Daun Curry Design Studio gives a 1980s ranch home some serious upgrades for a dynamic duo and their young son.

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The abode’s great room features the wall sculpture “I Want to Live 100 Years: After Agreement” (2013) by Entang Wiharso.

A couple as powerful as Tracy Richelle High and Roman Johnson deserve an equally inspiring refuge to come home to. High, a managing partner and diversity and women’s initiative committee co-chair at a Manhattan litigation firm, and Johnson, a former model and production company owner, called on Daun Curry Design Studio to fully renovate a home in Rye, N.Y., for their young family.

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The home’s kitchen

The five-bedroom, three-bathroom 1980s home was initially a ranch-style residence before Curry executed a complete architectural and interior rejuvenation. “We wanted to keep some of those elements such as the openness of the entry, dining and living room but update the finishes and add some glamorous touches,” says public relations liaison Nicole Haddad. Upgrades included a swoonworthy walk-in master closet with miles of shelf space, custom leather-clad swing doors that lead into the kitchen, and decking out the double-face fireplace in Calacatta marble. The couple’s extensive art collection, featuring the works of Miya Ando, Mel Bochner and Jeffrey Gibson, among others, infuses the space with distinctive character.

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The welcoming foyer

A neutral, clean color palette is carried throughout the home, with vivid pops of brights to add whimsy. In the great room, peach and chartreuse pillows accentuate a bold striped banquette from Missoni Home. An emerald and gold chandelier from Gabriel Scott adds jewel-toned decadence to the foyer. Hanging elements continue throughout with a 1950s-era Italian hanging lamp in elemental hues dangling in the home office, while a gilded chandelier and bar backsplash lend a regal touch to the dining room. “Throughout the home, a comfort-meets-elegance ambiance pervades,” says Haddad.

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A pair of vintage Viennese chandeliers adorn the dining room.

Warmth exudes from the master bedroom, enveloped in a silk textured gold wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries. Metallic touches reflect light from all angles, from the chrome canopy bed and antiqued mirror glass television cabinet to the embossed German silver dresser. Luminous tones continue in the home’s piece de resistance, a screening room outfitted in a series of scintillating fabrics. “This provides an additional cozy retreat for the family to enjoy a movie night together,” says Haddad. “A palette of warm grays and shimmery metallics follow through with the casual yet elegant appeal.”

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The master bedroom boasts a sleek vibe.



Single-family home


Rye, N.Y.


Daun Curry Design Studio dauncurry.com


Alternate Designs Inc. alternatedesignsinc.com



Stiletto chests in master bedroom cfmodern.com


Vase in master bedroom closet; side table in master bathroom; drink table, floor lamp and custom plaster side table by Dan Schneiger in living room; throw blanket and floor lamp in family room; and millwork art in home office flairhomecollection.com


Normandie cocktail table in living room and Niguel Desk in home office lawsonfenning.com


Wallpaper in master bedroom, dining room, living room phillipjeffries.com


Crono chandelier in master bedroom, Iris chandelier in master bathroom, Triosi chandelier in great room bathroom sognidicristallo.com


Carpeting in master bedroom closet and screening room, David Hicks carpet in family room starkcarpet.com