Allegra immediately appreciated the more relaxed feel of her family's new living room. The difference, again, is in Tippin's playful additions, which include a geometrically patterned Jonathan Adler rug (on top of a second sisal), a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams coffee table, and a leopard-print ottoman and a zebra-print stool from Dovecote. Pillows by Jonathan Adler and Madeline Weinrib Atelier complement the Glassmans' sofa.
The space was further punctuated by the dark, linear shapes of a few new pieces of furniture trimmed in burnished metal, inexpensive Ikea pottery, and one big, black-shaded Jonathan Adler lamp that, Tippin says, took away the piano's power "to overwhelm the room."
Tippin wanted "simple shapes, trays, and containers" for the coffee table, so he chose vases from Ikea, a Williams-Sonoma Home Lucite box (which he filled with coral), and a zebra-print tray from Decorative Things.
Abstract paintings Tippin hung below the sconces in both rooms underlined the moldings' graphic strength. "The great thing about abstract art is that you can impose your own thoughts on it," he says. "It brings intelligence and sophistication to a room." The abstract paintings are from Appleton Webster Home at Hiden Galleries.
Finally, Tippin slipped in a happy hint of Miami Beach circa 1975, with zebra-striped ceramic garden stools, bamboo-accented lamps and mirrors, and, beneath a Lucite console, a giant resin clamshell that he describes as a "pop piece you just have to touch."
The Stella shelves by Oly, on which Tippin placed art books and a ceramic hippo by Jonathan Adler, take advantage of and draw attention to the vertical space in the living room.
As he introduced textural thrills and the odd side table, Tippin always took care to tip his hat to Brad and Kristin's original goal of giving their house a feeling of history. So, formal potted lantana topiaries flank a bar, a streamlined yet undeniably classic bowl brims with coral on the sideboard, and an embroidered velvet ("but funky—not too serious") bolster is propped on one of the settees.
Tippin used pieces of both real and fake white coral to bring nature into the Glassmans' house. Here the coral is displayed in a serving bowl from Willliams-Sonoma Home and flanked by clear-glass candlesticks from Anthropologie.
The Glassmans were thrilled with the casually traditional, artfully controlled eclecticism Tippin created. A Lucite table from CB2 is perfect as a bar. The Buddha head is by Emissary from Dovecote; the barware, by Williams-Sonoma Home; and the painting Untitled Abstract II
, from Lillian August.
The best part of working with a stylist who intuitively got her and her family, Kristin says, was shedding her textbook ideas of how a house should look. Now that the living room is no longer cordoned off in their minds as a place only for company, Kristin and her girls visit the suddenly cozy and groovy space to read and hear birds sing. She jokes that sometimes—like when she was standing in a store and considering a Buddha statue that she wouldn't have noticed before—she wonders, What would Corey do?
But Tippin's greatest gift has been teaching her to trust her instincts. "What I want in the rest of the house is more youth, more vibrancy," she says. "I want our house to reflect our personalities. We are fun people, we do silly things here. I shouldn't feel I have to meet this criteria of what is ‘perfect.' I feel more confident now, more free-spirited. It's a revelation." Get more tips from Corey Grant Tippin.
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