- Architecture & development
In Old Westbury, on the beautiful north shore of Long Island, New York, stands a unique new home built by Jon Bijari and designed by Mojo Stumer. A young family fell in love with it instantly and enlisted the help of interior designer Monica Fried to make the house their home. The result? A sophisticated design that perfectly balances comfort and aesthetics.
Just in the place where anything is possible, New York, Monica Fried founded her eponymous interior design studio. It soon became clear that her studio would have a clear vision: each design is a strong composition of clean lines, finished with quality materials and chic details. By alternating vintage elements with modern sources, the inspirer arrives at unique designs each time. This is partly because Fried incorporates the inspiration she finds during her travels and tries to translate each client's voice as accurately as possible into a beautifully thought-out final result. The cosy yet cheerful design of this interior was linked to the personality of the resident family. The 'forever home', as the interior designer herself calls her design, was given a logical and, above all, elegant layout. As soon as you enter, you are pleasantly welcomed by the gracious oak-panelled entrance hall. The honey-coloured wood is also immediately the artery that recurs in every room. The entrance leads you seamlessly into the formal living space where the dining room, kitchen and family rooms flow together beautifully. Especially of the Brazilian lounge chairs by Jorge Zalszupin, an architect and designer known for his modern design, have a special significance in the design story; in fact, they served as inspiration that helped immensely with the rest of the interior design choices. Arriving on the upper floor, you will find the five bedrooms as well as the large playroom where the family's children can spend hours of fun.
The honey-coloured wood is also immediately the artery that recurs in every room.
The timeless elegance that this design also exudes, Fried managed to achieve by looking for pieces that were both functional and chic. She adds, ‘I didn't want to simply use trendy elements, but to think carefully about quality furnishings that would satisfy the family for years to come.’ Designing for a family with three children naturally requires a lot of thinking, but the interior stylist enjoyed taking on that challenge. She deliberately chose durable fabrics that can take a beating but are pleasing to the eye. Moreover, she opted for a neutral palette of natural materials, which nicely highlights the family's personal art collection.
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Photography by Nicole Franzen
Design by Monica Fried Design
Building by Jon Bijari Custom Homes
Architecture by Mojo Stumer
Text by Emma Verstappen