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House Kissed by Color

Boston designers carry on a romance with color in their Florida home

Written by Krissa Rossbund
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    Forget ambiguous feelings in shades of gray. Designers Lee Bierly and Chris Drake know their hearts--and their hues. And the Boston-based designers are happy to celebrate a romance with color in the Palm Beach, Florida, home they enjoy as a getaway from their daily lives in New England.

    Photography: Robert Brantley 
    Produced by Estelle Bond Guralnick 

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    Area carpet ("Mamba"): Stark Carpet, 212/752-9000, starkcarpet.com.
    Drapery ("Changeant Taffeta"/Nasturtium #34067-11): Clarence House Inc., 800/803-2850, clarencehouse.com.
    Sheers: ADO Fine Fabrics, 800/845-0918, ado-usa.com.
    Drapery hardware: Finelines Drapery Workroom,978/977-7357.
    Sofa ("James," custom): McLaughlin Upholstering Co., 617/389-0761, mclaughlinupholstering.com.
    Sofa fabric ("Bloom"/Ivory #2020); sofa trim ("Armilla"/Giada, discontinued): Dedar, 800/493-2209, dedar-usa.com.
    Sofa fringe ("Bullion Fringe"): Rose Cumming, 785/434-2725, dessinfournir.com.
    Pillow on sofa ("Manhattan"/Olive, discontinued): Dedar, 800/493-2209, dedar-usa.com.
    Pillow trim ("Moss Fringe"): Rose Cumming, 785/434-2725, dessinfournir.com.
    Striped pillow on sofa ("Ravello Silk Stripe"/Beige #5350-03): Rose Cumming, 785/434-2725, dessinfournir.com.
    Trim on striped pillow ("Bell Tassel Trim," by Travers, discontinued): Zimmer + Rohde, 866/627-6899, zimmer-rohde.com.
    Slipper chair; Swan chair: owner's collection.
    Slipper-chair fabric (silk velvet/French Rose): Christopher Norman Collection, 212/644-5301, christophernorman.com.
    Swan-chair fabric ("Silk Velvet"/Willow, discontinued): Rose Cumming, 785/434-2725, dessinfournir.com.
    Venetian tea table; art; accessories; footstool: owner's collection.
    Mirrored coffee table: Campbell Glass, 323/735-1445.
    Painted French chests: Antiques on 5, 617/951-0008.
    Wall, ceiling and trim paint ("White Dove"): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.

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    Area carpet ("Mamba"): Stark Carpet, 212/752-9000, starkcarpet.com.
    Drapery ("Changeant Taffeta"/Nasturtium #34067-11): Clarence House Inc., 800/803-2850, clarencehouse.com.
    Sheers: ADO Fine Fabrics, 800/845-0918, ado-usa.com.
    Drapery hardware: Finelines Drapery Workroom,978/977-7357.
    Love seat ("Bridgewater"): McLaughlin Upholstering Co., 617/389-0761, mclaughlinupholstering.com.
    Love-seat fabric ("Bloom"/Ivory #2020); trim ("Armilla"/Giada, discontinued): Dedar, 800/493-2209, dedar-usa.com.
    Floral pillow on love seat ("Fontainbleau"/Multi on Yellow): Old World Weavers, 212/355-7186.
    Pillow trim ("Pimlico Tassel Trim"/Nectar): Laura Ashley, through Kravet showroom, 617/449-5506.
    Tufted chair by mantel ("Marshall Field"): McLaughlin Upholstering Co., 617/389-0761, mclaughlinupholstering.com.
    Tufted-chair fabric ("Stansbury"/Gold, by Travers, discontinued): Zimmer + Rohde, 866/627-6899, zimmer-rohde.com.
    Wall, ceiling and trim paint ("White Dove"): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
    Lamp beside mantel: Blanche P. Fields, 617/423-0715.
    Table beside mantel: Global Views, globalviews.com.

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    Wall color ("Firefly" #299, high gloss enamel): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
    Stair carpet ("Joshua"/Natural): Stark Carpet, 212/752-9000, starkcarpet.com.
    Garden statuary (antique): owner's collection.

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    Carpet ("Mamba"): Stark Carpet, 212/752-9000, starkcarpet.com.
    Wall covering (custom toile): Old World Weavers, 212/355-7186.
    Drapery ("Colobrine" #83939): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
    Drapery trim ("Place Vendome Fringe"/Natural): Berkeley House Inc., 617/451-6874, berkeleyhouseinc.com.
    Desk ("Louis XVI Desk with Shelf"/Black #9500S): Julia Gray Ltd., 212/223-4454, juliagrayltd.com.
    Desk chair; fabric (muslin): owner's collection.
    Lounge chairs and ottoman ("Nantucket"): McLaughlin Upholstering Co., 617/389-0761.
    Chair fabric, front, and ottoman ("Chelsea Houndstooth"/Leaf Green): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
    Chair fabric, side ("Sutherland Herringbone"/Barley #LCF18204F): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674, ralphlaurenhome.com.
    Bouillotte table between chairs (antique): Webster & Co., 617/261-9660.
    Tole chandelier: Blanche P. Fields, 617/423-0715.
    Chest; art; accessories: owner's collection.

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    Wall covering ("Burlap"/Khaki #LWP17542W): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674, ralphlaurenhome.com.
    Daybed (custom, "Jensen"): McLaughlin Upholstering Co., 617/389-0761, mclaughlinupholstering.com.
    Daybed fabric ("Arbre de Matisse," by China Seas): Quadrille Wallpapers & Fabrics, 212/753-2995, quadrillefabrics.com.
    Chairs ("Billy Baldwin," custom): McLaughlin Upholstering Co., 617/389-0761, mclaughlinupholstering.com.
    Chair fabric ("Madagascar Cloth"/Natural): Hinson & Co., 212/688-5538.
    Wall lights ("Library Swing-Arm Wall Sconce"): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, restorationhardware.com.
    Garden statuary; rug; coffee table: owner's collection.

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    Wall covering ("RF-10/Natural): Kneedler-Fauchere, 310/839-9811.
    Backsplash tile (4x4-inch glass tile/Goldenrod): Tile Showcase, 617/426-6515.
    Refrigerator: Sub-Zero Inc., 800/222-7820, subzero.com.
    Oven; range; microwave: Wolf Appliance Inc., 800/332-9513, wolfappliance.com.
    Bar stools ("Schoolhouse"/Black): Pottery Barn, 800/922-5507, potterybarn.com.
    Pendant fixture ("Clemson Pendant"/Polished Nickel): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, restorationhardware.com.

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    Island countertops: Bianco Statuario white marble.
    Faucets (#200-AGN8AE3-317): Chicago Faucets, 847/803-5000, chicagofaucets.com.
    Sink (Professional Series #PSX 110-30-9): Franke Kitchen Systems Division, 800/626-5771, frankeksd.com.
    Range: Wolf Appliance Inc., 800/332-9513, wolfappliance.com.

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    Wall covering ("RF-10/Natural): Kneedler-Fauchere, 310/839-9811.
    Dining table: Lars Bollander, 561/835-4001.
    Orkney chairs; art; accessories: owner's collection.
    Bookcase ("Cherington Bookcase"/White #Y202): William Yeoward, williamyeoward.com.

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    Wall cover ("Vermeil"/Bronzite #UV-1): Silk Dynasty Inc., 650/903-0078, silkdynasty.com.
    Drapery ("Cambridge Stripe"/Snow #84058-003): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
    Chairs; table skirt; chandelier; art; accessories: owner's collection.
    Chair-seat fabric ("Madagascar Cloth"/Natural): Hinson & Co., 212/688-5538.

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    Wall covering ("RF-10/Natural): Kneedler-Fauchere, 310/839-9811.
    Drapery, top ("Ellis"/Snow); drapery, bottom ("Ellis"/Cornflower, discontinued): Norbar Fabrics, 561/997-0800, norbarfabrics.com.
    Sofa ("Zuckerman"): McLaughlin Upholstering Co., 617/389-0761, mclaughlinupholstering.com.
    Sofa fabric ("Provo"/White, discontinued): Norbar Fabrics, 561/997-0800, norbarfabrics.com.
    Pillow on sofa ("Newburgh Paisley"/Moss and White, #2322-GWF-23, by Groundworks): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563, leejofa.com.
    Pillow on sofa: owner's collection.
    Lounge chairs ("Winston"): McLaughlin Upholstering Co., 617/389-0761, mclaughlinupholstering.com.
    Chair fabric ("Bridgewater Stripe"/Blue #LFY21754F): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674, ralphlaurenhome.com.
    Chair fabric ("Bentley Ticking Stripe"/Linen #89125-052): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
    Art; coffee table; accessories; end table: owner's collection.
    Table lamp: Blanche P. Fields, 617/423-0715.
    Light over bookcase: Wolfers Lighting, 617/254-0700, wolfers.com.

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    Carpet ("Pavilion"/Ivory); carpet border (in Ivory): Stark Carpet, 212/752-9000, starkcarpet.com.
    Wall covering ("Marchmont Stripe"/Beige and White): Hinson & Co., 212/688-5538.
    Drapery ("Armilla"/Giada, discontinued): Dedar, 800/493-2209, dedar-usa.com. Headboard (Dutch Colonial): McLaughlin Upholstering Co., 617/389-0761, mclaughlinupholstering.com.
    Headboard and flounce fabric ("Toile Geisha"/White #81223): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
    Lounge chair and ottoman ("Marshall Field"): McLaughlin Upholstering Co., 617/389-0761, mclaughlinupholstering.com.
    Chair and ottoman fabric ("Toile Geisha"/White): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
    Dog bed; bibliotheque: Wilson Antiques, 561/802-3881.
    Bergère (antique): Icon Group, 617/428-0655.
    Bergère fabric ("Ellis"/Snow): Norbar Fabrics, 561/997-0800, norbarfabrics.com.
    Demilune commodes: Masterpiece Custom Cabinetry, 508/580-0021.
    Art; accessories: owner's collection.
    Table lamps on commodes: Blanche P. Fields, 617/423-0715.

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    Wall covering ("West Indies Toile"/Red on White #69118-166): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
    Drapery, bed upholstery ("Ellis"/Snow): Norbar Fabrics, 561/997-0800, norbarfabrics.com.
    Bed ("VW"); wing chair ("Pratt"): McLaughlin Upholstering Co., 617/389-0761, mclaughlinupholstering.com.
    Chair fabric ("Merlin"/Red #8897-92): Nobilis, 800/464-6670, nobilis.fr.
    Art; accessories: owner's collection.

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