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The Challenge of Decorating 16-Foot Walls in a Village Duplex

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Architect Michael Haverland lives in a charming Greenwich Village duplex located inside a 1925 building designed by Helmle and Corbett?a distinct departure from the glass and steel modern homes Haverland is known for. The apartment is filled with historic details and has a cavernous 16-foot living room with a barrel-vaulted coffered ceiling. But the great white walls leading to the ceiling posed a challenge for Haverland. On his website, he writes, "How should they be decorated without overwhelming the space and distracting from the elegance of the volume?" Haverland sent along the above photos showing his design solution, which he details on his site.

The answer: a reinterpretation of the coffered circles and octagons, created from white medallions made of medium density fiberboard. Haverland told the Journal that he arranged the shapes, which range from 25- to 4-inches wide, so they "trickle down the walls in kind of a mannerist way." Haverland wanted to "modulate" the room's height, but not diminish it, so he did not use drapes on the tall windows, and he opted for chairs over a sofa so as not to block sight lines. Additionally, he added bright pops of primary colors, like the cerulean Holland & Sherry fabric covering on the two Martingale chairs and a side table modeled after a Campbell's soup can.
· Michael Haverland [official]
· The Height of Charm [WSJ]