Photo Gallery: Brian Gluckstein Interiors
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Symmetry is one of the hallmarks of classic Georgian design, and Matthew Sapera Fine Homes designed this foyer with facing living and dining rooms. Wide archways framed with stately mouldings open up the main floor rooms to each other. “When the rooms are lined up, you get beautiful sight lines,” explains Gluckstein, who decorated the home. To break up the space, he added a vignette with an antique Empire table and lantern-style pendant lights.
Gluckstein advises homeowners to keep it simple when it comes to cupboards, flooring and countertops, since those materials are expensive to replace if you get bored of them. "Don't go over the top on anything that can't be changed easily,&
This dining room features a calm monochromatic scheme and a fireplace as its focal point. The room’s generous proportions, full-length silk drapes, and linen- and velvet-upholstered chairs with French damask backs introduce drama and elegance. Although formal, the homeowners wanted to keep the home “livable” for their two young boys. “Nothing in the house is off-limits to the kids,” they say. In this room, pillows have been piled into forts under the extra-long Georgian dining table.
English bureaus flank the fireplace, corralling clutter in this formal yet cosy space. Timeless silhouettes upholstered in family-friendly fabrics meet the demands of everyday use. “To balance design and comfort, use materials that aren’t intimidating,” Gluckstein says. “Choose fabrics that are tactile and practical — fine chenilles that almost look like velvet, linen velvets and beautiful woven textures.”
Buddha sculptures create a calming effect in the living room. In every room, Gluckstein balanced the architectural formality with a youthful mix of styles. Adding travel finds or vintage treasures injects a personal touch to a new home.
This upstairs landing, albeit spacious, makes the perfect spot to pause and unwind without the distractions of the kitchen or TV room. Tables with concealed storage hide clutter away in high-traffic areas.
This welcoming bedroom incorporates a mix of textures. A dramatic worsted-wool headboard adds a modern note, while the bedding, sofa fabric, and drapery are quite traditional. A sofa and tray table at the foot of a bed creates an inviting place to read before retiring.
Gluckstein added plenty of storage to the principal dressing room and bathroom. To the left, desk drawers conceal hair products, makeup and accessories. Overhead storage is perfect for out of season clothing or guest linens, and closet shelves were designed to store shoes and bags. In the bathroom, quiet artwork and a blue Fortuny light transform the space into an elegant retreat. Symmetrical floor-to-ceiling cabinets on either side of the tub balance the room and add even more linen storage.
In this home, Gluckstein used ebony cabinets, brushed metal accents and warm white Calacatta marble for the counters and backsplash. Refusing to give up function for form, he also installed smart shelving on either side of the range for commonly-used bottles and books.
In another kitchen, Gluckstein chose metallic trim on the kitchen drawers, oversized hardware and a gorgeous glass lamp on the island to add sparkle and contrast to the dark wood cabinets and countertops. The stainless steel range hood provides a showstopping focal point to the room.
Gluckstein designed this 1930s-inspired concept space for the 2008 Interior Design Show. The velvet walls — similar to the principal bedroom wall in the Georgian home — define the reading nook without taking the focus away from the striking marble fireplace and three-dimensional carved plaster relief. For the same plaster look on the cheap, try Asian-inspired wallpaper above a fireplace or on an accent wall. Gluckstein also experimented with warm colours like lavender, brown, cream and taupe. Balanced with shades of grey, the palette remains fresh and not too feminine.
Gluckstein put the two-storey living room of the concept space on display with extra-high windows. “I love the volume of space and height in two-storey libraries. It’s a real luxury,” he says. “But people can get the same illusion of height by painting their baseboards, walls and crown moulding all the same colour. Likewise, very high doorways, windows or arches make a space seem taller.”
The dining room of the concept space is just as grand. Having two storeys in a dining space is a luxury, and Gluckstein loves the idea of displaying books wherever possible. “One element every space should include is a library or bookshelf. Books create atmosphere, and give visitors a window into the person who lives there,” he explains. This dining area is made even more dramatic with ebony-stained cabinets with a horizontal grain, which Gluckstein added for unexpected visual interest.