“Materials were chosen for their texture and patina,”
adds Brook Lieberman, Borsai’s right-hand woman
on the project. This nixed anything plastic, polished
or shiny: oiled walnut kitchen cabinetry and doors
throughout the house intermingle with Brazilian cherry
flooring to set a mood that quickly became midcentury.
“Given the cherry floors, midcentury modern and Brazilian-inspired interiors just seemed like the perfect fit,” explains
Borsari. Subued layers—a Michaelian & Kohlberg rug, a Robert
Kuo side table and Michael Smith club chairs—ripple gracefully
in the living area.
Light fixtures were early purchases and serve as important
tone-setters in areas like the bar, where Borsari tucked a
spikey vintage chandelier, edging the space with LawsonFenning Elysian barstools covered in Holly Hunt leather. The
vintage French pendants over the kitchen island are also
eloquent elements. “Everything we chose for this project was
meant to give it heart, because it was just a big box when
we started,” Borsari says.