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Some fine-tuning by Julia Buckingham takes a Southport Corridor home to a new level of comfort and sophistication.

A quartet of swivel chairs, upholstered in a sparkly cream fabric from Osborne & Little, invites guests into the living room. Glam elements like the faux shagreen and antiqued mirror coffee table, brass cocktail tables and bamboo lattice-patterned rug are balanced by the more modern limestone fireplace wall and vintage torchieres. 

 

“Threshold” by Karl Pilato is the focal point of the foyer, which is covered in a multitonal grass cloth by Phillip Jeffries and accented with two Lille benches from Hickory Chair.

 

A buffet that channels vintage Hollywood style is paired with pale wood chair frames and a chandelier from Currey & Co. that adds understated glamour. The vases and accessories are from Julia Buckingham’s collection for Global Views, and the shades are custom from Casamance.  

The backsplash of onyx mosaic tiles adds a slight sparkle and blue sheen to the overall crisp, clean kitchen palette. Dutch wood stools resembling chess pieces, from Jayson Home, provide a grounding element, while simple globe light fixtures keep the look fresh. 

The master bedroom is a skilled mix of new, old and classic with a velvet headboard and cut velvet ottoman, faux raffia nightstands layered in front of antique French Trumeau mirrors and an iron chandelier. The fabric for the Roman shades was chosen for its resemblance to a Van Gogh painting.

 

The home office features a desk with tapered legs and an eglomise top, while a file cabinet in gray washed wax and a trio of sculptural baskets (one is used for trash) provide a natural counterpoint to the glam elements.

 

The Victoria + Albert freestanding tub is a sculptural focal point in the master bathroom, while custom shades from a Romo Black Edition fabric add modern edge thanks to their oxidized metal look.

 

The more time, energy and money that Lisa Radomski invested into her custom-built brick-and-limestone home in the Southport corridor, the more passion she had for it. Some decisions were more tedious than fun, but she looked forward to the day she could settle in and call her home done. Still, in spite of all her enthusiasm and self-educating, she realized she needed help choosing the right furnishings, lighting, accessories and art that could elevate the space to one she couldn’t wait to return to after a long day’s work as a financial wealth manager.

“Lisa not only had the vision and passion,” says interior designer Julia Buckingham, “she is proficient in all of the terminology, but she had put her life on hold, making all of the decisions herself. She was totally immersed—and by this point overwhelmed and confused.” As the designer sized up her new client, she says, “It was obvious that blue was important, specifically a certain turquoise—almost the color of her eyes.” So Buckingham incorporated blues and silvery grays throughout the interiors of the 4,000-square-foot home, along with a yin-yang balance in tailored treatments paired with glamorous textures and sheens.

In the living room, a striking limestone fireplace creates a focal point—“I spotted this slab of limestone early in the design process,” says Radomski, “and knew I wanted to create a floor-to-ceiling focal point.” But when it came to furnishing the rest of the small space, she wasn’t immediately sold on Buckingham’s insistence on four chairs instead of conventional sofas. “Of the three or so layouts, it wasn’t my first choice,” says Radomski. “I was thinking a love seat and a couple of chairs. Now I wouldn’t do it any other way.” Buckingham agrees it isn’t a traditional furniture placement, “but a sofa and two chairs would chop the space,” explains the designer. The four chairs center the room and ground it, making the space feel larger and perfect for conversation.

Since Radomski loves to entertain, a formal dining room was in the plan, but that meant dealing with an off-kilter tray ceiling. “We had to reconfigure the ceiling to make sense of the room,” says Buckingham. “There are two small doors on either side—the room is essentially a pass-through. So we had to be careful where the table was centered.” Now, it is one of Radomski’s favorite spaces and is filled with eclectic materials and moody art.

In the crisp all-white kitchen, onyx backsplash tiles offer a hint of blue shimmer as they catch the light, while 5-inch-wide white-oak plank floors are a warm contrast. Buckingham designed a built-in banquette, which sits beneath a window opposite the island. A weathered reclaimed-oak table with bronze legs paired with silver bamboo chairs strikes a cool balance.

A more casual cottage vibe was incorporated in the family room, with a classic skirted sofa upholstered in cotton velvet and natural split rattan chairs that keep the look fresh. A vivid geometric rug anchors the seating, and blues are repeated in the pillows. Buckingham designed a Roman shade that stretches across the glass wall. “It really warms the space,” she explains. “You don’t want to block the view, and there’s not a lot of wall space, so the fabric actually feels more like a piece of art.”

Radomski gives full credit to Buckingham for the mix of fabrics, which set an especially elegant tone in the master bedroom. The bed is upholstered in a gray cotton velvet, while blues are introduced in a cut velvet with a circular repeat on the tufted ottoman, paired with a splashy print on the window shades. “She did such a great job. If I were doing it myself, it would be totally matchy-matchy,” Radomski admits. “Lisa had just seen a small sample, and we all said it reminds us of Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night,’ which is one of her favorite works of art,” says Buckingham.

Now that Radomski is satisfied and settled, she can look at the details and marvel. “It’s fun when you feel like, ‘Oh! I got that right!’”

DESIGN DETAILS
TYPE

Single-family home

LOCATION
Southport Corridor

INTERIOR DESIGN
Julia Buckingham

RESOURCES
CURREY & CO.
Coquette chandelier in dining room and Fantine chandelier in master bedroom

DONGHIA
Window fabric in master bedroom

FEIZY RUGS
Manoa rug in living room

GABBY
Swivel chairs in living room and ottoman in master bedroom

HICKORY CHAIR
Suzanne Kasler benches in foyer and Wellesley bed in master bedroom 

HOLLY HUNT
Great Plains and Mokum Kabuki fabrics for sofa frame and cushions, dining room chairs and Pierre Frey fabric in master bedroom

JULIA BUCKINGHAM FOR GLOBAL VIEWS
Tide side tables in living room, black Earring lamps in dining room, Bracelet vases in dining room, white-and-gold Bracelet vase in living room, blue Teardrop vase in kitchen

MADE GOODS
Cocktail table in living room, nightstands in master bedroom

PALECEK
Barclay lounge chair in master bedroom

REDEFINED DECOR
Glass bubble lamps in master bedroom 

ROMO
Villa Nova fabric in office, Zinc and Iridos fabrics in master bedroom

ROBERT ALLEN
Cordoba Star fabric on living room windows