See how Pat Conner pushes the envelope with dramatic results

Madden-McFarland senior designer pushes envelope for client’s dream home
Madden-McFarland senior designer Pat Conner describes the Silverstein home (featured in the January/February issue of Kansas City Home Design) as the most unusual and dramatic interior design project of her career. “It pushed the limits of design from both architectural and interior design aspects,” says Conner. “It was very much the culmination of the client’s vision.” The Silverstein project was intensely collaborative between architect, interior designer, artisans and trades. “The creative process was fluid throughout – one idea led to another, the project evolved and grew over time,” says Conner.

Conner showcased the home’s stunning architecture by choosing materials and finishes as well as furniture and art in monochromatic color schemes to emphasize bold architectural scale and detail. The home abounds with examples of extraordinary features that inspire curious wonder –– starting with the grand hallway. Smooth stone slab Romanesque archways are juxtaposed against cut stone, cross-cut travertine marble flooring, and custom designed iron and handblown glass wall sconces. Polished glass infused into the stone showcases an amazing wine cellar.

An original design Italian stone mosaic kitchen backsplash with flowing vine motif serves as allegory for the project’s artistic evolution. The contemporary natural wood ceiling with craggy angles and pitches is the star of the dining room as limestone Venetian plaster walls, generous windows filled with seasonal splendor, white marble floor and European renaissance style furniture handcrafted of reclaimed antique wood play supporting roles.

The eclectic edges of Dr. Silverstein’s unique and inventive personality are reflected in the master suite where contemporary design and art meets classic antique furniture, and where cherished family heirlooms along with artwork of a pre-teen family friend celebrate enduring valued human relationship.

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