Charlie Ferrer's fresh take on

A Connecticut Empty Nest

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to the cutting-edge, Charlie Ferrer of Ferrer, an NYC-based design gallery and interior design studio, faced a unique challenge in his parents’ new Greenwich, Connecticut home. The century-old, French Normandy style house already had abundant natural light, elegant proportions and sophisticated decorative details. Ferrer simply had to create a modern interior design that, at his parents’ request, showcases their collection of beloved antique furniture.




both utility and style, the focal point of the entertaining spaces is an expansive salon-style living room split into two seating areas with an open path leading to the outdoor terrace. On one side of the living room, a contemporary tiered console table by Meier/Ferrer and a modern wooden sculpture play off classic paneling to timeless effect.




1940s kilim carpet and plenty of natural light from twin French doors unify the two living room seating areas. Ferrer continues to honor his parents’ attachment to their existing furniture and his contemporary vision via a smart pairing of an antique neoclassical settee and a towering Pietro Chiesa Lamp.




home is a celebration of disparate but complimentary forms. In one eye-catching corner of the living room, an Arnold Freidman painting hangs above a 19th century console. Upon first glance, the simplified nude lies in contrast with the table’s luxe detailing, but the overlap of golden hues and controlled curves dialogue to surprising harmonious effect.




library, original dark oak millwork houses valued books and a West German pottery collection. The traditional vibe is punctuated by a black and white Mark Steinmetz photograph boldly hung in the central bay window. Furthering this celebration of old and new, foreign and familiar, a Louis XVI–style desk and vintage Jean-Pierre Vitrac lamp break all the rules in this functional yet warm retreat. For a design practice that is firmly rooted in the modern, this Connecticut escape is a comforting classic..


Design: Charlie Ferrer

Photography: Joshua McHugh



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