Upscale Downsizing
Cottages and Bungalows|June - July 2021
Designer tips for making a stylish transition from a house to a condo.
MERYL SCHOENBAUM

FLOW BLUE. “The family room is completely open to the breakfast room, so we used the same Schumacher wallcovering to connect the spaces: a deep Mediterranean teal with a geometric pattern and glass beads,” designer Pamela Harvey says. “We used a mix of blues and sand in this space, and each piece was carefully chosen for function. The pair of chairs both swivel, so they work well for TV watching and conversation in the family room or kitchen area. We had an ottoman custom made to nest inside the cocktail table.”

SPACE STATION. Pamela used the same wallpaper here in the breakfast room as in the family room. “To conserve space, we added a built-in banquette with an upholstered bench seat along the window wall,” she says. “We had a local furniture maker make a custom table in a narrow width. Chinese Chippendale chairs in a warm taupe with a velvet performance fabric tie in our wallcovering color.”

“We used the blues found in the Mediterranean Sea—deep, rich aqua and navy blue—and contrasted them with white and sand.”

When the kids have gone off to college and your large home is more “house” than you need, you may decide to downsize to a more practical living situation. But does leaving your larger home mean leaving great style and comfort behind? That is the question homeowners Lisa and Erick Finley pondered when they decided to downsize from their home to a townhome as empty nesters. They enlisted Pamela Harvey, principal at Pamela Harvey Interiors (pamelaharveyinteriors.com), who had designed their previous home, to ensure the same level of style and quality in their new townhome.

SAND, SEA AND SHINE. The dining room was grounded with a sisal geometric carpet in a sand color. Pamela added a touch of glam with a gold-and-crystal chandelier and a gold base on the dining table.

“I took the palette from the coastal areas but made sure not to make the home feel or look too ‘beachy.’

“The Finleys were looking to downsize for a simpler, easier day-to-day lifestyle,” Pamela says. “After selling their large home fully furnished, they started from scratch in a townhome in Gainesville, Virginia, as they also spend time at a second residence in Naples, Florida. They love the way the Naples house feels—less serious, more casual—and wanted the Virginia townhome to feel that way,” Pamela says. With their living spaces now drastically reduced in square footage, the couple pared down their apparel as well as the scale of their furniture. The new floor plan had to be functional; all the rooms would be used.

Built in 2019 and purchased at preconstruction, the Finleys’ city-style townhome has three bedrooms. The couple requested a relaxed, practical design. “It was really all about an easy lifestyle for them, making sure each room had a purpose and function,” Pamela says.

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