“People think it’s hard to make a space look sophisticated and complete without a lot of money, but I’m not one of those people who think you need to throw all your old stuff out and start over,” says Kern. “It’s about finding those special pieces and making them your own. And the mix of old and new adds that lived-in feel.”
Kern thoughtfully selected the finishing touches, from excess artwork that lines the floor, encouraging guests to thumb through it and ask questions, to a white canvas on which his friends scribble, incidentally creating a visual scrapbook of his time in this space. Elsewhere, feminine objects, like a fur throw, plush cushions and delicate flowers, balance harsh lines found in the tables, books and frames. The finished look is modern and refined with just enough eclectic boldness to make a statement yet still be inviting.