Natural colors and textures can make your home a place you'll love to be this fall and winter. And designer Judy Judelsohn has the house to prove it.
Come with her inside a Central Park home she renovated and expanded. The improved interior now affords the homeowner -- an avid gardener -- easy access to the magnificent back yard.
Once mostly dark walls, seven large windows in the kitchen now give an uninterrupted view. All-natural materials surround the gardener with what she loves best. Framed nature photographs by the owner's late husband add sentiment and the beauty of birds and icy branches in winter.
Dark blue-green marble tile lines the foyer floor, "the color of weathered copper," remarks Judelsohn, formerly of Judelsohn Kahn. A recessed mat for cleaning dusty garden shoes lies flush with the marble.
Also in the kitchen, counter tops are highly polished granite of the same blue-green as the marble; the marble appears again as hardwood floor inlays. Arts and Crafts-style oak cabinets have hand-hammered iron pulls.
Another Judelsohn project in Williamsville gives the residents more enjoyment of their spectacular escarpment setting.
"The challenge was to set up the living room to best enjoy the view," says Judelsohn, who arranged new furnishings and the couple's art collection to boost their pleasure in their home and surroundings.
"The sofas in that room are cocoa mohair," explains Judelsohn. "Putting the same fabric on all these pieces draws the eye outside. And this cocoa color is good for four seasons.
"Theaters used to do all their seats in mohair; it's virtually indestructible. And it cleans very well".
Capitalizing on nature again in the kitchen, Judelsohn used a sky-blue, textured Belgian wall covering. The owner was afraid to try the deep color, but she now loves it, Judelsohn says. "We wanted to add a little punch in this room, warm it up. The blue gives this room more depth."
The master bedroom is serene, in paprika walls and woodwork. "It has an artful appearance. Cream woodwork would chop it up too much."
Judelsohn's parting words of wisdom for assembling the perfect fall and winter home: "All houses evolve. There are still things that can be added down the road.
"You don't want to rush that."