IMAGINE downsizing from a five-bedroom townhouse to a two-bedroom condo. Now take into account that the couple making the transfer are avid collectors who lived in Hong Kong and London earlier than squeezing themselves into 1,300 sq. ft in Manhattan. How may litter and claustrophobia not ensue?
One half of the pair, inside designer Perry Sayles, admits that they saved some possessions and gave others to household. However a lot of the artwork, textiles, ceramics, artifacts (his associate is an Egyptologist) and books got here with them.
“You don’t need to throw out stuff, essentially, whenever you transfer right into a small house,” stated Mr. Sayles. “You simply have to group them and have a spot for them.” He suggested consolidating small objects onto a tray, or footage onto a gallery wall. “You start to really feel litter when there isn’t any open desk house. You don’t need all of your surfaces coated.”
Few patterns or difficult shapes compete with the couple’s collections; furnishings is clean-lined; upholstery and partitions restricted to single strong colours. “I have a tendency to decide on furnishings that’s fairly easy to go together with the objects,” stated Mr. Sayles, who additionally prevented pointless contrasts, which might chop up smaller areas. Partitions share the identical paint shade with built-in shelving and window and door moldings; hardwood flooring proceed into the kitchen, whose backsplash tile extends into the adjoining eating space.