Everyone has a favorite spot in the house. For some, it’s a living room where you can relax in style. For others, it’s a state-of-the-art kitchen that’s beautiful enough for hosting a cocktail party. Here, local designers and architects share their most successful spaces—and insider resources—so you can create the room of your dreams, too.
Robert Valle of Granoff Architects shares his inspiration for this bright and airy study with unexpected pops of safari decor: This Greenwich, CT, residence includes a sunlight-drenched study designed by architect Rich Granoff. A young family lives in the house, and the husband, who works from home a few days a week, wanted a well-functioning office with “unexpected style,” says Robert Valle, the firm’s senior interior designer. Contrasting dark and light tones delivers the intended dramatic impact: the stained ebony floors and rich oak wood desk from Interlude Home stand out against the stark white cabinetry (crafted by Valle himself). As for the bead board ceiling, it “brings a touch of classicism,” says Valle, noting that the pattern adds movement and interest as opposed to a flat treatment. The final flourishes: a zebra skin rug and antlers that belong to the client, which are mounted on the wall to provide a “touch of safari décor.” granoffarchitects.com