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House with Vibrant Color and Light

A once-dark maze of rooms becomes bright, thanks to a remodel and colors that banish the blahs. 

Written by Amy Elbert
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    Sources, including previous slide.

    Sofa (custom); red upholstered chairs (custom); ottoman (custom); stools under console (custom): Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design & Decoration, 310/570-0084.
    Sofa fabric ("Versailles Velvet"/Brown): Kravet, 888/457-2838,
    Sofa pillows: Judy Ross Textiles, 212/842-1705,
    Chair fabric ("Gweneth Linen"/Coral #79777): Schumacher, 800/523-1200,
    White trim on chairs, pleat ("Shalimar"/Kotah #800001-10): Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.
    Pillow in red chair ("Harriett"/Lima #321B76, oyster linen): Raoul Textiles, 805/899-4947,
    Ottoman fabric ("Montuno" #TRF5613/04): Osborne & Little, 877/322-7420,
    Oval-backed chair: owner's collection.
    Fabric on chair-seat, front ("Roma Leather"/White): Frank's Leather & Hides, 415/551-1405.
    Fabric on chair back and on stool under console ("Java-Java"/New Shrimp by China Seas): Quadrille Wallpapers & Fabrics, 212/753-2995,
    Drapery and valance ("Como Silk"/Coral): The Silk Trading Co., 323/954-9280,
    Wall paint ("Bleeker Beige" #HC-80): Benjamin Moore & Co, 888/236-6667,
    End table; table lamp (vintage); accessories: owner's collection.
    Coffee table ("Rope Twist Coffee Table" #8550); coral on coffee table: Baker, 800/592-2537,
    Area rug ("Papyrus"/Fawn): Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000,
    Console table at window (custom): Eric Brand Furniture, 650/259-0207,
    Finish on console ("North Creek Brown" #1001): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
    Lamps on console ("Ceramic Knife Box Lamps" #G61): Stephen Gerould, 503/221-7253,
    Crystal cluster: vintage.
    Bookends on console: Baker, 800/592-2537.
    Boxes on console: Anthem, 415/440-6500.

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    Table (custom, "Cavallo Dining Table" #11-0006): David Iatesta, 410/604-0360,
    Chairs and fabric: owner's collection.
    Dishes ("Hampton Court"): William Yeoward Crystal, 800/818-8484,
    Blue urn: DeSousa Hughes, 415/626-6883,
    Chandelier ("Light Drizzle"): Ochre, 212/414-4332,
    Area rug ("Sisal Natura"/Platimum): Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000,
    Mirrored server (custom): Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design & Decoration, 310/570-0084.
    Drapery (silk #8815-14): Kravet, 888/457-2838,
    Art: vintage.
    Wall paint ("Woodmont Cream" #204): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
    Trim paint ("Country Stove White" #WH02B): Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656,

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    Chandelier ("Light Drizzle"): Ochre, 212/414-4332,

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     Cabinetry (custom): Cardea Building Co., 415/407-6425,

    Cabinetry finish ("Country Stove White" #WH02B): Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656,
    Cabinetry hardware: Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836,
    Countertops: Calcutta marble, honed.
    Lights over island ("Waterfall Small Pendant"/Nickel #R80.0102): Chameleon Fine Lighting, 212/355-6300,
    Backsplash tile ("Seville" by Michael S Smith): Ann Sacks, 800/278-8453,
    Refrigerator: Sub-Zero Inc., 800/222-7820,
    Faucet: Elkay, 630/574-8484,
    Paint ("Healing Aloe" #1562): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,
    Counter stools ("Series 7 Counter Stool"/Lime): Design Within Reach, 866/377-0825,

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    Table ("Heritage Pedestal Table" #516): McGuire, 415/241-1228,
    Banquette (custom): Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design & Decoration, 310/570-0084.
    Banquette cushion ("Foxton"/Ocean #J475F-02, by Jane Churchill): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Blue pillow; white-and-orange pillow: Krimsa Fine Rugs & Decor, 415/441-4321,
    Orange pillow with ovals (no longer available): Z Gallerie, 800/785-8961,
    Chairs ("Verve Side Chairs"): Conde House, 415/864-8666,
    Chair-seat leather ("Cervino"/Orangina #28-6): Cortina Leathers, 800/338-6229,
    Shades ("Ravenna"/Indigo): Christopher Farr Cloth, Available through DeSousa Hughes, 415/626-6883.
    Hanging light over table ("Sorensen Lantern"): Remains Lighting, 212/675-8051,
    Art behind banquette (by Marshall Crossman): Dolby Chadwick Gallery, 415/956-3560.
    Wall paint ("Woodmont Cream" #204): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
    Ceiling and trim paint ("Country Stove White" #WH02B): Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656,

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    Bed (custom); bedside table (custom); benches at end of bed: Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design & Decoration, 310/570-0084.
    Headboard fabric ("Hunt Leather"/Stingray): Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900,
    Blue bed-skirt fabric (silk #8486-115): Kravet, 888/457-2838,
    Blue pillow on bed ("Spice Market"/Blue-Gray Salt): Donghia, 914/662-2377,
    Orange pillow ("Zenzero"/Saffron): Dedar, 800/493-2209,
    Bedding (no longer available): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836,
    Table lamp "Archytas") Gregorius/Pineo, 310/204-0400. Available through Kneedler Fauchere, 310/855-1313.
    Bench fabric ("Sophia Jacquard"/Sky): Donghia, 914/662-2377,
    Drapery ("Schooner"/Aft #930013-02): Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.
    Shades: owner's collection.
    Carpet ("Ashton"): Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000,
    Walls: Kravet, 888/457-2838,
    Ceiling and trim paint ("Ivory Tusk" #2153-70): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

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    Wallpaper ("Summer Palace"/W5734/03): Osborne & Little, 877/322-7420,
    Bed (custom): Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design & Decoration, 310/570-0084.
    Headboard fabric ("Glazed Nice"/Alabaster): Clarence House, 800/803-2850,
    Bedding with blue trim ("Scallop"/Blue, Traditional Collection): Matouk,
    Bedside table ("Preston Side Table"): Jonathan Adler, 800/657-7752,
    Table lamp ("Lotus"): Visual Comfort & Co., 713/686-5999. Available through Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323,
    Pillow (vintage Fortuny fabric): Wynne Alex, 415/922-1600.

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    Armoire (custom): Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design & Decoration, 310/570-0084.
    Armoire finish ("Linen White"): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
    Shades (Chain Link"/Alabaster #9524-111): Kravet, 888/457-2838,

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    Wallpaper ("Edo"/Brown on Almost White, by China Seas): Quadrille Walpapers & Fabrics, 212/753-2995,
    Vanity cabinet (custom): Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design & Decoration, 310/570-0084.
    Faucet (Infinity Series): Graff, 800/954-4723,
    Mirror: vintage.
    Tile: Dal-Tile Corp., 214/398-14211,

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  • The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]

    This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.