Modern kitchens are designed to be intelligent, efficient, functional and practical. They have aesthetic storage systems that hide away clutter, keeping the countertops neat and the room looking spacious. Today’s modular kitchens are designed with great attention to detail to ensure that there is a specific space to store everything, whether it’s appliances, bottles of spices or utensils.
In this Sig Bergamin–designed São Paulo home, artist Nathalie Morhange hand-painted the walls of the master suite. A blue Romo fabric curtains the windows, the bed is dressed in Victoria Mill embroidered linens, and club chairs covered in a Stroheim print are placed on an Arraiolos carpet.
In the master bath of a Charleston, South Carolina, mansion decorated by Mario Buatta, the toilet is concealed in a tall chinoiserie cabinet; a Manuel Canovas print covers the slipper chair at left, a Brunschwig & Fils fabric was used on the chair at right, and the garden stool is from John Rosselli Antiques.
We upgraded all of the systems, and I convinced the owners to open several of the doorways, but it was essentially a renovation within the footprint. There was a question of whether or not to paint over the dark woodwork, so we had a restoration specialist take a look. He was fine with repainting most of it, but in the small back stairwell, he discovered a banister and handrail that are even older than this almost 300-year-old house. He told us flat out we could not paint them.