Design collaboration by:
• Susan Simone Halliburton, Lothrop Associates, LLP
• Chenoa Maxwell, Photographer
• Timothy McVey, Tapestry Design
Designers detailed room and furnishing descriptions will be available in the apartments.
Client Profile: Rochelle and Rock Davenport, a couple in their thirties, recently moved to New Rochelle from New York City. Both are originally from small cities in the Mid-West. Rock is an architect working in New York City. Rochelle is a freelance professional photographer with clients in New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC. They were attracted to New Rochelle because of its easy commute to New York City (and Boston and Washington via AMTRAK) and because they have always loved the convenience of a livable downtown. Rock not only enjoys the easy commute to his office near Grand Central Station from the New Rochelle train station directly across from Avalon on the Sound East but welcomes not having to drive to the station.
Rock is an amateur urban historian and loves the local history room at the Library. He has also been attracted downtown by the many historic downtown facades that the BID has been working to restore. Plus, he has a secret passion for cooking and eating ethnic foods. He was surprised by the diverse number of restaurants and food stores in the downtown where he can buy many of the ingredients for his favorite ethnic recipes. To improve his cooking skills, he is planning to take classes at Monroe College’s Culinary Institute.
Rochelle is a professional photographer with a home office. She was happy to find that, through the BID’s Artist Spaces Program, she could rent an artist space for her photography studio just three blocks from Avalon. Rochelle enjoys collecting paintings by emerging artists and staying active. She uses downtown’s yoga and dance studios. Rochelle also likes to entertain, especially when Rock does the cooking. They are hosting a cocktail party in their apartment for Rochelle’s Birthday. Rock is preparing a menu of his favorite ethnic dishes.
The Designer’s Approach
Ms. Halliburton, in designing the foyer and dining and living area decided to reflect the Davenport’s artistic tastes and urban lifestyle. To set the tone, she choose a mixed palette of warm golden hues for the walls. This became a perfect backdrop for the carefully chosen paintings collected by Rochelle and Rock which Ms. Halliburton has dramatically placed throughout the areas. She has fitted the apartment with an eclectic mix of Art Deco, Tuscan, Rustic, and contemporary furnishings and accessories to create an environment that is inventive and sophisticated.
Ms. Maxwell has brought her artistic eye and sensibilities to Rochelle’s home office and the master bedroom. Befitting an artist, she choose daring colors such as Gossamer Blue, Black Satin and Pale Avocado to fill the office. These striking choices are complemented by a few carefully chosen antique pieces and a bold graphic. Together they create a work space that is both sophisticated and yet surprisingly calming. For the master bedroom, Ms. Maxwell continued to use her artist color palette in unusual ways always beautifully balanced with traditional furniture choices.
Mr. McVey’s talent for using accessories, plants, and the unexpected to stage his environments are seen throughout the apartment. But he had particular fun preparing for Rochelle’s small birthday reception. Working off Rock’s choice for a multi-ethnic menu for the buffet Mr. McVey has scouted downtown to create a festive setting appropriate for his artistic clients.
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