Stately Traditional Home Features Elegant Decor and Latest Trends
Showcasing the latest interior design trends in a historic setting is a tradition for the Albany Vanguard, the organization that supports the acclaimed Albany Symphony Orchestra. For 36 years, area interior designers and artists have put their mark on rooms in the featured house. This year, while the home is not historic, it sits on a plot of land that is steeped in local history.
Located in Albany’s Sage Estate, the property was once part of a 2500 acre tract that was home to mansions, carriage houses, barns and bridges, originally established in the early 1600s. The estate has been on the National Historic Register since 1980 and is now the location of an exclusive, gated community of exquisite homes.
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The living room/study was purposefully designed as a retreat, with no television or electronics. The neutral palette and soothing fabrics are luxurious but not stuffy. Designed by Paula McCormack Interiors, it includes a number of signature features, such as the dark ceiling.
No detail is missing in this elegant room. The mirror panel under some of the windows is a symbol of reflection and the upholstered chair repeats the fabric that is used in the floor length drapes. The mix-and-match style of the lighter curtains keeps the arrangement from being stiff or two formal.
Designer and decorative painter Mary Korzinski transformed a formal dining room into a more welcoming one, which she calls the Indigo-go dining room. The hand-troweled walls are meant to evoke an ikat fabric and the modern crystal chandelier is comprised of stunning crystals mounted in a geometric frame.
The great room, with its wall full of windows, is a truly spectacular living area. Jae Schalekamp of MIN Studio enhanced the stone fireplace by painting the surrounding wall in a complementary gray shade. The stick light fixture is a companion model of the one located in the foyer and the large paintings were custom created for the room.
The exceptionally spacious kitchen received a facelift from Kristina Ellis of K.D. Ellis Interiors. The upper cabinets were in great shape, so the designer updated them from the previous cream color to a crisp white. The other cabinets were made richer looking by deepening the color. Pewter light fixtures play up other accessories and details in the room.
Just off the kitchen is a large family room area, which allows family or friends to hang out while the cook is working in the kitchen. The roman shades allow an unobstructed view of the gorgeous backyard. The designer split the room into two conversation groupings by using furniture placement and two area rugs.
The formal powder room is a visual delight. Designer Rae Rau’s decades of experience in stage design and painting show in this amazing tulip-themed powder room. Besides being a beautiful flower, the tulip was an important element in Albany’s Dutch history.
A stately master bedroom needs an equally special walk-in closet area. More than just a place to store clothing and shoes, this closet is a quiet retreat that is well-organized and beautiful. Melissa Hatch of California Closets designed this functional and fabulous space.
Decorative Artist Pamela Quick gave this girl’s bedroom a romantic look with a touch of bling with her purple and silver scheme. The walls shine with a silver Florentine damask stencil. The bedding, drapery and accessories all sparkle with rhinestones, which highlight the deep, rich purple.
The wide range of interior designers and artists who worked on this project created decor that demonstrates how you can incorporate current touches and trends without losing the elegance and glamour of a stately home set on a historic plot.