Annabelle’s Interior Designer, Ingrid Torchia and a Sophisticated Design for a Self-Described Bachelor
Great interior design is not simply about creating beautiful spaces; it is about creating a home that is an extension of the client’s lifestyle – a place where they feel truly at ease. So when a self-described bachelor asked Ingrid to furnish his home with a designer’s touch, she created a space that is equal parts comfort and style.
A subdued palette of blues, grays and whites lays the foundation for this contemporary design. In the entryway, an Asian-inspired accent chest in rich cobalt is paired with a vibrant John Richard canvas to make an immediate statement. Moving into the living area, a cream-colored sectional with indigo geometric pillows delivers the clean lines and classic elegance of a finely tailored suit, while a muted landscape painting and dark-wood cocktail table with inlaid stone infuse the space with warmth. Two stylish end tables bookend the sectional and add to the room’s style and function.
In the dining room, a mix of dark woods, rich navy fabrics and silver accents lend an air of sophistication, while a modern take on the chandelier by Currey lighting ushers in a touch of intrigue. Jessica Charles upholstered wing back host and hostess chairs offer the perfect finishing touch to the dining set. Continuing with the home’s overall interior design, the chairs are in shades of blue and gray and add to the home’s contemporary feel. Along with art from John Richard, a tall Uttermost mirror with brushed metal finish gives the appearance of a much larger dining space and helps tie the room’s contemporary design together.
The home office offers endless work-at-home possibilities and centers on a sturdy Leather Craft sofa in striking indigo blue leather. This statement-making piece pairs perfectly with a colorful landscape in shades of green and blue. The sofa sits beside a tall Hekman bookcase that reaches towards the tall ceilings and provides ample space for organized office storage. A Reual James accent table adds sophistication to the room and holds a tall lamp that adequately brightens the workspace. A quaint poet desk from Lexington is the perfect size and shape for the home office space and complements the contemporary design found in the room and throughout the house. A taste of art from John Richard completes the room’s professional design.
Comfort is key in the media room. A Hancock & Moore sectional and elegant blackout draperies ensure the ultimate movie-watching experience, while a navy accent wall and intricate metal light fixture make a bold statement. The room also features a swivel chair from Fairfield with coordinated blue chenille fabric. A Theodore Alexander cocktail table with a stone top and accented dark wood provides a finishing touch in the room.
The home’s master bedroom features a custom king size upholstered bed with wood accents from Vanguard Furniture. Two oversized bachelor chests from Vanguard serve the space well, while two John Richard lamps with leather insets add to the contemporary design. A large Bernhardt mirror with mirrored nailhead border and metal frame gives the room a proper masculine touch.
In the end, Ingrid’s design delivered exactly what the client was after – a masculine, yet sophisticated space perfect for entertaining and simply spending quiet evenings at home.
Annabelle’s Interior Designer, Ingrid Torchia and the Downtown St. Petersburg Condo
When Ingrid was approached by a client who wanted to bid farewell to her outdated condo in downtown St. Petersburg in favor of a newly built space in the suburbs, she quickly realized it was not the home the client had outgrown; it was the dark, dated décor. Putting her faith in Ingrid, the client was encouraged to give her current home – with its sweeping water views and easy access to dining and entertainment – a second chance. The result is an interior design that is as breathtaking as the views.
The key was finding a way to update the space while incorporating the client’s beloved collection of antique pieces. Several of those pieces, including a stunning chandelier purchased during a stint in Europe, take center stage in the foyer. Moving into the open-concept living space, a rich blue-green sideboard by Hooker provides a punch of color opposite the refreshing shades of cream and white in the newly updated kitchen, while eye-catching modern hardware adds a contemporary feel.
In the dining area, the existing glass-top table was given a modern facelift with the addition of a mix of side chairs in silver snakeskin by Robert Allen and armchairs in a metallic blue-green print by Old World Weavers. An elegant chandelier by Currey Lighting anchors the space.
Custom white cabinetry and a cream sectional by Sherrill lend an open airy feel to the main living area and set the stage for the stunning views beyond. An ornate antique bench was given a contemporary twist with updated upholstery in shades of green and blue – it now provides the perfect perch for watching boats come and go from the marina. In the master bedroom, a king size upholstered bed by Bernhardt steals the show with its rich blue-green fabric, sweeping lines and nailhead trim. A pair of Theodore Alexander etched glass nightstands topped with elegant mother of pearl lamps by John Richard flank the bed and give the space a distinctly feminine feel. An intricate German silver sideboard by Bernhardt plays double duty as an entertainment stand, adding visual interest while also complementing the client’s existing antique pieces. A custom rug in shades of blue and green beautifully ties the space together.
In the end, the client is happy with her decision to stay in her St. Pete home and is delighted with the design that has breathed new life into the once-dated space.