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Artist Melissa Marks’s son Archie is encouraged to add to the professional Lego installation recently built in his room.

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Marks did the drawings on the white walls per her 10-year-old’s instructions.

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In an effort to streamline the transition from work space to living space, Suzan Wines designed the bottom drawers of Marks’s art-supply storage system to easily detach, as Melissa likes to work on the floor.

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Set off by an azure glass backsplash, Ikea cabinets were upgraded with higher-end stainless-steel handles from Simon’s Hardware. The colorful breakfast bar stools are from Blu Dot.

Photo: Thomas Loof/Art Department

The dining area holds a Saarinen table and black dining chairs by Gae Aulenti, and is lit by a playful ribbon chandelier from Y Lighting. On the walls is artwork by Marks, who is represented by Pierogi Gallery.

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Wines and Marks chose an integrated palette of walnut wood, Carrera marble, and white paint to bring continuity and calm to the space. Marks had the once-leather Barcelona chairs and rocker, which were originally in her father’s office, recovered with Maharam fabric by her upholsterer Sol Ovadia of Prestige Furniture and Design. The circular nesting tables are from Design Within Reach.

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The tiles were laid out on the floor so Marks could figure out the design she wanted. “The exciting part is the process,” she says.

Photo: Thomas Loof/Art Department

Before the renovation the kitchen appliances ran along the rear wall. Now, it feels self-contained and open at the same time, as the marble-topped island acts as a dining area and partition. The collection of Fiesta ware previously belonged to Melissa’s father, who started collecting it after she gave him a piece as a gift when she was 11.

Photo: Thomas Loof/Art Department

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