Modern New York City townhouse living room with large ocean painting on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Betsy Morgan Designs and Domaine Home)

Betsy Morgan, New York interior designer and prop stylist, balances historical and contemporary elements in a masterfully composed townhouse. The recurring element is the impressive modern art collection, ranging from paintings to photographs that complement the space perfectly, which tie the space together through their consistency. The first floor is renovated and contemporary, full of light due to a glass-paned slanted roof above the living room, while on the second and third floors (all bedrooms) Betsy kept the historical moulding and used traditional furniture in a light and neutral palette. In the traditional levels of the home, the modern pieces in her art collection complement the details fantastically, and on the contemporary floor the modern pieces fit in perfectly.



Modern New York City townhouse living room with kitchen and dining from above on Thou Swell @thouswellblogSteel spiral staircase in New York City townhouse on Thou Swell @thouswellblog Black and white photography gallery wall with burl console table on Thou Swell @thouswellblogMirrored table next to ornate fireplace mantel on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Betsy leads the transition from modern to classical with a contemporary palette, using black to ground this vignette. I absolutely love the detailing in this fireplace mantel!

Aqua table lamp on mirrored nightstand next to wicker bed on Thou Swell @thouswellblogButterfly art print above modern walnut sideboard on Thou Swell @thouswellblogRococo style bed in simple white bedroom on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

An airy and neutral bedroom features an ornate Rococo style bed as the focal point to the room, balanced by a very light and simple rug and modern light fixture.

Mixed gallery wall with different styles and frames on Thou Swell @thouswellblogModern patio on the third floor of a New York City townhouse with lush potted plants on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Isn’t this patio lovely? Situated on the third level, the modern pieces balance the classical pieces inside the French doors perfectly.


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  1. Heather Freeman wrote:

    Gorgeous home tour:) LOVE how art takes center stage in every room. Artwork is typically how I like to kick off the plan for a room’s design.

    Posted 9.25.14 Reply
    • Thanks Heather! I love that focus on art as well, definitely key to any thoughtfully designed room.

      Posted 9.25.14 Reply