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Neutral Palette: Exuberant Holidays

If you want attention, whisper. A Michigan home does just that.

Written by Krissa Rossbund
  • John Bessler
  • John Bessler

    Rug ("Fine Angora Oushak Rug"#43-004-147): Mastour Galleries, 877/627-8687,
    Ottoman ("Tangier Ottoman" #7A-414): Stewart Furniture Designs, 276/744-0185,
    Ottoman fabric ("Lounge Lizard" #JHT49-162, limited stock): John Hutton Textiles, 888/787-7827,
    Sofas ("Annie Sofa"); sofa fabric, pillows and trim ("Casual Linen"/Sand): Verellen Home Collection, 336/889-7379.
    Zebra bench ("Hadley"): Oly, 775/336-2100,
    Silver tray on ottoman ("Bordeau Large Polished Nickel Tray" #2503): Arteriors Home, 877/488-8866,
    Mercury glass accesories: DK Living/Barreveld, 845/265-6080, Chandelier ("Aix-En-Provence Chandelier"): La Forge Francaise, 631/591-0572,
    Mirror over fireplace ("Cast Iron Window Mirror"): Bobo Intriguing Objects, 404/355-2309,
    Drapery ("Martinique"/Dark Beige #3322-03): Gretchen Bellinger Inc., 518/445-2400, 
    Fireplace: custom.
    Wall covering: Venetian plaster. Trim paint ("Super White"): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,
    Windows: Thomas Sebold & Assoc., 248/642-7711,

  • John Bessler

    Chest of drawers: Whitehall Antiques, 919/942-3179, Mirror (discontinued): Swaim, 336/885-6131,
    Triangle lanterns ("Triangular Chandelier" #CH-I/510): Festoni, 713/830-1077,
    Painting (by Catharine Warren); console table under painting: owner's collection.
    Lamps on console ("Antique Wallpaper Lamps"): Julian Chichester, 336/886-2454,
    Lampshades: Lux Lampshades, 704/376-6213,

  • John Bessler
  • John Bessler

    Light over front door (#4192-2): Fourteenth Colony Lighting, 800/297-9719,
    Front door: custom.

  • John Granen

    Drapery (custom, silk): Jones Keena and Co., 248/644-7515,
    Dining table ("Palafoxiana Rectangular Dining Table" #528-865-02): Alfonso Marina, 888/489-3839,
    Host chairs ("Flare Back Dining Arm Chair"/Weathered Cream #7651-10, by Mariette Himes Gomez); side chairs ("Flare Back Dining Side Chair"/Weathered Cream #7652-10, by Mariette Himes Gomez): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579,
    Chair fabric (#5032-1): Swaim Inc., 336/885-6131,
    Chandeliers ("10-light Galleria Chandelier"/Renaissance Silver): Eicher Collection by Woodland Furniture, 310/657-4630,
    Fireplace tile (custom): Pewabic Pottery, 313/626-2000,
    China ("Old Avesbury" by Royal Crown Derby); stemware: owner's collection.
    Sconces ("Aura Sconce," by James Lockridge): through Allan Knight & Assoc., 214/741-2227,
    Rug (custom patchwork rug): Asia Minor Carpets, 212/447-9066,
    Mirror over fireplace ("Starburst"): Cody Foster & Co., 402/376-3369,
    Wall covering: Venetian plaster.
    Trim paint ("Super White"): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,
    Ceiling wallpaper ("Erte Silver Tea Paper" #BR-69264-904): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880,
    Placemats: owner's collection.
    Candlesticks ("Frida Taper Candle Holders"): Roost, 415/339-9500,
    Napkins; flatware: owner's collection.

  • John Bessler

    Chairs (“Damien Occasional Chair”); chair fabric (“Suede”/Champagne): Verellen Home Collection, 336/889-7379.
    Pillows (carpet pillows): Chelsea Textiles Ltd., 212/319-5804,
    Ottoman (“Damien Ottoman,” with nailhead): Verellen Home Collection, 336/889-7379.
    Ottoman fabric (#CHSDAG2/Olive Green Hide): Saddleman’s of Santa Fe, 505/424-7909,
    Drapery (“Prestwick Wool Satin”/Espresso #51530, with band in “Prestwick Wool Satin”/Paprika #51538): Schumacher, 800/523-1200,
    Leaded doors: Merry Go Round Stained Glass Inc., 248/652-7560,
    Small table next to chair (“Tribeca Tiered Side Table”/Faux Shagreen): Julian Chichester, 336/886-2454,
    Rug (Heriz #33876): Asia Minor Carpets, 212/447-9066.
    Mantel: custom.
    Fireplace tiles: Pewabic Pottery: 313/626-2000,

  • John Bessler

    Sofa ("Thibaut"): Verellen Home Collection, 336/889-7379.
    Sofa fabric ("Legacy"/Cashmere #5055-07): Pollack, 212/627-7766,
    Sofa pillows ("Somba"/Slate #34194-4): Clarence House, 800/803-2850,
    Upholstered chairs ("Hayward Club Chair" #2003-51, discontinued): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579,
    Chair fabric ("Legacy"/Cashmere #5055-07): Pollack, 212/627-7766,
    Chair pillows ("Consolation," discontinued): Jim Thompson, 800/262-0336,
    Coffee table (custom): Jones Keena & Co., 248/644-7515.
    Chandelier ("Cabot Lodge Chandelier" #68011): Chelsea House, 252/446-3266, 
    Wallpaper ("Holland Texture on Vinyl"/Greige #69379-908, discontinued): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880.
    Rug (antique): Asia Minor Carpets, 212/447-9066.

  • John Bessler

    Bed; bedside chest: owner's collection.
    Quilted bed cover and pillow shams; duvet: Ann Gish, 212/969-9200.
    Rug ("Fine Angora Oushak Rug #10267-33): Mastour Galleries, 877/627-8687.
    Drapery (#1228-5965): Opuzen, 323/549-3489,
    Wall covering (Venetian plaster, "Armonia"): custom.
    Trim paint ("Super White" ): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
    Mantel (custom): Thomas Sebold & Assoc., 248/642-7711,
    Sconces above mantel ("Brantome Wall Light" #WLA55/N): Vaughan Designs, 212/319-7070,
    Fireplace surround: onyx.
    Chandelier ("Treetop Chandelier" #9327): Currey & Co., 877/768-6428,

  • John Bessler

    Pair of chairs ("Thompson Side Chair" #2005-21, by Thomas O'Brien); fabric (#3087-64): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579,
    Metallic pillow on chair: Jones-Keena & Co. Shop, 248/644-7515.
    Table between chairs ("Log Stool"/silver finish #PH55914): Phillips Collection, 877/744-5547.
    Drapery (#1228-5965): Opuzen, 323/549-3489,
    Wall covering (Venetian plaster, "Armonia"): custom.
    Trim paint ("Super White" ): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

  • John Bessler

    Chandeliers ("Bling Chandelier"/Polished Nickel #S1000): Robert Abbey Inc., 828/322-3480,
    Wallpaper ("Silver Screen"/Platinum #W3004-11, discontinued): Kravet, 888/457-2838,
    Tub: Andean Stone, 305/460-3320,
    Tub fixtures; vanity faucet ("Waldorf Widespread"): Sigma, 760/598-5895,
    Sconces ("Dean Single Arm Sconce" #AH2000, by Alexa Hampton): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323,
    Tile in tub area; flooring: custom.
    Shades ("Bouillion"/Oyster #7725): Pindler & Pindler, 805/531-9090,
    Trim ("Whitfield Braid"/Oyster #63161): Schumacher, 800/523-1200,

  • John Bessler

    Cabinetry: Braam's Custom Cabinets, 877/663-2537,
    Wallpaper ("Silver Screen"/Platinum #W3004-11, discontinued): Kravet, 888/457-2838,
    Bench fabric ("Argentum Weave"/Silver #LFY 60074F): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674,

  • John Bessler
  • John Bessler
  • John Bessler
  • John Bessler