiles from Country Floors pave the sunroom, which is used as a multipurpose family room. Gilbane had the ceiling painted in a custom pale-blue lacquer for an indoor/outdoor feel. The walls are covered in Woven Rattan by Phillip Jeffries. Pillows in Kravet, Holland & Sherry, and Martyn Lawrence Bullard fabrics. Curtains of Clarence House’s Mesa. Ceiling fan from Fanimation.

Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese


The curves of the foyer’s Made Goods mirror mimic the lines of the Swedish Rococo console by Tara Shaw Maison. The walls are covered in a sky-blue grass cloth from Clarence House that the designer had painted with tree branches and cattails by Brian G. Leaver. “The entry was the perfect place to set the tone for the rest of the house, with a motif that’s whimsical and sophisticated, yet timeless, ” Gilbane says.

Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese


The foyer’s grass-cloth walls extend up the stairwell, where decorative painter Brian G. Leaver embellished them with the fantasy of a live oak. Stair runner by Stark.

Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese

Dining Room

A pedestal table from Century Furniture is surrounded by dining chairs from Hickory Chair, in a Schumacher mohair-velvet with Carolina Irving’s Andaluz on the backs. Rug by Stark.

Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese

Breakfast Room

In the breakfast room, Urban Electric Co.’s Campion light fixture hangs above a rustic farmhouse table surrounded by rush chairs. For the wall, artist Wonjung Choi created the school of plastic fish, one for each family member. Wall painted in Farrow & Ball Modern Emulsion in Skimming Stone.

Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese


For the library, Gilbane re-covered the clients’ sofa with a Holland & Sherry navy corduroy. “That room is small, and they wanted all the kids to fit there, ” says Gilbane. “So we had to be practical about furniture, choosing an ottoman instead of a cocktail table.” Custom ottoman covered in Edelman Leather’s Ostrich. Benches by Jonathan Adler in a George Spencer Designs mohair. by Ira Yeager.

Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese

Powder Room

The powder room’s hand-painted stripes by Deirdre Newman combine colors used throughout the house. Sink by Waterworks.

Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese

Son’s Bedroom

The eldest son’s bedroom, with Roman shades in Alan Campbell’s Ferns, has walls in a grass cloth by Phillip Jeffries.

Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese

Daughter’s Bedroom

In each child’s bedroom, Gilbane painted the trim a bold color. The eldest daughter chose Benjamin Moore Aura in Blue Seafoam.

Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese

Master Bedroom

The soft tones of the master bedroom start with the Elizabeth Dow wallpaper and continue in the Muriel Brandolini print on the bed canopy and valance; the headboard is upholstered in Dominique Picquier’s Velours Viscose. Custom bedding, Sharyn Blond Linens. Settee from Bunny Williams Home.

Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese


The Tudor-style house was built in 1919.

Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese

Please make sure you “like” The English Room on Facebook.
Follow  @theenglishr on Twitter
Follow Holly Phillips @ The English Room on Pinterest
Follow The English Room in Tumblr
Follow The English Room on Instagram
Follow me on KEEP too!
Please feel free to contact The English Room if you are interested in our interior design services in Charlotte or beyond.