Architect Garrett Nelson and interior designer Holly Phillips of The English Room teamed up to renovate a 5,829-square-foot Myers Park home, giving the traditional house more modern flare and a warm, lived-in feel.
Specs: The 1930s house is 5,829 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. It’s on .75 acres in the heart of Myers Park — steps from Queens University on one of the city’s most idyllic streets.
Layout: The house is two stories, plus an impressive multi-room cellar/basement. Highlights include a spacious chef’s kitchen with designer finishes and a wood-burning pizza oven, a library with a dry bar, a second-floor terrace, and a well-groomed backyard with a sports court (including a basketball hoop).
Wine cellar: The lower level, which houses a spacious wine cellar, is 1,863 square feet total (three times the size of my apartment). The cellar can hold up to 1,000 bottles of wine, and there’s plenty of space for dinner parties or you can turn it into a game room. The lower level also has a fabulous guest area with a Murphy bed, cozy fireplace, and a spa-like bathroom.
Design details: More traditional architectural elements — like the arched doorways, wood beams, and detailed trim — are punctuated with modern touches, like the chic mirrored fireplace in the family room and the antelope carpet climbing the curved staircase.
You’ll also notice rich colors used throughout and mixed materials (think exposed brick walls, wood paneling, textured wallpaper, various types of tile) are blended to create a look that’s elegant and mature, yet warm and lived-in.
OK, here’s a look around.
Photos provided by Brandon Lawn of Cottingham Chalk (firstname.lastname@example.org)