Celebrated interior designer Robin Baron used her magic touch to craft exquisite spaces in the largest unit at a private condominium in Great Neck, New York. Her work on this highly-detailed project began during the pre-construction phase, enabling her to make the home completely custom from day one. Close attention was paid to everything from meticulous planning to an easy visual flow from one room to the next.
This memorable residence blends clean lines, sumptuous textures and bold modern artwork. Designed for an empty nest couple, they are now enjoying life in their dazzling one-of-a-kind space. “My clients really trusted me to bring to light their vision, and they took a lot of leaps of faith with me,” Baron said. “They had a sense of what they wanted from photos they showed me, something modern and luxe, but my job is to incorporate what they think they want into what they really want.”
In order to achieve that, Baron was met by the challenge of visually separating individual spaces within an open floor plan. “I was able to distinguish each area using form, texture, color, rugs and carpeting. My clients are very into art, so the project ended up being art-centric.”
Art plays a major role in the family room, where the owner’s painting harmonizes with a plush magenta couch while picking up tones from the rug and accessories on the credenza. “My design inspiration is to take a clean palette and add an eclectic mix of furnishings and accents; I don’t follow one strict era or style,” Baron explained.
Another attention-grabbing design element is an elongated fireplace encased in stone, Baron said. “It sets the tone for the surrounding rooms and there’s graciousness to it, yet it is part of a comfortable space for hanging out.”
While Baron has her own line of furnishings in the Robin Baron Collection, she used a mix of other designer accents such as the living room coffee table from J. Robert Scott, kitchen stools from Dennis Miller, and her own coffee table design in the den. Decorative painting throughout and custom wallcoverings in the hall and foyer were installed by The Alpha Workshops, a non-profit group who hires workers with disabilities.
The final result? Rooms that are ‘Luxe But Livable,’ one of Baron’s trademarks. “It’s homey and comfortable, and the owners are happy to be there. Every single day they tell me how much they love it.”
Photography by Marco Ricca.
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