Working in tandem, Pamela Shamshiri, then a principal at Commune, and Roman Alonso, a cofounder of the firm, devised a plan to imbue the residence with a rejuvenated spirit, keyed to the unique personalities of their clients, while maintaining the home’s patrician mien and Old World charm. “It really felt like the house of a bachelor. It needed a center, a heart,” Alonso explains, referring to the design team’s initial focus on the voluminous great room. “We tried to temper the scale of the room and give it a much more comfortable, intimate feeling for the family,” Shamshiri continues. That effort included the installation of a waxed wainscot in an earthy shade of tobacco as well as the integration of cozy upholstered seating and contemporary designs that tweak the aesthetic rectitude of the existing antiques. Alonso and Shamshiri also goosed the color scheme with tall yellow curtains and a luminous ombré of blue and lavender on the lofty ceiling. A single, massive Hechizoo carpet unifies the room’s dining and seating areas.
The remainder of this first design phase focused on the home’s upper-floor bedrooms, including the eminently serene master suite, with its polyglot mix of 1940s Italian glass lamps, an antique Venetian bed (one of the husband’s family heirlooms), a Gustavian console, and a monumental Serge Roche mirrored screen. “The bedroom, of course, is where two people come together, so it was especially important to make it new and upbeat to celebrate their union,” Shamshiri notes. “Other rooms, like the kitchen, we didn’t touch. They were perfect,” Alonso adds.
More recently, the team at Studio Shamshiri, the firm founded by the brother-and-sister duo of Pamela and Ramin Shamshiri, has continued to refine the home’s spaces, including the wife’s office, the guest quarters, and the red dining room, now crowned with a sculptural contemporary candelabra by Sam Orlando Miller. In the green sitting room, where the homeowners retire for postprandial drinks and conversation, Shamshiri made light changes to the upholstery treatments while preserving the basic art and furnishings scheme from the Hampton era. “Mark’s curtains puddled on the floor, while Pam’s treatment floats a bit. It’s like the difference between bell-bottoms and skinny jeans,” the husband muses.
Surveying their domain, the homeowners seem content with the scene of domestic bliss they’ve conjured. “We were just newlyweds, still getting to know each other, when this redesign process started. As we’ve become more confident in our relationship, the house has evolved to reflect the life
we’ve created as a family,” the wife declares. “You can feel the presence of everyone who has contributed to making our home such a warm and hospitable space. There are talismans of good luck and love everywhere.”