In a beautiful new house designed by Judith Larson with stunning architectural details, Whittaker shows that pretty can be sophisticated and modern with a serene refreshing palette of blues and greens. The gray lacquered walls in the living room set a neutral background for the elegant cool tones.
I love the contrast of the glamorous gilt of Currey & Company’s Circe bench against my favorite sisal pattern – this one from Mansour Modern. The green accents in the pillows prepare for the segue to the sunroom through the french doors.
I have always wanted to have a trellissed room a la Elsie de Wolfe. Here it looks updated and fresh against the Pantone Young Wheat walls. This room is such an enviable mix of color and pattern as well as an effective combination of high and low – note the X benches from Ballard covered in Kathryn Ireland’s Casablanca. Oomph’s charming Fenwick coffee table keeps the center of the room interesting yet light.
With a floor plan that openly connects the room, the adjacent pastel spaces are grounded by the chocolate brown dining room, where traditional furniture with a twist (the pedestal table is oval) and fixtures are updated with a creative wall treatment – brown lacquer painted over with a bronze vine.
With texture and pattern, Whittaker can make her blues shine with exotic glamour or play quietly in nature’s imagery. I am wild about this Waterworks Moroccan inspired Aladdin tile backsplash in the bar – it’s timeless yet current! A custom colored version of Cole’s Birch Trees wallpaper makes you feel as if you are in a cool wintery scene.
“Lavender has a whole new point of view when it’s mixed with turquoise and navy. It says ‘girl’ without screaming ‘girly girl.’ ” I’m sure my college age daughter would also adore this boho chic bedroom. The statement making Quadrille Suzzani sets the bold tone for the room against Benjamin Moore‘s Mountain Mist.
The master, on the other hand is all about cool, soothing serenity. Here it’s turned down a notch where contrasts are achieved through subtle textures and tonalities. Phillip Jeffries‘ Star Dust Silk wallcovering has a cocoon like effect with light window treatments that whisper eloquently in Scalamandre‘s elegant Bonard with shades in Carlton V‘s Sophie Sheers. I think we all love a little pretty when it’s tempered and executed with elegance and expertise!!
And you’ll be able to see more in depth information about the project with House Beautiful’s innovative integration of technology – be sure to check out the special features when you get your September issue – enjoy!!