photographs by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE
a 19th-century Connecticut seaport home into a thoroughly modern residence for his design-savvy parents.
all in the family
The Meles are an almost unreasonably creative clan—father Richard runs his own interior design firm, mother Patricia possesses an innate sense of fashion, daughter Mary Kate is a PR consultant for several major style brands, and son Patrick is a rising interior designer in New York City. So when Richard and Patricia purchased a 19th-century three-bedroom house in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 2006, its renovation was destined to be a family affair. After the couple asked their son to spearhead the historic home’s redesign, Patrick set about creating a residence as polished and glamorous as its inhabitants.
After stripping the house of timeworn fixtures and finishings, Patrick’s first order of business was to infuse its vintage lines with color. “I’m drawn to strong, expressive shades,” he explains. Though he first painted the house’s common rooms either black or white, he then broke loose in riotous color—not with the sort of muted hues one often associates with traditional interiors, but with a bold, urbane palette that ranges from vivid fuchsias and daffodil yellows to soulful ceruleans and citrines. “Patrick’s point of view is so sophisticated and informed,” Patricia says. “He gives us the confidence to think outside the box as we continue to decorate our home.”