The Big Spring Clean | The Metamorphosis Revealed

We not only spiffed, we covered those black walls with Benjamin Moore’s Aura in Warm Springs #682 and the moldings in Glidden’s Bone White semi-gloss. It’s like living inside a slightly lighter version of a Tiffany box (if Tiffany boxes were also lined in that iconic blue).

Our chrome, silk moiret and leather chairs now hover around our mom's old ceramic Moroccan (oops - Italian!) pouf on the zebra skin rug.

The chesterfield sofa, which had been the great room divider, now sits against the eastern wall beneath the big Venetian mirror, four of my Scottish military prints, two vintage pith helmets and Cormac, the highland bull.

The new "office"

We clustered three of the heads so they'd have company over the desk (which had been oddly housed in the dining room) and replaced the $7 painting of a priest with a portrait of a man with pipe and ascot painted in England in 1947 (an Ebay purchase from about a year ago).

The old "office" now transformed into a drinks station right off the dining room table - an utterly more logical use of space. We added our should've-died-years-ago-given-how-we-treat-them palm trees and the circa-1910 falcon chart we found in an old bookshop in Prague.

(Photos by Porter Hovey)


  1. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous! What kind of candle is on the table in the corner?

  2. trip says:

    Man, you girls are out of control. Looks awesome. (How many coats of paint to cover those black walls?)

  3. Jane says:

    i'm in awe! this is just gorgeous*

  4. Thanks so much, everyone! We're quite excited to re-embrace the light!

    Trip - it only took two coats. That Aura paint has primer in it - thank god. It's really amazing stuff - and doesn't give off wildly bad fumes, either.

    Can't remember the brand of the candle. Will find out!

  5. Looks terrific! Hello, spring!

  6. Rose says:

    Wow! Amazing transformation! I bet it feels like a whole new apt. Bravo for your vision and all the (obvious) hard work.

  7. i can only imagine how long it took you girls to settle on that color!!! looks amazing, fresh and well curated as always

  8. It was tough, Brian! We dried four shades of green (British racing to emerald to moss) and then a lighter baby blue. What a mess it was!

  9. Well, I am lovin the new look for those digs!
    What a transformation, and how awesome does all that look??
    I am feelin it!!!

  10. Absolutely love it. Well done girls. There's something very English and colonial Africa about these images. Are you available to fly out to California for a project...?

  11. Talk about an ABOUT FACE! The color change left me a bit speechless. Incredible eye as always and have to say, it looks wonderful. My hats off to you both. Change is good!!! So what did you do with the incredible life size portrait that hung to the left of your faux fireplace?

    Best regards,
    Reynolds Still

  12. M says:

    u picked a great color. i bet u feel happier and more up beat because of the brightness

  13. Anzu says:

    Absolutely love it!

  14. jones says:

    I like it--really, really like it! Mary

  15. Unknown says:

    The color is perfection with all the warm whiskey tones of the leathers and accessories!

  16. it looks amazing ladies! if only our place could look 1/10 as good!!

    happy spring (soon!)


  17. Love the changes! Paint is magic! No question!

    only one tiny question; (I owned that exact desk once.....I think my cousin has it now.....I love it..the oval)

    what if it stayed in the exact same space.......but the chair was behind it; so you faced OUT? Instead of at the wall? I love to look at a room; when at a opposed to looking at the wall!

    Just a thought! Huge improvement! Bravo!!


  18. Anonymous says:

    All roads lead to Rome. 堅持自己所選! ........................................

  19. {Tara} says:

    It looks amazing! I was partial to the black, but honestly, this looks so bright and cheery! Very spring-inspired. I also adore the drink station you created...I'm a sucker for a good, old-fashioned bar.

  20. Lisa says:

    P.E.R.F.E.C.T.I.O.N!! ... and I loved the Beluga walls to boot.

  21. Leciawp says:

    It looks *great* ! You two have a lot of energy.

  22. JA says:

    Wonderful, hols and ports! Time for another hovey party,I reckon...

  23. For should use Farrow and Ball. Absolutely best stuff on the market. They have the most amazing colors and completely organic, no synthetics.

    I painted my place using their light blue (light blue/grayish) and incarnadine red (orangish red) in my kitchen and couldn't be happier.

    The Winslow Homer painting, The Briarwood Pipe, was my inspiration. I matched the sky as well as the red pantaloons on the zouave soldiers in camp.

  24. it looks so beautiful!!!

  25. Aron says:

    Looks great! It has a warmer more soothing look (while still being completely awesome of course). How does it feel?