Not everyone seeks instant gratification. Consider the owners of this Long Island residence. Noel Jeffrey spent the last 20 years working on their 8,000-square-foot house before completing the project with the master suite, which includes a master bedroom, his and her closets, an elegant bathroom, and a study with a secret passageway.
The 3,500-square-foot area, which occupies the entire second floor, contains a number of antiques, as the couple wished, but the designer was able to maintain an airy and bright ambience by adding only light furnishings. “The entire home is quite formal, but this is their private space, so I wanted to keep things elegant but relaxed,” Jeffrey says.
To satisfy the owners’ request for “beautiful antiques” in the bedroom, he placed a 1930s Swedish table by Carl Malmsten in the corner and a late-18th-century French Directoire table between the sofa and armchair. Jeffrey also created a mirrored screen that evokes designs from the 1940s and set it behind the Louis XVI–style bed from Lorin Marsh in New York. In the bathroom, Jeffrey utilized green Italian marble for the floors and mahogany for the walls and doors. An Art Deco chandelier adds elegance, and an inlaid star on the floor provides surface decoration. He continued the green tones and mahogany cabinetry throughout the husband’s study, which serves as his office and, thanks to the doorway concealed behind a bookcase, his hideaway.
But the focal point of the space is not the bedroom, bathroom, or study. “The driving force of the master suite was the dressing area. This is a couple who like to dress up every Saturday night and go to their country club,” says Jeffrey, who added a 1,500-square-foot space above the garage to house their wardrobes. “I wanted to give them a space that would make them feel glamorous, so that every day when they got dressed it would feel like a special occasion. I was inspired by the ritual aspect of it.”
For the husband’s dressing area, Jeffrey kept the cabinetry dark and masculine and included flat surfaces for packing and folding. Beyond his coat and shoe storage is a small gym area with a treadmill and free weights. The wife’s dressing room is reminiscent of a museum, with handbags and evening shoes stored behind glass doors and belts kept on hangers in their own cabinet. “It’s not just storage; it’s display,” says Jeffrey, who also included a dressing table with its own sink for convenient makeup application.
The Jeffrey Design Group Inc.