You never know what connection will turn into a great interior design client–or when.
Liz Bruder-Frydman and I met in New York in 1984, when I was 22. She was working at Knoll International, at their Madison Avenue showroom. I was a resource librarian at Furniture Consultants. Our paths crossed professionally — you couldn’t miss Liz with her magnetic personality and charm.
Thirty years later, Liz and her husband bought a historic Colonial-era home in Sharon, Conn., and Liz tracked us down. By then, we had established William Caligari Interior Design in Great Barrington. and Liz hired us for interior design planning, project management and design implementation at this great new home. The result: fresh style and design, with a bit of drama, for a charming 18th century home on a New England village green.
It’s not always evident, to those focused mainly on fabrics and furnishings, that top interior designers manage all aspects of a project, from the early construction and design to full project management and implementation. We are unique in our region with this comprehensive array of services, and we were able to stretch across this range of expertise with the Bruder-Frydman home. We achieved a super-efficient turnaround on the build-out, based on our working drawings and the work of Chris Lancto of B&L Builders, a Connecticut general contractor.
With an exciting, design-minded client like Liz, I shared some similar tastes and adventurous shopping trips in New York City and Hudson to source fabrics, furnishings and antiques. I had a great time while creating a bespoke space. Liz’s design connections brought lively flair to the home, including a beautiful, indulgent, silk/velvet sofa.
Our work in Sharon involved reconfiguring the second floor, including re-scaling the master suite and developing a comprehensive design of the master bathroom. We managed the demolition and reconstruction of the guest bathroom and curated furnishings and finishes for guest bedrooms.
On the main floor below, we made our first dramatic mark by transforming a drab and boring central foyer, which had been painted in an unremarkable white afterthought. Up the stairs it rambled–but a space that stretches upward is a great place to instill energy. How does one make a dramatic statement? With Clarence House Flower Quince wallcovering, of course! Our wallpaper selection was a spread of up-reaching branches that instills motion into the space. No one who walks into that foyer will ever forget the impact. It sets the tone for the residence as well as the personality of the owner.
This foyer, centrally situated, is the transition between the living area, a crisp and bright space filled with Colfax and Fowler silks accompanied by Rogers and Goffigan textiles furnishings, and what we now call Ken’s library. This is a comfortably furnished, book-lined corner of the home, deep and saturated with warmth.
The Bruder-Frydman home is also an example of William Caligari Interior Design’s seamless client connections between the Berkshires, Northwest Connecticut and New York City.
Some of our Berkshire Hills clients, whose weekend homes we’ve designed for downtime and vacation experiences, are often sophisticated urban dwellers who see fit to bring our talents to their city dwellings. We enjoy these clients immensely, as their urban and country tastes may vary and differ, depending on whether they are in the city or country, at work or at play.
The Bruder-Frydman home is just such a gem — as is the great client relationship we’ve developed over the years with Liz and Ken.