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Katy Beh shatters tradition

click to enlarge Katy Beh’s dining area features a repurposed mirror and chandelier.

Photo by Katherine M. Johnson

Katy Beh’s dining area features a repurposed mirror and chandelier.

Walking into jewelry designer Katy Beh's uptown home is like walking into a beam of light.

The floor-to-ceiling windows let in sunlight that reflects off every surface, from the white sofas to the portraits and sketches that decorate the walls. The decor mirrors the 22-karat, gold and gemstone jewelry Beh handmakes in her in-home studio, and features the same blend of colors, textures and exaggerated proportions.

"It's a constant juxtaposition of balance and asymmetry," she says.

Much of Beh's aesthetic is repurposing old items. She spray paints things white or gold to give them new life, and uses old bed sheets to create pillow covers. Her design mantra is "What can I do with this?," and the answer is functional yet opulent.

Beh owned an eponymous jewelry boutique for nearly 15 years before closing shop to make her own. It's only since her debut jewelry show in 2013 that she considers herself an artist.

Her creativity is evident in her home, which is full of gilded full-length mirrors that once hung in her store. Most remarkable is her dining table — a mirror mounted horizontally atop two mirrored side tables, with a chandelier centerpiece that was taken down in favor of a ceiling fan. She intended to rehang the chandelier, but its position on the mirror/table refracts light from the adjacent window, adding sparkle and eccentric glamor. Beh was inspired by the informal elegance of Parisian salons to create banquette-style dining, incorporating a sectional sofa and clear plastic "ghost" chairs for seating.

"It's not a dining room, and it's not a coffee table — it's that in-between height that is just so much more familiar and relaxing," she says. "I go to that quirky place. My goal is to find that edge where it's almost not right. It's almost out of tune, but it still sounds good."

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