Over his 20-plus-year career, New York interior designer Thomas Jayne has infused freshness into historic homes, flawlessly blending classic elements with modern. Featured on Architectural Digest‘s current AD100 list of leading American decorators and architects, Jayne was asked to describe his style: “hip and cool historic rooms,” he said. “I like old things, but I want them to look fresh – and that often comes from looking again at the old source and rethinking it in color, shape, and juxtaposition.”
With this Philadelphia Main Line home built in 1889, the owners enlisted Jayne’s help to blend the traditional Georgian architecture and antiques with their collection of postwar contemporary art. Throughout the home beautiful Empire-style antique armchairs, Regency chaise longues, and English side tables create a distinct backdrop for their bold artworks. Solid, neutral textiles avoid competition with the art. It’s a gorgeous take on a traditional home, and true to Jayne’s “hip and cool historic” style.
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