Designer Teddy Karl Featured in True Transitions

The real challenge when marrying traditional and contemporary design is incorporating new furnishings in a way that won’t make older pieces look dated. Principal designer Teddy Karl of The Great Cover-Up achieved true transitional – we’re talking simple, clean, and utterly timeless – by striking a flawless balance between past and present in this 25th floor urban high-rise.

Formal Dining Room: The formal dining room represents a transitional aesthetic at its very best because, well, it showcases an authentic mix of classic staples and modern décor that challenged Karl to think way outside the box. For familiar and time-honored, it’s hard to be at that table with its curvy legs and ornate detailing. Karl reupholstered an interesting mix of host and hostess and Queen Anne chairs, kept from the homeowners’ previous Ladue manor, with a monochromatic fabric.

“We took the Persian hand-knotted carpet that previously had been in the homeowners’ family room and used that in the dining room,” says Karl. The rest, he explains, is ultra-simple. Sheer horizontal Silhouettes from Hunter Douglas and a minimalist blown-glass chandelier serve as contemporary counterweights.

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