Designs for Living

Designs for Living


For Leandra Fremont-Smith, this project began with a handsome shingle-style home whose living and family rooms were in need of a fresh update for a busy mother of four. “The goal was to install a contemporized scheme while using the client’s collection of beautiful antiques and traditional furniture,” says Fremont-Smith. Her challenge: to combine the traditional with the contemporary, in just the right harmonious way.

For the family room, Fremont-Smith and her client fell in love with a whimsical chinoiserie dragon print from Schumacher, which set the tone for the space. The Far East style continued through fretwork details, porcelain Foo dog accessories, silver drum bamboo side tables, and blue and white porcelain prints over the fireplace mantel.

The elegant living room evolved directly from the existing medallion, Federal-style rug—a Stark design that was specifically made for the room in a color combination of black, gold, green, and raspberry. White linen curtains were detailed with a classic tassel fringe along the leading edge, and club chairs were reupholstered in a black fabric and detailed with brass nail heads along the outside. The glass coffee table allows guests to see the festive colors below, while the gilded rectangular base complements the geometric styling in the rug.

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