The White House had strong bones but failed to connect with the outdoors. While the rooms were well proportioned, there was a sense of clutter created by, as K.P.D.O. creative director Kerry Phelan puts it, ‘overly ornate’ faux moulding.
The architraves and skirting boards were reworked, and K.P.D.O. collaborated closely with a hard plasterer to remove the elaborate fireplaces and reinterpret them in gently carved stone; contemporary design, with a subtle nod to historic detail. “Once we had established a good flow between the spaces, we introduced a restrained base palette of pale timber floors and warm white walls and ceilings to create a background to the garden beyond and the client’s art collection,” Kerry explains.