Tailored Foyer Decor
“I’m a tailored person,” Barbara says, “and the house is, too. Every detail has been carefully considered. There’s nothing frilly or fussy.” As much as Drysdale has a soft spot for history and preservation, she’s taken great pleasure in ushering out the furnishings, little by little, that the Sullivans had held onto from the previous owners. “They had saved lots of lovely decorative pieces,” she explains, “but those pieces didn’t feel like they belonged here anymore. The house has grown up. It has a simplicity and a directness to it. It almost doesn’t need anything else.”
There is one exception: the various animal prints that appear on a throw pillow and on the cushions of six antique chairs in the entry foyer. “I’m never giving those up,” says Barbara with a laugh. “I love them. They make people take a second look, and at the end of the day, that’s what I hope people take away with them when they visit us: that they’ve been to a warm, inviting home that offers up a little bit of a surprise in each and every room.”
Animal prints from Kravet (on Regency-style chairs) appeal to homeowner Barbara Sullivan’s sense of fun.