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Custom metal bookshelves line the wall of the second floor family room. A hidden wall of white storage cabinets with concealed hardware is just visible on the back wall.
While many of the pieces of furniture in the home were custom designed, McCafferty and Stern also incorporated pieces the family owned and loved — although many of these were reupholstered to fit with the new space. By combining these products with a few new classic mid-century items, Stern and McCafferty were able to accomplish a look that's as eclectic and bold as its residents.
This main living space is one of Stern's favorite rooms. "It has such a strong character, and a feeling of authenticity without being overbearing," he says. "I like the light and openness and intensity." Stern set steel beams where the walls intersect with the ceilings and the floors, creating spaces where the home's original brick could remain visible.
Multiple areas of the home have cut-outs to allow for light, emphasize height, and let the original bits of the structure show through. "We developed a concept early on that the juncture between the two townhouses would be celebrated," says Stern. "We wanted to embrace one of the primary conditions of the site and express it through the architecture."
A similar cut-out can be seen in the main living area of the house, where the view goes all the way down to the garden level.
All of the children's rooms have a similar open, modern and bright feel to the rest of the house, but are still very kid-friendly. Each child's room has one bold wall of color, built-in desks and shelves, and a trundle bed custom designed by McCafferty.
The master suite is the definition of relaxation. The clients wanted it to be empty of any distractions or fuss, and McCafferty and Stern put together a room that's truly empty — but in the best possible way. The painted wood floors were given a glossy sheen that reflects the soothing blue wall behind the bed, which McCafferty designed.
The master bath is another one of Stern's favorite rooms. The textured gray walls, pristine bath tub, and white counter and floor all combine to create a soothing room. The large white tiles on the floor are almost seamless, visually extending the space.
The master dressing room is like a work of minimalist art. The couple wanted a dressing room that felt pristine and uncluttered, like the master bedroom. Each of these white panels is a touch-spring door that opens to closet space and shelving.
Overall, this home is a modern home, but it's also full of character. The footprint and style of the original structure is still highly visible throughout the space, as is the clients' unique and bold sense of style. "In the end, every project is unique," says Stern. "This was influenced as much by our predilections as by the site and the needs and personalities of the owner."
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