A tonal palette of brown, gray and taupe was chosen and a new dark-stained wood floor laid. The narrow colorway and ebony floors feature throughout the public spaces, except for the kitchen.
"A strong use of contrast builds on these hues. Dark is set against light window frames are near-black alongside light walls, and pale rugs grace the floors.
"Two silk rugs anchor the large space, defining the furniture settings. With a fine texture that looks different from every angle, they offer a visual metaphor for the ever-changing lake beyond the windows."
In the adjacent family area, Fraerman removed a bar that had all but blocked off pedestrian flow between the rooms. The architect replaced it with a more modest version, set into the wall, leaving the two spaces more open to each other and the now-expanded views. A mirrored spiral staircase part of the original home was also removed from the family room, freeing up the flow to the kitchen behind.
"I gave the family room a warmer, more textural appeal. For example, while silk rugs reflect the refinement of the living room, the tufted rug in this area suits its more relaxed use," says Kaplan.
The dining room set at the center of the public spaces had been obstructive, with oppressive curved cabinetry, several standing screens and ornate doors that only partially opened to the living room.
Fraerman says the dining space, as with the adjacent public rooms, has been streamlined and made more transparent. Sliding doors now feature at the broad entries to the room. These are often left open, creating the feel of one large volume.