Annette Jaffe is a New York-based designer who combines the principles of traditional interior design with modern elements to create truly exceptional spaces. A veteran designer with 25+ years of experience in the field, Annette has the unique ability to capture the dreams of her clients, and helps them to see their visions realized. At Annette Jaffe Interiors, she leads a team of talented designers in creating high-quality, elegant interiors in homes and commercial and hospitality spaces across the country and around the world. Annette infuses a narrative along with a discriminating aesthetic, perspective and elevated level of taste to each project she undertakes. The LuxPad takes a look at one of Annette’s recent projects where she turned a colonial style home into a bright and fresh space fit for a busy family…
Project Name: Grand Colonial
Project Time Taken: Three months
Completion of Project: Winter 2017
The house sits high on a hill at the end of a cul-de-sac and has a stately approach. However, once you open the front door you feel this family’s love and energy. With children constantly on the move, the home is filled with hockey sticks, art projects, dolls, computers, musical instruments and photography equipment. The home sits on several acres and has a beautiful pool area. Built as a spec home over almost two decades ago, the family wanted to make it their own. The original molding details needed to be upgraded and the hardwood floors were thin boards and almost orange in color.
Creation / planning process
Color was the major request. Nothing too loud but they wanted the space to feel happy and fresh. We knew blue was showing up in the kitchen but we didn’t want anything that felt Mediterranean or the navy that is on trend now. Settling on Wolf Gray by Benjamin Moore was the key in setting off the Emulsion Calluna colored ceiling by Farrow & Ball. Then we added the McGuire Stools and fabric by Studio Four, and we had the key ingredients.
The rear hall was filled with doors, more doors and shoes were everywhere. The ship lap was a great way to conceal all of the closet doors and we built a shoe closet that holds over one hundred pairs of shoes.
How it went?
I first started working with the family almost a decade ago and have done their dining room, a few bedrooms in addition to some smaller projects. Because we’ve worked together, and have a genuine respect and friendship, the project went smoothly. Projects always have bumps and surprises but we navigate through it all.
Favorite room / part of the project and why?
It’s hard to choose between the kitchen and office, but I think the office renovation is a room I could have easily made for my own home. Also, I’m not too much of a cook so I can get more done in the office. We put in the custom bookshelves and cabinets for optimal storage, and lined the walls and shelves with a custom wall covering by Gailbraith and Paul. From a bland space, we created a crisp, comfortable, and bright atmosphere for optimal inspiration.
Any issues / problems you had to overcome during the project?
When we put in the radiant floors in the mud room and laundry the system kept shutting off and it took a while to figure out it was related to the original boiler and pipe system and not the new radiant floors. Everyone stayed on it until the mystery was solved.