In most of the rooms in this house, the view is the star of the show. It’s as big a factor in the design as any of the fabrics or furnishings. This property was planned around the scenery, be it ocean, garden, or mountain. Yes, you read that right. The house has stunning views of all three.
Michelle had one very large window, two smaller ones, two doors, an open stairwell and a fireplace to contend with in her floor plan. Starting with a yellow and gray color palette, she layered style, pattern, texture and tone with a deft touch, creating a room that complements the beautiful views, instead of competing with them.
The wall covering, Wisteria from Farrow and Ball, is a leafy homage to the grounds of the house. It appears to be a two toned pattern from a distance, but a closer look reveals that there are actually three colors in the paper. This subtle difference in color adds depth.
Remember when I said that mirrors should be placed to reflect light or something beautiful? This is a perfect example of what I was talking about, as it does both. I really like the way Michelle layered the objects on the mantel. The vintage portrait feels like a family piece and the asymmetrical display keeps things from seeming too precious.
The paper works beautifully with the pattern of the Contessa Chinois fireplace surround tile from Walker Zanger, which introduces a pop of blue and a feeling of heritage into the room. This is a good lesson in how to give a new house some old world character.
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