Bold Color and Modern Shapes Combine to Create a Timeless Home

A Verner Panton bar trolley sidles up to the pair of Corbusier armchairs in the living room. All photos by Jake Farmer.

Modern Family

Interior designer Kali Buchanan, who opened Kali Buchanan Interior Design in 2016, is no newbie to the design field. It’s in her blood. Her father was an architect; her grandfather a designer. Its what she calls a genetic disposition.” 

And that family trait helped her create a story with a Fairway couples modern living space.

The home features a formal living room that opens into the dining room, while the kitchen and family room have a bit more whimsy.Within that—the colors and the textiles and the shape of the furniture—you see a transition to something thats a little more everyday,Buchanan says.

Top left: The powder-pink velvet modular sofa is from Eilerson; a Tom Dixon brass set plays up the home’s sleek midcentury vibe. Top, right: In the family room, the surface mount ceiling light is by Jonathan Adler for Robert Abbey. Bottom, left: Buchanan selected the Jonathan Adler-designed credenza for it’s “heavy visual weight” to ground the original art. Bottom, right: Original oil painting is by the Russian artist Alexander Ilichev.

Throughout the project, Buchanan kept in mind the couples lifestyle to ensure that the design would serve them well into the future. She also has a couple of cornerstones when approaching a space—connecting with the clients and the clients’ willingness to consider a modern design.

Its almost like dating,Buchanan says. Its an important relationship, so some of that is just your instinct. You know it’s going to be fun—a good fit.

And it was a good fit with this Fairway couple from the start.

When we met for the first time and walked through the home, it was one of those immediate things,Buchanan says. This was an awesome opportunity and they were great people.

Top: The foyer is all about pretty practicality. The CB2 fluted-base table catches keys, while the Bludot hall tree stands by for coats. Bottom: In the breakfast area, the Victo pendant from Secto Design hangs above the marble-topped Saarinen table, which is surrounded by Eames dowel-legged molded chairs.

Throughout the project, she says the clientseagerness and appreciation for color stood out most.

So often modern design can be a little bit minimal and sterile,Buchanan says. So I loved that they really embraced adding color. Splashes of bright color can be seen in each room—in the jade-green velvet chairs that surround the dining table, the powder-pink chaise longue in the living room, the deep-purple wool-upholstered B&B Italia easy chair from Museo in the family room, and the gray velvet curtains that pop in the nearly all-white bedroom. Artwork and accessories repeat those hues throughout the house.

The chrome-finished canopy bed from Williams Sonoma Home is flanked by contemporary baroque acrylic table lamps

Touches of brass—from the pulls on the backs of the dining room chairs to the accessories to the light fixtures—tie it all together. 

The most critical factor, Buchanan says, is balancing the home’s midcentury modern design with the clients vision. Our intention was to reflect their taste in the furniture we selected, not only from their personality to how they liked to entertain, but all the way through, so that its a livable home that’s really unique to them and tells their story.

Interior designer Kali Buchanan.

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