Discover the incredible talent of Jayne Design Studio and their stunning design projects!
Rooms by Thomas Jayne always reflect a strong connection to history and place. He draws upon their past for inspiration, seeking details that will deepen and enliven their interior decoration. Whether the location is a Soho loft in a late 19th century industrial building or a historic Federal house built by a New England whaling merchant, the settings become part of the narrative, their history providing the impetus for the design. These luxury design projects prove the incredible talent of Jayne Design Studio!
1) Mediterranean Revival
Their clients wanted a space to dine and entertain outdoors, so they worked with Pendula to design this loggia. The space allows for both a generous seating area and a place for dining. The details draw direct inspiration from Wyeth’s original designs.
2) An Artist’s Guesthouse
Their client lives in a charming but small house, so when the opportunity to buy the place next door arrived, they gladly bought the house and dedicated it to hospitality and art. Built in the 1980’s the interiors where filled with elaborate moldings and wallpaper. They simplified the rooms with the spirit of Early American architecture with some later Arts and Crafts details.
3) Fisher Island
Fisher Island, the famous retreat a short ferry ride from Miami, features a private beach, bird sanctuary, and homes which have fantastic views of the ocean and the city’s skyline. This project was no exception, and they designed it with the intention to frame these views and also to display their longstanding client’s unique collection of art and love of birds.
There is a magical quality about encountering Balderbrae for the first time, a country house in Upstate New York. While it may appear to have been firmly rooted into the landscape long ago, the house is actually the late 20th century masterwork of designer David Easton who discovered the abandoned property with accompanying cottage in the 1980s. Originally belonging to garden designer and writer Louise Beebe Wilder (1878-1938), Easton added the main house in the vernacular style of the Hudson Valley with a few French provincial notes and placed it across from the restored cottage.
5) Chandler Farm
Dating back to the early 19th century, Chandler Farm sits on the property of Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Originally it was a two family house for a neighboring farm and it was converted to the director of Winterthur’s home in 1958. The museum’s current director, Carol Cadou and her family live at Chandler Farm. Thomas a graduate of the Winterthur Program and our firm offered to redecorate the home for their new life, with plenty of Winterthur-influenced details and Carol’s own pieces.
6) Main Line House
Located on the Main Line outside Philadelphia, this historic house was built in 1889 and remodeled in the Georgian Colonial style in 1920, and then successfully decorated in the country house taste by decorator Joanne De Palma in the 1980s for its current owner. Their decorative chapter began a decade ago when they were asked to create a serene setting for the museum-caliber postwar art collection that the owner had been building over the years.
7) Philadelphia Townhouse
This townhouse was originally built in the 1860s in the early neoclassical style, with many handsome details from that period still present. But it also possesses layers of changes and additions completed by the many generations that have passed through. The 1900s saw the addition of a classic paneled library and incorporation of reclaimed 18th-century Georgian mantels and windows, reflecting the period’s pervasive Colonial Revival taste. The 1930s brought an atrium of coral stone. Later owners loosely divided the building into apartments and offices.
8) Charleston Townhouse
This Federal townhouse from 1817, with its remarkable parlor floor, has been beautifully restored through the efforts of Rob and Jane Hicklin. The ground floor, which has always been commercial, now houses Rob’s business, the Charleston Renaissance Gallery; upstairs, “above the store,” is this lovely retreat and a place to display their private collections.
9) Beekman Place Apartment
Their client inherited this pied-à-terre apartment on Beekman Place, along with an important collection of fine art and furniture. The apartment is located in an elegant riverfront building developed in 1930 by the Rockefeller family and designed by Sloan & Robertson, with Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray, the firm that was also building Rockefeller Center. Completed just as the Great Depression descended on the city, the suites were graciously planned yet not ostentatious, and the architectural detailing is spare, reflecting the Art Deco movement and perhaps the economic climate as well.
10) East Side Apartment
When this couple approached them to decorate their Upper East Side apartment, there was an instant meeting of minds. The pair, who are devoted contemporary art collectors, wanted to integrate their art into rooms with color, instead of the more typical all-white backgrounds used with modern art. One of them is an art curator who has amassed a collection of works by artists ranging from Warhol to Hockney and wanted that art to speak to their surroundings. In the end, they provided the perfect backdrop to set up their pictures, allowing them to eschew conventions like the typical large piece of art over the sofa in favor of smaller works placed in a casual but balanced way.
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