The Spirit of the Homeowner


POZZILR4EWOne of my most important jobs as an interior designer is to express the character and spirit of the homeowners I’m working with. The owners of this home in Long Valley made the assignment easy. Their personality informs every choice in the living room. It is inviting, comfortable, and full of interesting objects and intellectual possibilities.

A country feel pervades the spacious, high ceilinged living room. Wool plaid fabrics, natural wool striped area rug and linen print window treatments add a rustic, earthy charm. We used the frame of the existing cabinets, exchanging the glass doors for raised wood panels with oversized handles, painted in a red barn finish. Inside the cabinets are all the usual home entertainment goodies—TV, stereo, CD and DVD storage. You can see a sample of the homeowners clock collection in the shelving, as well as their ample book collection in the standing bookcases. The square leather tufted ottoman works with the rich red fabrics and colors throughout the room, as does the antique tapestry on the chimney.

In the bookcases you’ll find at least one volume on every United States President. Between the books and the owner’s extensive baseball card collection my husband has found it hard to tear himself away during the few times he’s joined me on my visits to Long Valley. For me the project has been blessed, a reminder of why I do what I do. See more living rooms here.

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