Legaspi Courts Design brings a Venice Canal home to life with one-of-a-kind touches by local artists, designers and vendors.

In the living room, timeless pieces, including a pair of Carlo Mollino wood lounge chairs from DDC, Charlotte Perriand stools and the Groundpiece sofa by Flexform provide various comfortable—and stylish— seating options. A commissioned
Alison Van Pelt painting, a client favorite, sets a meditative mood in the double-height space. PHOTOGRAPHED BY STEPHEN BUSKEN STYLED BY KATE FLYNN
In the living room, timeless pieces, including a pair of Carlo Mollino wood lounge chairs from DDC, Charlotte Perriand stools and the Groundpiece sofa by Flexform provide various comfortable—and stylish— seating options. A commissioned Alison Van Pelt painting, a client favorite, sets a meditative mood in the double-height space.

THE HOMEOWNER

After being introduced to her client—a single real estate professional in his mid-40s who works for a prominent NYC-based private investment firm—Edel Legaspi, owner and principal of Legaspi Courts Design, knew she had to incorporate his active lifestyle and relaxed, warm and modern aesthetic into the design of his home. “I was introduced to him by my good friend Christian Schulz of hospitality firm Studio Collective,” says Legaspi. “They surf and have completed hotel projects together, but Christian felt I would be a great fit to collaborate with the client in creating a home for his Venice Canal rental.”

THE PRIORITIES

Since her client only had a bed and one sofa, Legaspi was tasked with filling the home with furnishings, lighting, decor and artwork. Stylewise, the client, who often travels, wanted to incorporate design elements discovered on his trips. “The client travels extensively for work and leisure, and his work focuses on luxury hospitality properties,” she explains. “Most of the spaces he liked were bright, comfortable, warm and textural, with natural materials as the predominant features he gravitated toward.”

Floor-to-ceiling drapery wraps the full-height curved windows and provides a soft backdrop to the furnishings’ warm, natural finishes—oak, travertine, blackened steel and woven leather. The Croft House dining room table is flanked by
a bench and chairs by Mark Albrecht Studio sourced from Holly Hunt, while a Jonathan Ryan painting from the Landing Gallery illuminates the room
PHOTOGRAPHED BY STEPHEN BUSKEN STYLED BY KATE FLYNN
Floor-to-ceiling drapery wraps the full-height curved windows and provides a soft backdrop to the furnishings’ warm, natural finishes—oak, travertine, blackened steel and woven leather. The Croft House dining room table is flanked by a bench and chairs by Mark Albrecht Studio sourced from Holly Hunt, while a Jonathan Ryan painting from the Landing Gallery illuminates the room.

THE INSPIRATION

“The surrounding area of the home was definitely an inspiration for our design,” says Legaspi. “The Historic Venice Canals have an amazing mix of styles of homes, along with a rich history of creative artists and entrepreneurs that live in the neighborhood.” Her client’s love of nature and the outdoors inspired the color palette, and finding the right art to reflect his taste was an essential aspect of the project. “The art and accessories curation we did for him took time and was carefully considered,” Legaspi shares. “We wanted to find pieces that were unique and special. This process provided a curated and collected overall feel for the entire home.”

THE PLAN

Legaspi and her team used inspiration and concept images to nail down the project’s overall vibe and aesthetic. “This process allows both us and the client to have a clear understanding at the very beginning,” she says. “The color palette consisted of neutral warm base textures and various natural materials with accents of colors derived from nature and art.” Warm modern furnishings with clean lines, organic textures and wood tones mixed with blackened steel laid the foundation of the space. The team prioritized collaborating with local galleries, artists and vendors to give the home a collected feel, and brought in Venice landscape designer Big Red Sun to layer plants inside and out. “Their casual vibe and textured aesthetic in landscaping complemented our design perfectly,” Legaspi shares.

a photograph by Jason Frank Rothenberg presides over an upholstered bench in Zak   Fox fabric in the primary suite. PHOTOGRAPHED BY STEPHEN BUSKEN STYLED BY KATE FLYNN
A photograph by Jason Frank Rothenberg presides over an upholstered bench in Zak Fox fabric in the primary suite.

THE LIVING ROOM

“The living room’s grid of floor-to-ceiling height windows is the graphic background for the soft modern furnishings,” Legaspi shares. A mix of timeless modern pieces, including wood lounge chairs by Carlo Mollino, Charlotte Perriand stools and a Flexform Groundpiece sofa provide stylish and comfortable seating options, while a commissioned Alison Van Pelt emanates a peaceful, zen vibe.

THE DINING ROOM

A Croft House dining table surrounded by a Mark Albrecht Studio bench and chairs anchors the space, backed by floor-to-ceiling sheer drapery. A large swing arm wall sconce with a copper finish by Souda, paired with “Chevron (Pink)” by artist Jonathan Ryan, adds playfulness to the room.

An alcove in the primary suite serves as a meditation area that opens to a plant-filled balcony overlooking the Venice canal. An Armadillo rug, Pindler drapery fabric and a found wall sculpture above the fireplace provide warmth and calm.  PHOTOGRAPHED BY STEPHEN BUSKEN STYLED BY KATE FLYNN
An alcove in the primary suite serves as a meditation area that opens to a plant-filled balcony overlooking the Venice Canal. An Armadillo rug, Pindler drapery fabric and a found wall sculpture above the fireplace provide warmth and calm.

THE PRIMARY BEDROOM

“We wanted to create a sanctuary space to escape to at the end of the day,” says Legaspi. “The tranquil color palette of muted lavenders and blues mixed with warm woods and handmade accessories complement the beautiful sunsets experienced from the room.” Part of the primary was transformed into a meditation suite that opens to a plant-filled balcony overlooking the canal. “It’s a great solution for an awkward space that the client now uses daily,” she explains.

THE OUTDOOR AREAS

“We outfitted the space with two low-slung lounge chairs and a cushioned wraparound bench to create a small outdoor living room,” Legaspi says. “It’s a perfect spot for people watching and listening to the water from the canal.” RH metal lounge chairs, a Blu Dot powder-coated metal table and decor—vintage candle holders, an antique wood bowl and a teal lantern from Crate & Barrel—mix perfectly with landscaping by Big Red Sun.

 Inspired by the changing sunsets, the primary bedroom’s muted furnishings and decor include an oak and leather bed frame from Croft House topped with Parachute Home bedding, nightstands from DWR, stoneware lamps by Stone and Sawyer and a rug by Loloi. The painting from Rhett Baruch Gallery
is by Jonathan Todyrk. PHOTOGRAPHED BY STEPHEN BUSKEN STYLED BY KATE FLYNN
Inspired by the changing sunsets, the primary bedroom’s muted furnishings and decor include an oak and leather bed frame from Croft House topped with Parachute Home bedding, nightstands from DWR, stoneware lamps by Stone and Sawyer and a rug by Loloi. The painting from Rhett Baruch Gallery is by Jonathan Todyrk.

THE HIGHLIGHTS

Besides loving the openness and views from the living room, one of Legaspi’s favorite parts of the project was selecting the art. “The highlight for me was curating the art and working closely with the client to find and commission special pieces made exclusively for him,” she shares. “We had many wonderful visits to artists’ studios and galleries in the city, and I am grateful for my client’s trust and willingness to create unique pieces for his home.”

THE OUTCOME

Custom furniture pieces and commissioned artwork stretched the project to a year-and-a-half-long endeavor. But the result, an inviting, layered, collected and warm space, was worth the wait.

Low-slung metal frame lounge chairs from RH provide a perfect perch for relaxing and peoplewatching out toward the canal. The built-in wraparound bench has custom cushions by Shore Rugs, and the lush landscape design is
by Big Red Sun. PHOTOGRAPHED BY STEPHEN BUSKEN STYLED BY KATE FLYNN
Low-slung metal frame lounge chairs from RH provide a perfect perch for relaxing and people-watching out toward the canal. The built-in wraparound bench has custom cushions by Shore Rugs, and the lush landscape design is by Big Red Sun.

DESIGN DETAILS

TYPE
Single-Family Home

LOCATION
Venice Canals

DESIGNER
Legaspi Courts Design
legaspicourts.com

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Big Red Sun

bigredsun.com

RESOURCES

CROFT HOUSE
Dining room table, primary bedroom bed

crofthouse.com

DDC
Living room accent chairs by Carlo Mollino

ddcnyc.com

DESIGN WITHIN REACH
Primary bedroom nightstands

dwr.com

FINE DRAPERIES INC.
Drapery throughout

818.989.5567

FLEXFORM
Living room sofa

flexform.it

HOLLY HUNT
Dining room chair and bench by Mark Albrecht Studio

hollyhunt.com

LAWSON-FENNING
Primary bedroom table lamps by Stone and Sawyer

lawson-fenning.com

LOLOI
Primary bedroom rug

loloirugs.com

MARC PHILLIPS
Living room rug

marcphillipsrugs.com

PARACHUTE HOME
Primary bedroom table lamps by Primary bedroom bedding

parachutehome.com

SOUDA
Dining room lighting

soudasouda.com

TEN10
Living room coffee table

ten10site.com