All posts by Melkorka

Melkorka Kjarval is a New York City based web/graphic designer. During the lucky moments she is fixing up a modest Greek revival farmhouse that she shares with her sisters in the Western Catskills. This blog is a visual catalog of projects & goals and inspiration.

Hamptons weekend retreat

First off -I am a fan of the wide white plank walls. They are both textural and calm, while also adding graphic linear dimension to the rooms.


Black ‘Moderne’ style fixtures paired with dark beams and pale pine floors .

Lots of  blue graphic in the rugs and bedding that keep the space current – but the combination of  thin black window frames and fixtures, light pine floors and glossy white paneled walls  are timeless.

Love the gridded alignment of the bottom windows that make the space feel both open and protected.

Soaring ceiling, and cozy seating.

Another glamorous and simple fireplace surround.

Also interesting in the house are the mixs of floors, dark wood in the living area, limed in the dining,brick  tiled in the kitchen and pale pine in the upstairs. I think while I love the contrast of the dark floors with the white walls – I like the simple yellow pine best.

Lonny Mag (sep 2012 issue)
Interior Design Ariiane Goldman
Photography Patrick Cline
Art Direction Michelle Adams

Rustic and calm Hollywood home

I love the sculptural calm of this fireplace where the soot has formed a patina on the brick that contrasts the white plaster and becomes a design element.

These two tablescape shots really pull all the design elements together, soft pink – faded peacock textile, rough wood, elegant black iron, paned glass, textural baskets and organic brass.

Love the dark tall library bookcases.

The kitchen with it’s white counters, and pickled paneled doors  is so simple and warm without being expected.


One of my favorite pairings is of  danish modern chairs with worn farmhouse tables. The red gingham is a burst of color from an  unexpected palette.

This little setup in the hallway is both eccentric and warm, I can’t see using that chair other than for resting items – I love the glazed pot holding the glossy leaved plant which warms up all the other elements.

The Living room features the two distinct seating areas – again pulling in elegant iron, worn peacock/indigo blue fabrics, pale  linen and white plaster and full but spare window treatments.

The master bedroom is both glamorous while also showcasing worn rustic.

The Nursery holds some of my favorite elements of the house – gray palette, worn peacock blue rug – large baskets and natural greenery, soaring rafters and the elegant iron curtain rods with full curtains.

This child’s room with its tall ceilings is still warm and cozy with the layered textures and pale pink shades.

This house of course highlights the decorators new home line Mint – I love her taste in everything (except for the art section – sorry JT!)

Lonny Mag (aug 2012 issue)
Interior Design Estee Stanley
Photography Patrick Cline
Art Direction Michelle Adams

Backyard View

One of the elements I am most fascinated with lately is the back sides of vernacular Greek Revival’s – The fronts have fairly predictable variations on the standard layouts – either the classic Temple, The more restrained  ‘simple’ Midwestern layout – or the ‘Hen and Chicks layout – (where temple front is flanked by smaller wings on either side).

While most farmhouse retain the strictness of their facade (save for a enclosed porch or two) – It is the back view that reveals the age and ‘accumulation’ that happens on old houses.  – The House Pictured below is a New Build which is artfully designed by Architect Kristine Sprague to look original. It features a back (or more correctly side?) facade that was made to look as if it naturally and ‘organically’ created over time . What I find most interesting is that the windows on the top floor do not line up symmetrically with those below – which actually minimizes  and relaxes the symmetrical tension of the back view.


Kristine Prague Architect’s Cliffwood Greek Revival Residence

Temple and Simple form of Greek Revival

“Dates and style labels are used as general guidelines to distinguish various design forms. Care must be used in attaching design labels to specific buildings. Few examples of pure styles exist.

Before 1870, the major design resource for builders were “pattern“ books that illustrated plans and elevations of buildings. Often houses were built with parts from more than one pattern, and favorite details of several styles were combined. In addition, many styles received local variations in response to different climates, availability of building materials, and personal needs. In many cases, designs continued to be built in some areas of the country long after they were considered out of fashion in others.”

Go Wright