Tour a New Jersey Vintage Home Revamped by Designer Karen B. Wolf

Designer Karen B. Wolf decided to make this Montclair, New Jersey home built in 1891 suitable for a busy family of five including three boys under the age of 10. , from the color palette to its use of natural materials. “We wanted to bring a relaxed, warm and modern atmosphere with a touch of bohemianism to the space,” she says.

To achieve the look and feel the owner wanted, she mixed warm neutrals and calming blue hues to accentuate the beautiful architecture of the vintage home.

Breakfast corner

house with warm neutral tones and calming blue hues to accentuate the beautiful architecture of vintage interior designer karen b wolf dining room, breakfast nook

Raquel langworthy

Create a breakfast nook that doubles as a home office.

This versatile dining room, which functions as a workspace while the owners (the two lawyers) work from home, has a casual, rustic vibe. The large-scale shiplap creates a separate area of ​​the sleek and modern kitchen. “Plus, it opens up the space and adds the charm of the farm,” says Karen.

For a similar look: Art Print at Sea by Carolyn Maclaren, minted.com; Whitesburg Dining Chairs, ashleyfurniture.com.


Cooked

house with warm neutral tones and calming blue hues to accentuate the beautiful architecture of vintage interior designer karen b wolf dressing room in kitchen area

Raquel langworthy

Create a “cloakroom” in a kitchen area.

This historic home had no natural space to store shoes, jackets, and exercise gear, so Karen added a large storage cabinet in the corner of the open kitchen-dining area. “I designed every nook and cranny to be functional,” she says. A wooden bench, along with floating wooden shelves for displaying books and decorative items, adheres to the farmhouse style of the layout.

For a similar look: Two-tone woven Shopping cart, westelm.com.


Bathroom

house with warm neutral tones and calming blue hues to accentuate the beautiful architecture of vintage interior designer karen b wolf bathroom with ladder as towel rail

Raquel langworthy

Use a rustic ladder as a towel rail.

The graphic bathroom floor tile in soft blue adds freshness to the design and complements the subway tile walls, which feature a hand glazed texture with a subtle sheen. A decorative wooden ladder for the napkins plays the bohemian vibe. “The wall was negative space and needed a focal element and height to catch your eye on the dressing table,” says Karen.

For a similar look: Decorative eucalyptus ladder, worldmarket.com.


Bedroom

house with warm neutral tones and calming blue hues to accentuate the beautiful architecture of the karen b wolf bedroom

Raquel langworthy

Embellish drawer knobs with pom poms.

Rather than a traditional headboard and nightstand, Karen relied on hand-carved patterns to give the space a globally inspired feel. She finished the look with simple cotton pom poms.

For a similar look: Bechtold 2-Drawer Nightstand by Wrought Studio, wayfair.com.


Dining room

house with warm neutral tones and calming blue hues to accentuate the beautiful architecture of vintage interior designer karen b wolf dining room

Raquel langworthy

Hang a non-traditional chandelier.

In the dining room, Karen chose a large candelabra-style light fixture to stimulate visual interest with a rustic charm. Coral floral wallpaper, with blue trim and paneling, brings the room together. Benjamin Moore’s smoke, a trendy blue-gray paint color, adds an unexpected calm to the high-traffic space.

For a similar look: Cachil Dining Room Candelabra Chandelier by LNC, homedepot.com.

A version of this feature appeared in the October 2020 issue of Good Housekeeping.

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