July's House Beautiful features the Brooklyn brownstone of Heather Evans, a marketing exec and former model, who lives there with her four daughters. Designer Jonathan Berger converted the classic structure into a fun and fearless, girls-only dwelling by bombarding the space with fuchsias, florals, and French-styled furniture.
I love the idea of having a pink room, but it's always a challenge convincing male cohabitants that it's a good idea. Lucky for these ladies, they had only their femininity to consult. And clearly they got the go-ahead.
Game table seating in the main living room was given a facelift when the chairs were reupholstered in this pink leather from Global Leathers. I'd say money well-spent. They look years younger.
The wall color in the entryway? Benjamin Moore's Razzle Dazzle.
Can you say self-fulfilled prophecy?
The French motif begins with the furniture - the ikat-covered chaise lounge and matching chairs - in the sun-drenched seating area of the main living room.
A little less French. A little more exotic. All in one room. The designer created three seating areas in this large, front-of-the-house space, and exaggerated the difference with the unique colors and textures.
Bold zebra-print carpet and hot pink walls greet guests in the entryway and continue up the stairs to the second floor.
Pink, brown, and blue - oh my! The blue chairs enhance the sea foam color of the oversized, custom bulletin board, and the Venetian pink milk glass chandelier compliments the pink-patterned upholstery on the back of the chairs.
The suzani bedspread, velvet-trimmed headboard, and antique ottoman don't "match" by traditional standards, but blend so well in this space for that very reason.
Even the more casual family room has dainty pieces. Often a no-no when children (or men) are taken into consideration.
Lesson learned? If you are living sans-testosterone, embrace it! Use colors, fabrics, and styles that would normally be vetoed otherwise.
Speaking of which... I've been wanting to paint my office. Razzle Dazzle, anyone?