THE PROPERTY Dating back to 1870 and part of an enclave of Victorians that make up the village of Rhinebeck’s historic district, the 2,200-square-foot home hadn’t been altered or updated since the 1970s. With Marla’s deft touch and eye for pattern and colour, as well as a little help from her architect husband, Brian Walker, she was able to preserve the historic Victorian’s classic beauty while fully modernising the interior and transforming the vintage home into a comfortable and colourful, family-friendly space. A native Californian, Marla Walker spent her formative years in the South and both places inform and inspire her work. ‘Our mission at Marla Walker Interiors is to create beautiful, functional interiors that reflect each client’s individual interests, aspirations and everyday life,’ she says. ‘We make spaces that are refined, engaging, and practical.’ LIVING ROOM See:Design house: Modern classic home in Washington, designed by Colleen Knowles HALLWAY Marla chose the colourful Josef Frank wallpaper for the halls and stairway to fill the centre of the house and set the colour palette for all the adjoining rooms. ‘This was the very first thing I picked for the house and I built the whole colour story around this paper,’ she says. It’s a wonderful backdrop for their black and white Blossfeldt botanicals and a custom silhouette of Marlas’ sons made out of leaves by a local artist. See:Design house: penthouse apartment in New York with views of Central Park, designed by Mutuus Studio KITCHEN Marla pulled the electric blue for the custom cabinets from the Josef Frank wallpaper, and opted for open shelving to make the galley style kitchen feel more open. The Vermont Danby marble counters were made from a remnant the designer found at a local stone yard. HOME OFFICE The wall colour was inspired by a vintage green file cabinet Marla had always wanted paint a room. ‘The painters thought I was insane until they saw the wallpaper go up,’ she laughs. DINING ROOM BEDROOM Photography/Deborah DeGraffenreid Interior design/ Marla Walker (opens in new tab)