We selected some living room ideas from Stephen Sills who is a celebrated interior designer specializing in transforming interiors into timeless and unique environments for modern living.
His Bedford residence is included in Dominic Bradbury’s, American Designers at Home, and HGTV’s, ‘Top 10 Most Beautiful Homes’. He is included in Elle Décor’s, ‘A-List’ of the Top 25 Designers and is a member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 – included as one of their ’30 Deans of American Design’.
Stephen’s goal for each project is to have one overall vision that encompasses all aspects of the project: exterior and interior architecture, exterior and interior lighting and landscape design, in addition to the interior design.
The Apthorp Apartment
It’s hard to speak of Stephen Sills without using the word chic. This apartment happens to be a bit more traditional and makes great use of all the beautiful architectural details. He actually made it a point to convince the developer to keep as much original details as possible including mother of pearl switches which is usually unheard of today. The truth is that his design fits all tastes and he can change any room making it perfect. The modern coffee table and the luxury sofa are the key to this living room.
Upper East Side apartment
For those with a serious art collection redesigning their home can sometimes mean pairing everything back to ensure the art has the maximum exposure. This was certainly not the case for the couple who own this apartment on the Upper East Side, who enlisted interior design great Stephen Sills to design a home for them that worked with the art and was to become as much of a feature as what was hanging on the wall.
This blending of art and space has been achieved through the meticulous use of the finishes – brushed metal leaf wallpaper lines the ceiling of the family room, all the window frames have been gilded and glazed – and the with a mix of sculptural and custom luxury furniture pieces. Living areas have been made into statement rooms with bold colours, rich fabrics and star art pieces. The contemporary coffee and side tables fits perfectly in this living room due to their minimalist style.
In a space where Picasso’s, Liechtenstein’s and Kapoor’s all hang on the walls, Sills has achieved the mighty task of giving the interior a sense of purpose and its own identity and in doing so has created the perfect home for this art loving family.
A Manhattan residence remade by the interior designer boasts sumptuous textures, glittering metallic finishes, and lively contemporary art.
The plan called for expansive walls to display the couple’s growing selection of modern and contemporary art. The owners also decreed that no piece of furniture should obstruct the panoramic views.
“The main goal in decorating was to keep the sight lines clear,” says Sills, looking out from the living room’s windows at the park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art across the street, the buildings of the midtown skyline rising in the distance.
What elevates the space from sophisticated to sublime is the interplay between the entablature molding and the massive ’70s Roy Lichtenstein painting depicting a similar motif.
Manhattan’s Upper West Side
For years, residents of and frequent visitors to the Upper West Side have longed for someone to fix up a certain redbrick building on West 78th Street, just across from the American Museum of Natural History. Stephen Sills was one of them. “Years ago, one of my favorite wallpaper installers lived in this building,” the designer recalls. “I remember coming here to pick up some samples, and the place was really broken down and crumbling, and I thought, Someone should really fix it up.”
Then, he unveils 101 West 78th Street, newly transformed into a luxury residential building that honors the legacy of the “big, bold symphony in reds,” as an 1886 AIA guide to New York once described the building.
“It’s a very strong design and is very Baroque Beaux Arts with that red stone, so I figured the only thing I could do is make a completely new package in the lobby and make the modern as modern as it could be while retaining some of the old characteristics in the hallways and stairwell.”
Manhattan couple’s Fifth Avenue apartment
This living room idea features a wall treatment that references the stonework of the nearby Frick Collection. The custom-made seating is covered in a Holland & Sherry linen, the bust is by Raymond Delamarre, and the golden boxes on the nesting tables are vintage Line Vautrin designs.
That top-floor sitting room, with its beckoning chairs and sofa all slipcovered in crisp white linen, perhaps best represents the fresh spirit that animates the Brens’ apartment. “There’s beautiful upholstery in mossy greens and browns under those white slipcovers,”
In this project, he mixes traditional and modern design and it actually works. This living room is very simple with all the white furniture but elegant at the same time. The contemporary coffee table and the statue are the center pieces of this room which gave it a different view.
Stephen Sills Associates is very involved in each of these aspects of their projects including architectural detailing, material selections, and site positioning.
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