When Adrienne Kessel, owner of Adrienne Kessel Interior Design, made over a room in her Port Jefferson Village home, the designer didn't have to go far for the furnishings. She used existing pieces from throughout her home to create the sitting room/library. "Whenever I work with a client, I encourage them to shop their home for pieces that can be repurposed in the new space," Kessel says.
Furnished mostly with itmes she inherited or found at garage sales and discount stores, Kessel reupholstered the sofa her mother left her and turned an old sewing machine case into a storage cabinet.
The room is small -- only 12 by 12 feet -- so she used furniture sparingly and kept an eye on scale. "What people usually do in a small room is try to get as much seating as possible in it," Kessel says. "That just emphasizes the size of the room. Furniture of an appropriate size will make the room feel larger."
Total: $3,048 (Kessel's fee for a room like this would be $650 to $750). --SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN
It includes one can each of Benjamin Moore’s Manchester Tan ($40) and Newbury Port Blue ($40), provided and applied ($325) by John Politis Painting, Miller Place.
MIRRORS, $24 (for two). From HomeGoods.
STACKED BASKETS, existing. These modern, wooden picnic basket add texture and interest to the room.
PLANT STANDS, gifts.
WORLD MAP ARTWORK, $50 (for two).
From HomeGoods, Port Jefferson.
REUPHOLSTER SOFA, $925. “It is worth reupholstering a piece if it has good bones,” Kessel says. She inherited the sofa from her mother, but wanted a color that tied together the blue and tan of the walls and the blue, tan and burgundy of the rug. Fabric ($250) from a designer-only source; and reupholstery work ($675) by Rocky Point Upholsterers, Rocky Point.
ACCENT PILLOW, $52. “The key to mixing patterns [in this case stripes, checks and floral of the rug] is the size of the pattern. I wouldn’t have used a large check in this room,” Kessel says. Fabric left over from the window treatments; trim ($12) from Duralee Fabrics, Syosset; and fabrication ($40) by a designer-only workroom.
ANTIQUE STEAMER TRUNK, existing.
RUG, existing. From HomeGoods.
BLUE CHINA, $200.
Some of the many pieces in the room were gifts. Most she bought for about $1 or $2 each, except the soup tureens ($150 for two); and a platter ($32) from Village Chairs & Wares, Port Jefferson Village.
ANTIQUE MINIATURE TELESCOPE, existing. This had belonged to Kessel's mother.
GREEN LEATHER CHAIR, $10.
From a garage sale up the street in Port Jefferson Village.
WOOL THROW and PILLOW, existing.
ANTIQUE PICNIC BASKET, existing.
SUITCASES, a gift.
WINDOW TREATMENTS, $1,353 (for three).
“I think most people don’t appreciate how much a window treatment adds a finished look to a room,” says Kessel, adding that a wisely chosen window treatment will work no matter how many times you redo the room. Fabric ($728) from Kravet Fabrics, Bethpage; fabrication ($625) by a designer-only source.
CABINET, existing. This is Kessel’s old sewing machine cabinet. She removed the machine, added shelves and replaced the door panels.
MIRROR, $19. From HomeGoods.
CANDLESTICK LAMP, $10. From Marshalls, Syosset.
This is actually two pieces that she cobbled together.
CRYSTAL CARAFE and GLASSES, a gift.
SERVING PLATE, a gift.