If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen a few sneak peeks of Project Cooper & Ella and I am so excited to finally share it with you. This beautiful home belongs to my good friend, Kara Mendelsohn, founder of Cooper & Ella, a contemporary fashion brand for the modern woman, and her husband, Adam Mendelsohn, head of eyewear design at Warby Parker, an american brand of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. When Kara and Adam contacted me to help them design their home, I was beyond thrilled! Kara and I had talked about her renovations for a long time so when she finally decided to move forward, I was ready for the challenge!
Located on Long Island, New York, this designing duo moved into their home 8 years ago. They furnished it with existing pieces from a previous home along with a few hand me downs but it wasn’t quite their style.
Kara gathered images of white neutral spaces with natural textures, soft color palettes, and stylish details. After reviewing her wish list, I couldn’t wait to get started!
I proposed several different layout options and this was the winning plan.
The main focal point of the room was the fireplace so we flanked it with built-in shelving and added classic woodwork throughout the space. It instantly gave their living room the architectural interest that it was lacking. Providing storage solutions, a desk for Kara, ample lighting, and a place to display family photos, favorite books, and travel mementos were also important elements that needed to be incorporated into the design.
We chose a classic bright white color palette which modernized the space and added refined details and accents of metallic gold to complete the look. When selecting furniture pieces, comfort as well as easy maintenance was key. We opted for two slipcover sofas with relaxed machine washable linen fabric to maximize seating and a sisal area rug to ground the space. We repurposed the family’s existing shadow box coffee table which allowed us to place their personal stamp on it. The table top lifts, revealing little niches to display family photos and personal sentimental items. During the day, natural light pours in through the large windows but at night, this room was dimly lit. The open orb chandelier was the perfect solution. It provides plenty of light without obstructing the view to the fireplace. We also added a console table with a set of ottomans underneath to serve as additional seating and Kara’s desk functions as a place for her to work while allowing her to be present in a family friendly setting.
This fashionable living space is now complete. With a classic palette of crisp clean white paired with accessories in muted shades of blue, beige and metallic gold, Kara and Adam’s new living room exudes timeless elegance with sophisticated style this family of four can truly enjoy.
Photo Credit: Ric Marder Imagery
This space was completely designed with a strict budget in mind. All furniture was purchased from accessible shops and online retailers. The accessories are Target and HomeGoods finds which allowed us to achieve a high end designer look at a fraction of the cost.
Blue Pillows: DV Home (available through Renee’s Mattituck)
Custom Pillow: Calico Corners
Gold Picture Frames: West Elm
We will be celebrating Project Cooper & Ella all week long. Follow my Instagram account @jeannecampanadesign for my latest updates. I’ll be sharing the new dining room and entryway next. But that’s not all…I have teamed up with Cooper and Ella for a special giveaway at the end of the week. Stay tuned to win one of Kara’s fabulous blouses from her new Spring collection.
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