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Alden Miller of Alden Miller Interiors renovated a family house, originally built in 1979, into a highly functional, contemporary residence nostalgic for earth tones and eclectic shapes. Growing up in the 1970s, the client spent her childhood in California and Hawaii, and she wanted the design to reflect the retro style, casual glamour, and coastal sensibility of those contexts. Alden Miller updated the structure’s arches to imitate a 70s-inspired shape more consistent with the overall aesthetic. She and her team matched soft and sharp lines and patterns in everything from steel window panels to hexagonal tile to wallpaper, and more, crafting an interior environment that finds joy in the colors and materials of bohemian-era America, and grounds itself in the restraint of modern minimalism. Read on for images and details of the redesign.

  • Off the foyer, the dining room sets the tone for the overall home with a sumptuous, well-curated mix of earthy colors and contrasting natural materials. An overhead light fixture by Michael Anastassiades for Roll & Hill contrasts with the room’s sharper lines, while the dining table and chairs are vintage. Originally designed by Ward Bennett around 1970, the chairs were reupholstered in rich Brentano mohair and refinished, along with the table, by Campero’s Inc. The delicate curve of the chairs’ top rails inspired the redesign of the home’s interior arches. Studying these vintage pieces and a set of metal mugs from the same era, the design team imitated the arches of these objects in the ceiling structures of the house and custom door panels. The teak open custom shelving was crafted by Henry Built to show off the high ceilings; the terracotta floors are original to the house.

    Off the foyer, the dining room sets the tone for the overall home with a sumptuous, well-curated mix of earthy colors and contrasting natural materials. An overhead light fixture by Michael Anastassiades for Roll & Hill contrasts with the room’s sharper lines, while the dining table and chairs are vintage. Originally designed by Ward Bennett around 1970, the chairs were reupholstered in rich Brentano mohair and refinished, along with the table, by Campero’s Inc. The delicate curve of the chairs’ top rails inspired the redesign of the home’s interior arches. Studying these vintage pieces and a set of metal mugs from the same era, the design team imitated the arches of these objects in the ceiling structures of the house and custom door panels. The teak open custom shelving was crafted by Henry Built to show off the high ceilings; the terracotta floors are original to the house.

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January 28, 2019

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