Jan. 3, 2014 11:00 AM

Traditional home blends modern pieces



Garnet and Thomas Lemaire's home is a blend of tradition and something unexpected. It starts with the bones of the home - a traditional two-story River Ranch abode - and unfolds in ways you least expect.

"The interior reflects their spirit and interests, which is eclectic and artsy yet modern and sophisticated," says Denise Kartsimas of dk DESIGN.

Garnet says the home is "very eclectic," noting it's something that could be a disaster without a professional on board.

"[Denise] makes it all work together mixing in a bit of funky style along with traditional pieces," Garnet says.

Kartsimas says the fusing of traditional and funky starts with the large John Lennon piece in the dining room alongside very traditional pieces.

"The table I actually custom-designed," Kartsimas says. "It is a beautiful cypress table with plank top stained to be a rich chocolate color. I rounded the ends of the table to make it more interesting. Because the table is still a cypress table, I wanted to funk it up so we recovered each chair in a different fabric."

The hutch and buffet are traditional but flanked with super modern mirrored sconces. The bronze chandelier has mercury glass shades that give it a reflective quality. And a mirror from Thomas' late mother has a sentimental quality that's been updated. It all adds up to an interior that speaks to the couple's unique interests.

"Denise understands that we want our home to be comfortable and cozy, but at the same time also interesting," Garnet says. "After all, a home should be a reflection of the things in life one enjoys." 

~ Photos by Robin May

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