Adjoining sitting rooms with 2 different styles
When newlyweds Paul and Tracy Posillico moved into their new home in Huntington, they quickly realized that they needed decorating help. Tracy, 26, a graduate student from California, and Paul, 38, an engineer who works in Manhattan, had different decor tastes. Paul likes lots of color. Tracy is into the clean crispness of white. One thing they agreed upon is that they don't like clutter. They also wanted a functional and fashionable family room and adjoining living room that would comfortably seat family and friends. They turned to Paul's sister, Katharine Posillico McGowan, owner of Katharine Jessica Interior Design Llc in Huntington. Total for family room: About $16,500. Total for living room: About $9,600. -- SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN
AFTER (FAMILY ROOM).
LAMP, $450. From Arteriors, a designer-only source.
AMARETTO CHERRY END TABLE and accompanying TRAY, $550. From Stanley Furniture, stanleyfurniture.com.
SOFA and LOVESEAT, $3,400. Posillico McGowan wanted the room to have comfortable seating that wouldn’t make it seem stuffy. From Crate & Barrel, Manhattan.
ACCENT PILLOWS, $250 (for four). Fabric from Duralee Fabrics in Syossett, fabrication by designer.
PAINT, $1,200 (includes three cans of paint). It complements but is slightly different from the paint in the formal living room. They wanted to tie the two rooms together, while still making each distinct. Colors are Benjamin Moore’s Hepplewhite Ivory, and Satin Dove White (trim). Applied by Universal Painting, Yaphank.
WALL CLOCK, $250. From Uttermost in North Carolina, a designer-only source.
CABLE KNIT THROW, $80. From Pottery Barn in Huntington Station.
CASHEW-COLORED LEATHER RECLINER, $1,799. This is where Paul likes to sit. Tracy takes the couch next to him. From Crate & Barrel.
WOVEN REED ACCENT BOWL and MOSS ACCENT BALLS, $75. Bowl ($50) is from eBay.com and five balls ($25) are from Arteriors.
SQUARE STORAGE COCKTAIL TABLE, $950. From Stanley Furniture.
WOOL ACCENT RUG, $999. From Crate & Barrel.
SEMI-FLUSH CHANDELIER, $350. This one and the one in the living room are similar, further tying together the two rooms. From The Savoy House collection, through N&S Lighting and Electrical, Huntington Station. (June 2011)
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, $1,500. The extra storage in the unit helps keep down any clutter. From Stanley Furniture.
SAMSUNG 52-inch FLAT-SCREEN TELEVISION, $799. From P.C. Richard & Son, Greenvale. (June 2011)
WINDOW TREATMENT, $2,300 (for two). One place the designer added color is in the trim and backing of the curtains. Fabric ($2,300) from Kravet Fabrics in Bethpage, installation and fabrication by designer.
HUNTER DOUGLAS SHADES, $1,500 (for two). Purchased direct from Hunter Douglas. (June 2011)
AFTER (LIVING ROOM)
Posillico McGowan wanted to give Tracy and Paul Posillico an elegant but accessible formal living room. Since it has openings to both the family room and dining room, she used a COMPLEMENTARY PAINT ($1,200) that worked with the adjoining rooms. The colors are Benjamin Moore’s Shaker Beige and Satin Dove White (trim). Supplied and applied by Universal Painting, Yaphank.
THE GLASS END TABLES ($600 for two) further encourage the airy, uncluttered feel of the room. From Global Views.
ARTWORK ($350) over the mantel gives a touch of color to the room. From Crate & Barrel. (June 2011)
CANE-BACK CHAIRS ($1,200 for two) give an additional intimate conversation spot without forcing those seated to be out of the loop of the room’s activity. The cane backs add to the open feel of the room. From Global Views, a trade-only source.
THE SMALL, ROUND, MIRRORED TABLE ($250) gives guests a place to rest their drinks without obstructing either their view or the view of the adjourning dining room. From Global Views.
THE BOWL ($150, Global Views) AND FAUX APPLES ($60, HomeGoods in Commack) give a certain warmth and splash of color to the room. (June 2011)
THE STRONGLY PATTERNED WOOL AREA RUG ($1,800) doesn’t have to compete with the neutral furniture in the room. Purchased from Excel Carpets, Commack.
THE COCKTAIL TABLE has intricate iron scrollwork that adds interest to the room ($600). From Global Views. (June 2011)
THE WINDOW TREATMENT ($700) takes full advantage of the light flowing into the room. It gives a sense of privacy without blocking the view. The fabric and crystal beading ($350) are from Kravet Fabric and Home Furnishings, Bethpage; fabrication ($350) by Posillico McGowan’s workroom. (June 2011)
CANDLESTICK FLOOR LAMPS ($1,300 for two) provide light, while their slender base adds an elegant feel. From Jamie Young, purchased direct by the designer. (June 2011)
THE CHANDELIER ($900) complements both the semi-flush chandelier in the family room and the floor lamps in the living room. From The Savoy House collection, purchased from N&S Lighting and Electrical in Huntington Station. (June 2011)
HURRICANE LAMPS AND CANDLES, a wedding gift. (June 2011)
THE BLACK IRON CORNER TOWERS ($500, sold in pairs only) are a perfect place to display treasured photos. From Two’s Company, a trade-only source.