This New York-based designer proves that old-school decorating techniques can result in a youthful and energetic retreat.
Writer: Marilyn Bethany
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On the shady loggia, Todd commissioned custom pieces to match the vintage McGuire outdoor set, covered in fabric by Schumacher. With classic nautical navy, and a pop of bright orange, he created an inviting and entertaining patio.
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The welcoming Dutch door entrance is painted a lively coral with flanking black-green shutters.
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"I like to nod to the best of the past, but make it fresher, lighter, and more modern," says Todd. In the living room, he covered a pair of bergeres with a sophisticated Pierre Frey print, while a vivid toile by Bob Collins & Sons adds a bit of fun to the throw pillows.
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Todd injects some color into the room with his signature lamps, which he placed on a modern metal-and-glass console table, available at Todd Alexander Romano showrooms in New York and Los Angeles.
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Jolt of Color
Todd gives a pop of color to the whitewashed living room with a lemon green glaze lining the shelves. The bright hue is a perfect foil for a collection of blue-and-white china.
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Todd incorporates a dramatic feeling with deep hunter green walls while still keeping the room light with patterned furniture and a quirky spiral side table.
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Todd gave a modern bedroom vintage accents such as the antique bedside lamp and white palm-frond stenciling on the walls. To prevent sun damage to the custom-colored Travers & Co. linen, the bedroom curtains are four layers thick.
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Todd chose a pale, custom-colored gray-and-yellow chintz by Bob Collins & Sons in the guest bedroom. Paired with citrine walls, the result is inviting yet sophisticated.
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A pagoda-roofed folly houses the homeowner's golfcart, strategically placed next to the pristine pool.
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The entertaining loggia and expanse of patio separates the house from the pool. White patio furniture adds interest and functionality.
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An antique-style bamboo table with a geometric mirror on the loggia adds a touch of stylistic flair as well as extra seating for guests.
12 of 12Photographer: William Waldron
This native Texan turned devoted New Yorker is known for his fresh, traditional interiors. He balances old-school elegance with a welcoming informality by taking an irrevernt, playful approach to formal spaces. His Upper East Side store in New York is a source for candy-colored gourd lamps, one-of-a-kind antiques, and fabric and wallpaper. His latest venture, an L.A. branch of Todd Alexander Romano, brings his signature style to the West Coast.