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sneak peek: rosy levy

by anne

south american born rosy levy is a self-proclaimed aspiring designer and wanna-be architect “when she grows up.” there is a standing joke in the household that her husband cannot leave town for more than three days because he’ll come back to something that has changed.  still, her husband of 20 years and two teenage kids keep up with rosy and are willing (so far) to move every few years so rosy can have a new clean palette to work with. she describes her home as contemporary eclectic where every room has a function. enjoy reading below and learning about all the creative solutions she’s come up with for her home! {thanks, rosy!}anne

[above: My children’s Work Area was a 4th bedroom we opened up to incorporate it with the loft area. 4 Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs from DWR, Eames Round Table from Corporate Design Choice, 3 round mirrors from Urban Outfitters, Zettle’Z Pendant light by Ingo Maurer lamp from Ylighting, 2 Magazine Racks from PB Teens, Curtain fabrics from Donghia]

They don’t have desks in their bedrooms, which are meant only for sleeping. The corkboard is covered with a raffia material. Millwork was done locally, leather drawer pulls from York Studio, Eames soft management desk chair from Corporate Design Choice.

Kid’s Loft – The French movie poster  from “Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down” I got from my brother who worked with Pedro Almodovar for over 10 years. The TV swings out so they can watch TV from their desks. Boi Sconces are from Pucci International, king size futon upholstered in espadrille fabric from Donghia. We set up a king upholstered mattress to lounge, play X-box and have kids sleep over.

My daughter wanted a comfortable area to read and talk on her cell phone, so she chose the bubble chair [from InMod]. I fell in love with the penny tile [Bloom 4 from Viva Ceramic] wall after I saw it installed in Casa Cielo, a tile and mosaic showroom in the Miami Design District. I copied the headboard from one pictured in House Beautiful, pillows on bed are from Jonathan Adler, pillows on bubble chair are from Missoni Home & Maison de Vacances from Calypso, Kartell Bourgie Lamp from Hive Modern, nightstands are channing end tables from Johnathan Adler, Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup poster is from allposters.com, Linens are Ralph Lauren & Bloomingdale’s Hudson Hotel line, the area rug is a white Barbie shag from Lilypad Creations Miami and the cashmere throw is from Bloomingdale’s.

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Dining room – I fell in love with this lamp many years ago. The feeling the lit candles give off at night is magical. The inspiration for the color palette of the room came from the photograph. I have a fascination with textures and I first saw this installed in a bathroom in my parent’s London apartment and thought it would look amazing in my dining room. Altar hanging lamp by Kevin Reilly from Holly Hunt, Courrier dining table by Christian Liaigre from Holly Hunt, Velin dining chairs by Christian Liaigre from Holly Hunt upholstered with Etruscan Red Mohair by Henry Calvin Fabrics, wallpaper – Grey Galuchat (shagreen) by Elitis from Jeffrey Michaels & Co.,  custom dining credenza with imbedded frosted mirror glass on top for hot food, photograph by Brazilian Vic Muniz “Still Life with lemosn, oranges, and a cup of water, after Francisco Surbaran,” custom brass rod and drapes in linen by Pollack from Donghia.


Family room – The dining area used to be an outdoor covered patio which we enclosed to make our everyday dining area. Custom made “L” shaped sofa in blue/brown mohair from Metaphores from Donghia, pillows from Calypso, Target & West Elm, custom ottoman in antique gold rubberized fabric by Elitis from Jeffrey Michaels & Co., throw from Pottery Barn, tray from Calypso, wallpaper – chocolate grasscloth by Elitis from Jeffrey Michaels, end table with phone is from West Elm and custom painted blue.


Family room – Solitaire lamps in sapphire are from Niche Modern, which I came across by reading your blog. The drawing was a wedding present. In the distance you see the living room which has similar colors and photos, which are by Huang Yan – “Winter Eyes Open” & “Winter Eyes Closed.” Rare T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings dining set c. 1950, chairs upholstered in imitation horsehair (Darely Lapis) by Lee Jofa), Ink drawing is by Alberto Sojo, decorative objects on table from Details & Jalan Jalan, custom brass rod and drapes – Garbo (blue) by Henry Calvin Fabrics, zebra wood on column and wall with TV unit and equipment.


The guest bedroom is a work in progress and transitioning from my husband’s home office. The wallpaper [Light Gray Pony (Natives) by Elitis from Jeffrey Michaels] texture looks like real life pony hair squares. The white leather bed and crocodile night stands are from Artefact, green etched glass table lamps by Arteriors Home from Lamps Plus, bed linens are Hudson Hotel line from Bloomingdale’s, bed pillows are from Maison de Vacances and Adam & Viktoria from Calypso, moss green drape fabric from Creation Baumann from Jeffrey Michaels & Co., rapphia area rug under bed from West Elm, cashmere throw from Bloomingdale’s, painting by Carlos Rojas.


The inspiration for my son’s room came room finding the industrial looking night stand and wanting to create a timeless masculine room. I copied the headboard from a bed pictured in Met Home. The back wall was made from plywood squares and nuts & bolts from Home Depot. The bed linens and pillow are from Target, cashmere throw from Bloomingdale’s, perferoated steel side table from Interieurs, Tolomeo wall lights (with arm) from Ylighting.


The wallpaper in my son’s bedroom was installed horizontally to make the room look more interesting. The wallpaper is Rayeurs by Elitis from Jeffrey Michaels & Co., the wall unit is Pi Shelves in galvanized steel from Crate & Barrel, Saarinen womb chair and ottoman from M.A.D.E. re-upholstered in red sumbrella fabric from Donghia, vintage communist propaganda posters purchased by my son during a recent trip to China.


Home office – I saw the wallpaper [XXL by Elitis from Jeffrey Michaels] in a magazine and went crazy looking for it. It is the focus of the room because it is very soothing and everyone has a need to touch it to see if there is really draping in front. The mangrove floor lamp is by Ed Koehler from Holly Hunt,  custom island seat in hazel mohair by H. Calvin from Donghia, tufenkian silk area rug, pillows are from John Robshaw and Masison de Vacances from Calypso, short and tall white sapien bookcase is from DWR, and the white leather magazine basket is from Crate & Barrel.

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  • Love this! The tiles are perfect, you’re right–but I also love the chandelier made of bits of paper, the splashes of color, and the orange chairs!

  • LOVE the functional ability of the office/kid’s work room and the kid’s loft. With three desks in our office, homework still happens at the kitchen table. Wonder if I can get them to start a new habit before college :o)

    Thanks for sharing

  • wow… this is one of my favorite sneak peaks ever, especially because of the functionality of each room. she manages to keep the rooms so chic and stylish yet very warm & inviting. love it!

  • Yes, Rosy, I agree–drop the ‘aspiring,’ you are a bonafide designer! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, elegant & Fun!!! I also love that you mix high-end w/ middle and low end items : )

  • grace, where is this house located? i can’t tell if its a city house or a country house!

  • OMG! I want to live in that house when I grow up. So beautiful and masculine without losing it’s livability! *LOVE*

  • obviously not done on the cheap! Love the colors and functionality- esp of the kids’s study room. Also love the idea of bedrooms for sleeping only. I concur!

  • Thank you for all the great comments, we truly enjoy our home. Kudos to my good friend and talented local designer, Deborah Wecselman and photographer, Hester Esquenazi.

  • I know I’m 39 with a husband and son of my own, but, PLEASE adopt me! I want to do homework and play X-box in that children’s work area!

    GORGEOUS, fun home. Love it.

  • Exquisite!! You think it’s possible to have Rosy help me decorate my apartment ? Please contact me ASAP.

  • for not being a “Professional” designer, she could have fooled me. This was done so well, I even like how she kept all the furniture in the work area by one designer, Most people mix and match, but sometimes using furniture by one designer is how the designer envisioned it.

    I love the penny tile, Never would have thought about putting it in a room (probably for resale issues) but its gorgeous. None of this looks inexpensive, and Im sure it wasnt lol, but it achieved a very very high end look.

    I could move into that house in a minute…My favorite room? the family room..omg the grasscloth wallpaper is wonderful, everything is so rich and warm. This house reminds me of my grandmothers custom built home designed by a student of frank lloyd in the 1940s, and she had great taste like you.
    I dont know why you would ever move!

  • rosy, you MUST dive into professional interior decorating! you have miles and miles of criativity, sense of composition, and taste. you house is aboslutely brilliant! i love all of it. i haven’t felt like this about a peek for a long time…

  • love her daughters bedroom!! so bright and colorful! also love the olive green room, its so relaxing and natural!

  • I LOVE the headboard in your daughter’s room and have been looking for that EXACT one for my own? Did you get it cutsom made.. or did you make it yourself? Any help would be appreciated!

  • in regards to the guest room…I think the headboard and nightstands are from Artefacto….not Artefact. I only know because I used to work for them!
    Gorgeous house!

  • Ah, so that’s why most of the comments on this blog are so fawning. Never mind. This still looks more like a shrine to high-end consumerism to me than a home.

    • alice

      if you’d like to leave hurtful non-constructive comments there are plenty of other sites that will allow that. i don’t. it takes a lot of guts to offer up a private space for thousands of people to critique so i do my best to protect people from comments that seek to insult.


  • Debra: We would love to add the 3 of you to our family
    Joe: the table is 36″ round
    Gail: Bed was custom made by a local upholsterer who does a lot of work for my designer. Bed was copied from an image that appeared in House Beautiful
    Ug: Call you tomorrow

  • Rosy:
    Your house is beautiful and you were an amazing client to work with. Without your creativity, patience and willingness to try new things we couldn’t have accomplish this beautiful space. Thank you for working with me. For additional images on this project please log into: http://www.dwdinc.com.

  • This home is great because it has such a fun and playful use of colors. Nicely done! I especially like the Eames table and chairs — white and orange are such a nice combination!


  • I like using the bedrooms are for sleeping and relaxing. I think it’s good that kids have a quiet place to read. I also like the inclusion of lots of fabric while maintaining a non cluttered look.

  • I LOVE this house. It is my favorite house EVER. Love every single room.

    HOWEVER, I’m not sure it belonged in this sneak peeks. What I love most about the homes you showcase is that they feature artists, designers and craftspeople whose work I have admired. Their homes reflect their personality and there is always a combination of high/low items. They’ve done the decor themselves and there are always ideas that are simple and easy to replicate.

    This is clearly the work of a professional designer who was given an EXTREMELY ample budget to create an impressive home. There are lots of other sites to showcase the work of high-end pros.

  • So this is how the other half lives! Fabulously! I especially love the communal environment that the kids work in, and their bedrooms are TDF — very sophisticated, yet youthful, and not at all what you typically see in kids’ rooms.

  • Wow!! Very nice, but I would hate to see the final cost of everything! Definitely high end.

  • Don’t forget everyone that it is important for the wealthy to SPEND their money– not save it!! It’s what makes the world go around and keeps us all in business. We should all be thankful that there are places to go and look at how a lot of money is spent very tastefully. I find this immensely inspirational, and though I will never be able replicate it exactly, it provides me with some very good ideas. Thanks!

  • It’s beyond me why people use communist memorabilia and find it cool. It’s offensive for any person who ever lived in a communist regime and it’s as bad as having a Nazi memorabilia displayed as ‘art’

  • FABULOUS! It certainly isn’t a starter home like mine, but it is something to look forward to and something that is definitely an inspiration… I love that you chose to keep the work space out of the sleep space (very respectful of the need for rest, which is so often put on the back burner to work!. I cannot wait to incorporate that into our next house hunt (separate work space for children!).