Trisha Krause’s walking routes often take her through a mature and desirable neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia, which is modeled after an old English village. She and her husband Sanjay Bhagchandani have been looking for houses for many years and watched every house they wanted to buy slipped away. Then the couple heard that they were going to sell a well-maintained but unremarkable 1950s builder's house. "I have been walking through this house for 13 years, and I don't think I noticed it once," Tereza said. The couple believes that this is likely to be the normative home of that era-when it becomes them, it provides them with an opportunity without guilt to make structural and design changes to express their style and fill this home with vitality.
Sanjay meets designer Janie Molster and her husband socially, and has always wanted to see her home and understand her personal style. The couple signed up for a progressive dinner stop at Molster's house and liked her style from the beginning. "It's spectacular," Sanjay said. "After we left, we said, ‘one day we will ask her to help us clean up the house.’"
“Sanjay and Trisha came to the dining table with a passion for design, caring about aesthetics, and looking for special custom pieces to create these visual moments,” said Morest. "We always say to our customers,'We want your home to look like we collect it over time.' For this special couple, no education is needed. They got it."
Trisha loves the warmth of gold. "I'm always ready to layer in a little more," she says. "This room is so glamorous at night. The pendant throws the most beautiful light. It makes everything shimmer."
Richmond is typically a traditional city, sitting just 45 minutes from historic Colonial Williamsburg, in a part of the country that enjoys its design history. Molster says Trisha and Sanjay might have had a traditional home from the outside, but inside they wanted a fresh, worldly approach.
"Trisha wanted to introduce more color into the rooms. She has a love of color and pattern. From her wish list, we added a beautiful yellow that carries throughout every room. She's interested in livability, pattern, and color," Molster says. "Sanjay wants to create a mood and a vibe with international flavor. It's a sexy, layered look that you really see in his teal salon. For them, it was good to have divergent tastes. They have an appreciation for what the other brings to the table. Sometimes, as a designer, you have to wear the hat of a marriage counselor and negotiate between a couple, but we didn't do that here. In this case, our three heads were better than two."
"This romantic room makes you feel like you're in a sleeping car on the Orient Express," Molster says. Her trick for success when using deep color like this teal? Coat everything. "It's like hitting the mute button. It turns down the volume if you don't have a different color on the ceiling and trim."
The tastes of this couple gather on the restaurant wallpaper. Many years ago, while traveling to New York, Sanjay and Trisha planned to stop at the de Gournay showroom. The couple fell in love with a golden peacock mural painted on a luxurious silk floor. They took the samples home and couldn't put it down. "When they took me on the boat, the samples were crumpled and had dog ears. If they carried them with them for so long, all I really need to know is this. It will become a star of the restaurant," Morester said. She layered gold and gilded finishes to complete the space: lights from Marrakech, golden handles on the sideboards, and the early 18th century half-sun on the mantelpiece. "We drop gold everywhere in the room to make it shine."