Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Design Find: Judith Schindler

It’s no small feat to design, build and decorate a 12,500-square-foot home in just one year. Just ask homeowner Judith Schindler and her friend Sudi Cecil. Both designers immersed themselves in the completion of Schindler’s palatial home from the very first architectural plan—and the results are spectacular.

Shying away from her signature Country French style, Schindler wanted to bring the easy elegance of California design into her new home. “I had spent a great deal of time in California and was inspired by designers such as Michael Taylor, Nancy Corzine and Barbara Barry,” explains Schindler. For her part, Cecil has seen many of her clients shift from traditional Southern style—with antiques and large, dark furniture—to something softer and more West Coast-like.

Schindler describes her home’s look as “classically modern” with touches of Old Hollywood Glamour. “I noticed in California they were using more mirrors, chandeliers and lots of luxurious fabrics that reflect light well,” she says. “It was all about bringing back this classic Hollywood era that everyone loves.” A self-described “fabric queen,” she spent hours at showrooms collecting and comparing fabrics, sometimes gathering as many as 50 different swatches for just one room. Enter Cecil’s editing skills. “I’m a quick decision maker and believe ‘less is definitely more.’ It was my job to eliminate, which was not hard because I understood what she wanted and what we had to work with,” says Cecil.

Schindler notes that the vast majority of the furniture in the home is made up of pieces that have been reupholstered. “After living in five houses, you accumulate all this furniture and just don’t want to throw it away. I’ve had the chairs that are in my living room for more than 20 years,” she says. Throughout the house, silk mohairs, velvets, linens and other sumptuous fabrics resonate with comfortable luxury. “I believe comfort is first, then you can create around that,” says Cecil, explaining her design approach.

But the glamour by no means stops at fabrics. Shimmering wall coverings provide each room with a dazzling backdrop for carefully selected accessories and artwork.

“This is my dream home,” says Schindler. “Hopefully, I’ll never have to move again.”

“It may have been a tremendous amount of non-stop work that year,” adds Cecil, “but in the end, to see her happy, it was absolutely worth it.”


Jacqueline said...

What a beautiful home and garden...the garden in it's green simplicity and the house for it's traditional style. It's beautiful. XXXX

Enitram said...

I like very much the garden !
Good evening!

Snäckskalsdalen said...

Love it! And there would be no more sleepless nights in that bedroom!
What a beautiful home!

Susan said...

Holy Smokes...That was quite an undertaking! Thanks for posting it, Gypsy! Sincerely, Susan


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