Clients of Locust Valley-based designer Marilyn Rose give her top grades for her ability to create gracious living spaces within budget, whether the project is a single room or a Gold Coast estate, and the requested style is casual, elegant, glamorous, contemporary or traditional. This design was for a North Shore client who asked to remain nameless. 

Living Room: The color scheme for the formal living room was derived from the colors in the aubusson rug. Since the home is in a wooded area, Marilyn and her team chose to accent the windows with luxurious side panels and beautiful gilded poles and finials. The niches were created to display the client’s significant collection of art pieces. 

Kitchen: The colors of the kitchen are soft creams, done in a stripe pattern and completed on site. Over the island, the team hung an antique billiard fixture that retained all of its original etched glass – a real find. 

Den/Family Room: The den was designed in a casual way. For the walls, Team Rose used a deep hunter green striped wallcovering, accented with window treatment and upholstery in yellows and gold. The side panels were also used here to bring in the beautiful views of the outside. The tiles on the fireplace were in a delft design using these same colors. 

Bedroom: The design of the bedroom was centered around the luxurious French Empire bed with gilded wood details and velvet upholstery. The walls were also upholstered to coordinate with the fabric on the bedding and pillows.

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