Taken with fall fashion’s sumptuous fabrics, deep colors and distressed jewelry, we created a darkly romantic drawing room that fuses stately traditionalism with a lush, literary insouciance. The look: refined yet effortless—and not at all precious or “done.”
photographs by MARY ROZZI
fashion director LAUREN GOODMAN
styling by KIM FICARO
market editor TORI MELLOTT
text by ariana speyer
an audacious mix Combining rich textures, distinctive shapes and shots of sparkle achieves a patrician ambience that’s just a little louche. As touches of faux fur and glitter lend the nubby cashmere blazer offbeat charisma, linen, leather and crystal imbue an upright sofa and curvy Neoclassical bench with effortless panache. Midnight-blue walls make for a striking backdrop.
masculine–feminine élan A blend of elements that are raffishly debonair and poetically ladylike—a slouchy riff on a classic suit, a sturdy shoe with a drapey dress—impart irresistible allure. In the bar setup, a dignified brass lamp and a wood mirror are handsome counterpoints to delicate garden roses and jewel-tone cut-crystal decanters.
dramatic DETAILS Pairing disparate materials, like a crystal tassel for a necklace and tightly ruched rows of sheer, ruffled fabric, has a spirited, knowing poise. Here, a free-form cabinet of curiosities conjures a life rich with travel and art, with layers of books, ceramics, plants and keepsakes that can be changed up at will. Pale greens and golds unify the array, while a few shimmery baubles lighten the mood.
inventive sophistication A blithe assemblage of fancy and informal pieces has a thoroughly self-assured elegance. Against the classic geometry of an antiqued mirror atop a marble mantel, liberal Victorian-esque ferns and irreverently grouped paintings make for a relaxed, lively composition—not unlike the coupling of dressy metallic tops worn with sporty cropped jackets, skinny pants, oversize jewelry and a dappled silk scarf.