Triggs’ powder room is yet another extravagantly textured, dark and
moody visual thrill. Its shiny black glass wall tiles look like fizzy soap
bubbles, reflected in an amorphous stainless steel mirror by Polish designer
Oskar Zieta. The ceiling, covered with a Timorous Beasties wallpaper
printed with a Rorschach-style pattern, appears to have the eyes of an
extraterrestrial creature. Triggs’ offbeat juxtapositions include a free-standing wire frame basket, suggested by Gessler, to hold up the sink.
“There are shared spaces as well as spaces for her and him,” Gessler says.
Pointing to the generous modern farmhouse-style kitchen at the south end
of the main floor, he adds, “This is clearly Kristine’s.” It has limestone and
zinc counters that are friendly to the touch and will patinate over time.
A breakfast banquette, a eucalyptus wood island with attached cantilevered barstools, and an old-fashioned meat hook mounted on a pantry
cupboard, near the La Cornue stove and custom hood, are accents that
allude to Boyden’s farm country childhood. A door on the east wall opens
to back stairs to the side yard, as if the house were a version of Dungeons
& Dragons in which players get escape hatches of their own.
If the architecture was tamed for practicality, the interior design
throughout fully reflects both Taylor’s passion for the primeval yet futuristic landscapes of video games and Triggs’ own inner wild child.
The designer plays with textures and colors to heighten the Game of
Thrones mood of different rooms, especially on the top floor, where the
master suite has a neo-Gothic bed she designed, along with Bernhardt
brass-finished side drawers; wall sconces resembling medieval candle
stands with fluorescent tubing, customized by Jim Misner; furniture from
Coup D’Etat; and midnight-blue Elitis wallpaper.
Leaded-glass windows rescued from a demolished garden shed are reused
as skylights in the bathroom, which exudes a black-and-white Victorian
aesthetic: the vanity created by Triggs and her team at Artistic Designs for
Living has a dark rippled front, and the textured Artistic tiles in the shower
are white, complemented by dark Ann Sacks floor tiles laid in the same
chevron pattern as the stained oak wood floors throughout the house.
“Scott pushed for playful, experimental approaches, but I am not too far
out of my realm here,” Triggs says. “I like unique, edgy designs and these
clients really let me play and dig deeper into what I can do.” n
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