House Tour: A Sophisticated Townhouse in Williamsburg

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    A Sophisticated Townhouse in Williamsburg

    A black exterior with a bright red door
    Jesse Parris-Lamb

    New York interior designers Amanda Jesse and Whitney Parris-Lamb of Jesse Parris-Lamb have more than twenty years of combined experience, designing for some of the city's most prestigious firms. Now, the Brooklyn-based design duo creates homes using their own unique cooperative approach. When the pair was tasked with transforming a Williamsburg townhouse into a "cozy, family friendly home," with modern sensibilities and a warm color palette, they started by taking a close look at their client's tastes. “Our client has a love of bold color, texture, and pattern so we really tried to highlight that in the textile selections throughout the house," said Jesse. "We paired clean lined mid-century and contemporary furniture pieces with hand-wovens, block-prints, and custom area rugs to soften and warm the space.”  

    The home is full of bold choices, starting with the bright red front door that sets the tone for the color story throughout the house. “We love when a client is willing to take risks and make bold moves in their home.  The custom process is always more time intensive and scary from the client perspective but we believe it always yields a more unique and interesting final product.  The best part of our job is collaborating with incredibly talented artists and makers to deliver a truly individual result that fully realizes our client’s vision.”

    Photography by Rachael Stollar, Nicole Franzen

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    Understated Glamour in the Dining Room

    Warm, sophisticated dining room
    Jesse Parris-Lamb

    On the parlor level, warm wood tones define a dining room featuring vintage Kai Kristiansen chairs. At the center of the room sits an ultra-modern Henry Table from Egg Collective on an angular, metallic base. The table is surrounded by emerald green seats upholstered in a hand-woven, custom-ordered fabric from Studio Four. Away from the table, an antique Mughal screen separates the dining room from the foyer. The piece was customized to fit the entry space. 

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    Moments of Minimalism

    A minimalist dining room display
    Jesse Parris-Lamb

    One of the beauties of the design in this home is it's minimalist aspects. Here an understated brass pendant fixture from Lambert et Fils fits perfectly into the composition of warm tones in this space. On the table, a simple combination of palm leaves and a woven basket completes the tableau. 

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    Pops of Color in the Kitchen

    A modern kitchen with colorful backsplash
    Jesse Parris-Lamb

    This expansive kitchen is made even larger with a light color palette and the restrained use of tile. These custom patterned wall tiles were sourced by CWB Architects, the project architects who developed the space. Paired with vintage rattan bar stools and the industrial metallic fixtures of the sink and oven hood, the blue becomes a middle ground between the space's warmer and cooler elements. As a finishing touch, brasserie lights hang above the kitchen island.

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    A Bold Powder Room

    A brightly wallpapered powder room
    Jesse Parris-Lamb

    The first floor powder room makes the most of its small space with a colorful custom wallpaper by Australian textile designer Louise Jones.  A vintage hexagon mirror hanging just above the sink adds even more character to the space, while picking up the red in the wallpaper.

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    Built-In Shelving in the Den

    Den with a large red sofa
    Jesse Parris-Lamb

    On the second floor a short library space opens into the family den. A mismatched Mah Jong sofa in shades of red dominates the space. Beneath it sits a custom mohair rug woven by Carini Lang. The geometric pattern was designed by Jesse Parris-Lamb. It was inspired by a vintage French Art Deco rug that was too fragile for the family to keep.


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    Red Sofa in the Living Room

    Colorful living room sofa
    Jesse Parris-Lamb

    Durability and practicality are the name of the game in this family room. The challenge for the designers was to balance the needs of a home with a 4-year-old child and a pitbull terrier with the client’s desire for a completely unique and stylish space. As Whitney puts it:

    “The biggest challenge of this project was meeting the client’s demand for high style while also making the pieces practical and durable for their lifestyle. I think the Mah Jong sofa in the family room is a great example of that concept.  We upholstered the cushions in durable, contract grade fabrics and relied on the color selections and lines of the sofa to deliver visual interest.  The dog and the 4-year old spend a lot of time building forts and doing gymnastics on this sofa and it still looks great!”

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    Sleek Fireplace

    Vintage poufs decorate a fireplace
    Jesse Parris-Lamb

    In front of this cozy fireplace vignette, a pair of vintage poufs sit comfortably. Above the mantle a Marimekko fabric wall hanging helps to complete the color story. 

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    Kid's Bedroom

    A colorful kids room by Jesse Parris Lamb
    Jesse Parris-Lamb

    This kid's room is a whimsical combination of color, textures and motifs. On the floor, a vintage Indian dhurrie grounds the space. Its exotic animal pattern and varied color palette help to tie the rest of the room together. Monterey-style nightstands flank the iron bed.

    Elephants also play a big role in the decor. Vintage Travertine elephant lamps sit atop the nightstands while hand block-printed elephant drapery fabric from Studio Four hangs over the windows. 

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    Global Inspired Master Bedroom

    A sophisticated neutral bedroom
    Jesse Parris-Lamb

    In the Master Bedroom, the headboard is the undisputed center of attention. Jesse Parris-Lamb worked with Tazi Designs of San Francisco to design an Atlas cedar headboard which was then hand-carved in Morocco.  "The headboard is the back drop to custom 'mismatched' end tables fabricated by Tucker Robbins and silver finish Lariat pendants from Apparatus," says Jesse.  "The bed is covered in linens from Societe with a pair of custom Kuba cloth throw pillows." 

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    Custom Wall Art

    Commissioned wall mural in a family home
    Jesse Parris-Lamb

    An addition to the headboard, the project features a variety of art and other custom furnishings commissioned by the designers, including a one-of-a-kind, two-story wall mural. The work was commissioned from artist, Christopher Holt who created a one of a kind citrus grove mural that climbs the two-story bulkhead space and visually connects the third floor with the roof garden.

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    Stylish Rooftop

    A designer roof by Jesse Parris Lamb
    Jesse Parris-Lamb

    The rooftop is the crown jewel of this home. Designers Whitney and Amanda pulled out all the stops. Looking in, the window frames a view of the mural which is mirrored by the foliage outside. It's the perfect space for entertaining, spending time with family, or just watching the sun go down.