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Warm tones with touches of soft orange (the wife’s favorite color) dictate the family room, a comfortable space that overlooks the back yard. Sofas by Quatrine. Some of the husband’s treasured Japanese wood blocks adorn the wall

A small 1950s Ranch goes uptown with a harmonious mix of contemporary elements and antiques

The Ranch house, warm and inviting, became a symbol for relaxed living in the 1950s, a suburban phenomenon conducive to raising families. The tradition continues with this 2,100-square-foot charmer in Braes Heights that has been elegantly updated for a family of four.

“I have clients who have 8,000-square-foot houses and you have to walk half a block to see what the kids are doing! Not so here,” says designer Linda Eyles of Linda Eyles Design, Inc. who loves the house for its easy flow and clean lines. “It’s testimony to how well a smaller home fits a family if you have the right furniture and flow of spaces. This family lives together really well in this house. And the homeowner has fabulous taste! She has a great sense of color. She made it easy for me!

The love affair is mutual. “I love the look! I like things to be uncluttered and timeless,” says the woman of the house. “I couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out! It’s inviting and easy and not fussy.”

And that’s a good thing when you have an 11-year-old daughter, 9-year-old son and their friends to consider. Not to mention the family dog, Murphy, a spunky Kerry Blue Terrier who considers this to be his kingdom.

The couple purchased the home several years ago after a local contractor had renovated it. The den in the back of the house had already been added; ceilings had been raised. It had great original hardwood floors and windows. The rooms were spacious.

The neighborhood had great schools and stately trees that speak to the community’s longevity and appeal. They put in an offer that April, closed on the house in May, moved in June and had their first child in September. A busy year.

So what next?

A “necessary list” such as new air conditioning was tackled immediately. Low-maintenance, beautiful landscaping that would endure the seasons was accomplished through landscaping by Fischer Schalles. And Fischer Schalles would be the connection that led the homeowners to Eyles.

While perusing the local newspaper, the wife noticed an article about a local designer’s house. “It was all about how Fischer Schalles did Linda Eyles’ landscaping and it mentioned that she had a design studio at her house. I was desperately seeking someone for guidance, so I called Fischer Schalles and said ‘Do you think this woman would be interested in helping me with my little house?’ They said ‘Of course!’ So I called Linda and the rest is history.”

The couple has worked with Eyles six years now, tackling one room at a time and having a ball. “I was ready for real furniture that’s going to stand the test of time and I needed help putting it all together. It’s expensive to do it on your own because you make mistakes,” the wife says. “I needed that interior designer expertise.”

The front living room underwent an impressive transformation. Described as “pretty much a sea of Little Tykes toys,” today it’s a sophisticated mix of antiques and modern elements in neutrals, all laid upon a beautiful oriental rug from Pride of Persia. “This room was a challenge,” says the homeowner. “It needed balance and more seating.”

An impressive cabinet from Joyce Horn Antiques anchors one wall while a variety of seating, including the couple’s camelback sofa reupholstered in antique velvet, assures comfort for company. A stunning Louis 16th settee from Watkins Culver greets visitors upon entry while a custom mirror of cut antique glass hangs behind it.

The dining room is a vision in a custom dining table designed by Eyles. Vintage Venetian dining chairs from Watkins Culver are perfect companions to the piece while a beautiful chandelier from Niermann Weeks hovers overhead. The customer’s own sideboard with a custom paint finish by Jacque Williams looks right at home against one wall while beautiful draperies from Horton Draperies round out the room. (Horton draperies throughout the house.)

The kitchen received a remodel in classic white, design by Kitchen & Bath Concepts. A Wolf cooktop with oven underneath is a stellar feature here, providing all the bells and whistles while saving on space. Indeed, this kitchen has it all but most appliances are cleverly concealed by design. White Calcutta marble sweeps the countertops.

The breakfast area is infused with a touch of modern via the furniture — an iconic white Isamo Noguchi Cyclone table by Knoll that is paired with darker chairs from Baker furniture for contrast and texture.

Privacy is key in this den that overlooks the back yard with herb garden. Comfort is paramount too with casual sofas sporting linen slipcovers from Quatrine. Japanese wood blocks on the wall are part of her husband’s collection from the Utagawa Kuniyoshi faithful samurai series, 1847-1848, depicting a famous Japanese folk story.

Three bedrooms of notable size are packed into this home’s small square footage. The master is a spacious retreat outfitted in a mix of furnishings for an eclectic look. An antique Asian cabinet houses the television. A vintage Paris bistro table serves as a night table next to a sleek bed from McGuire.

The bedrooms for their son and daughter are charming too, but styled so that the children won’t outgrow the look. A custom-upholstered bed in their son’s room fits handsomely in a neutral setting with shelves for books and knick-knacks framing the window.

The daughter’s room, freshly updated, is pretty and chic in green and orange with bold flower wallpaper donning one wall as backdrop. Twin custom upholstered beds are in keeping with this colorful scheme, as is a striking green Jacqui desk from Bungalow 5 that is partnered with a Victoria Ghost chair by Philippe Stark (Sunset Settings). Fun birdcage pendant light fixtures hang overhead (Stray Dog Designs).

“These homeowners really appreciate this house, an original ranch, and they wanted to do it justice by doing it well. They didn’t want to overdo and overdecorate,” says Eyles, who felt honored to help on the project.

Visitors to the home appreciate its warmth and classy look with a mix of furnishings. “It’s a good example of what you can do with a smaller house,” says the homeowner. “But we couldn’t have done it without Linda! We couldn’t have asked for better.”

Text by Cathy Gordon | Pictures by Bookwalter Photography | Linda Eyles Design, Inc.  | Kitchen Remodel: | Kitchen & Bath Concepts

A perfectly framed scene: the dining room is stunning with a chandelier from Niermann Weeks hovering above a custom dining table designed by Linda Eyles Design, Inc. Vintage Venetian dining chairs from Watkins Culver round out this elegant picture.

A beautiful mirror of cut antique glass reflects the living room décor. Below it, a Louis 16th settee from Watkins Culver.

The living room is elegantly outfitted in timeless pieces, including a large cabinet from Joyce Horn Antiques and the couple’s sofa that was reupholstered in antique velvet. Linda Eyles designed the coffee table combo, a metal and glass table by Peck and Co. that straddles an antique piece from Wind Water Gallery. Rug from Pride of Persia; draperies by Horton Draperies.

An iconic Isamo Noguchi Cyclone table from Knoll is paired with chairs from Baker for a contemporary look in the breakfast room. A classy white built-in cupboard is not only beautiful, but also extremely functional for these homeowners who love to entertain and are part of a dinner club. “I keep tons of glasses and things in there. Great for storing it all!” says the woman of the house.

he family’s dog Murphy, a Kerry Blue Terrier, is a standout “accessory” in the couple’s master bedroom. A vintage Paris Bistro table is to the left of the bed by McGuire Furniture. An antique Asian cabinet adds interest to the mix.

A work of art in their daughter’s room: a profusion of color in the form of treasured collectibles on a bulletin board.

What girl wouldn’t love this bedroom? Colorful big print flower wallpaper acts as backdrop here for wonderful custom upholstered twin beds and a Bungalow 5 Green Jacqui desk with Victoria Ghost Chair by Phillip Stark (Sunset Settings). Fun birdcage pendant light fixtures from Stray Dog Designs hang overhead.

The son’s bedroom is a handsome space with a custom upholstered bed and plenty of shelf and storage space surrounding the window.

A tree swing is a backyard favorite activity.

A giant Magnolia tree is the perfect support for these hanging orchids in front of the home. Landscaping by Fischer Schalles.


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