A publicist infuses her Radnor home with mod mid-century flair.
Photos by John Lewis
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Pavey followed through on her love of minimalist décor in the dining room. “I wanted it to be really cozy and intimate,” she says. “I wanted it to feel like you were in a romantic nook at a restaurant.”
First, Pavey warmed things up with a mustard paint on the walls—two of which are lined with 10 small wooden boxes. Tea lights sitting atop the boxes give the space a dramatic look at night. A round, white Saarinen pedestal table passed down by Pavey’s mother is a perfect fit for the square room, and the four matching white Tulip chairs were an eBay find. Repainted and outfitted with new cushions, the chairs are like new. A George Nelson Bubble Lamp over the table rounds out the space.
Pavey’s master bedroom features more mid-century modern influences, including an Eames lounger and ottoman, both in white leather. Pavey curls up in the chair to read or watch the flat-screen television on the facing wall. Above a platform bed with leather headboard are two John Lennon serigraphs—one with the phrase “Why me?” and the other, “Why not?” “I’m a Beatles fan, and I love the sentiments,” she says.
A makeover in the master bathroom includes contemporary Italian tiles around the bathtub and a new vanity with a large, oval vessel sink.
Pavey works from home, so she needed space for an office. Hence the finished lower level, with its French doors that lead outside, bringing in plenty of natural light. “My office is separate enough that I don’t feel like I’m working from home,” she says. “And when I come upstairs, I’m done with the office.”
Pavey went mainstream modern with her office furniture—as in, IKEA. Her desk mimics the shape of the Eames table in the living room, and the neutral work area is accented by pops of red from an Anthropologie oval bread box (that she uses to store press clippings that need filing), a swivel desk chair and a small waste can. Priceless mementos—like the framed plaque with pictures from the night Pavey was pulled on stage by Bruce Springsteen during a 1988 performance of “Dancing in the Dark”—personalize the space. “I’ve been a fan of Bruce forever,” she says. “I saw him at the Main Point in 1973. So I waited a long time for that dance.”
Pavey also set up a lounge area with two sofas and a coffee table. “If I had a meeting in my office, I wanted a place where we could sit and relax,” she says.
As it turns out, Springsteen and the Beatles aren’t the only targets of her adulation. “These mid-century modern furniture designers were the rock stars of that era,” says Pavey. “Decades later, their work is still appreciated and collected. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by their designs.”