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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
  • 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.