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Sophisticated Redesign

Cringeworthy '70s-era decor didn't stop a couple from transforming this house with flair.

Written by Jenny Bradley
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    Sofa ("Evanston" #SH306); sofa fabric ("Caprissa Moire"/Greige #93273): Schumacher, 800/523-1200,
    Fabric on green sofa pillow: Beacon Hill, 800/333-3777,
    Fabric on silver sofa pillow (discontinued): Libas Silk, 800/635-4227,
    Animal-print pillow: vintage.
    Screen behind sofa (antique embossed leather screen, purchased at auction); gold side table (antique, esate-sale find); coffee table (estate-sale find): owner's collection.
    Candlesticks on coffee table (antique): Scott Antique Market,

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    Roger’s “jarring juxtapositions”—unfinished cypress flooring installed on the wall around the fireplace and woven shades paired with elegant wool curtains—balance the living room’s traditional aspects with casual flair. Blue wool curtain fabric is from F. Schumacher & Co. Shades are from Hunter Douglas.

    Wool drapery (“Prestwick Wool Satin”/Aqua #51552): Schumacher, 800/523-1200,
    Silk drapery (“Derby” color 160): Taffard Fabrics, 212/213-4670,
    Trim (“Lavish Border”/Mineral): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777,
    Window shades (“Provenance Woven Wood”/Rustica): Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, 800/274-2985, 
    Reclining chairs: antique.
    Chair fabric (#NUR04002, discontinued): Zoffany, 800/894-6185,
    End table to left of reclining chair: antique.
    Mantel: original to house.
    Art over mantel: owner’s collection.
    Andirons (antique): Morning Glory Antiques,
    Wood on mantel wall: clear Cypress.
    Area rug: NAR Persian Rugs, 404/351-0093.
    Oval-backed chairs by window; pillows on oval-backed chairs; lamp on chest: antique.
    Chair fabric: Phillip Jeffries Ltd., 800/576-5455,
    Art over chest (by Ally Hughes): ShopSCAD, 912/525-5180,

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    Walls in the den were upholstered to camouflage dated pine paneling.

    Drapery (#31291.194 in Toffee, discontinued): Duralee Fabrics, 800/275-3872,
    Drapery hardware (Bedpost Collection): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777,
    Ottoman/coffee table: The Charles Stewart Co., 828/322-9464,
    Ottoman fabric (“Shaldar”/Brown #WI 0001 2000): Old World Weavers, 212/355-7186.
    Leather chair by mantel (“Townsend Wing Chair” #1271-55): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579,
    Stool in front of chair: antique.
    Stool fabric (“Amboise”/Russet): Latimer B. Alexander Inc., 336/889-2531.
    Side table beside chair: Preservation Station Architectural Antiques, 615/292-3595,
    Upholstered love seat: Lee Industries, 800/892-7150,
    Bookcases: original to house.
    Area rug: Myers Carpet, 866/450-5551,

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    Roger bought the etchings of Florence, Italy, at a yard sale. “I love etchings and drawings without color,” says Roger. “They can move easily from room to room.”

    Prints (etchings of Florence, Italy): antique.
    Area rug: Persian Point Rugs, 770/458-9006.

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    Roger based his decorative wall treatment (he drew it himself) in the hall on a de Gournay wallpaper he used for a client’s project. “I was snowed in and had nothing else to do,” he laughs. “So I just started drawing.”

    Walls (hand painted by Roger Higgins): R. Higgins Interiors, 615/297-9632,
    Hanging lantern: original to house.
    Mirror (#367032): Larson Juhl, 800/438-5031,
    Bracket/table under mirror: antique fragments with limestone top.
    Area rug: cowhide.

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    Bronze-lacquered walls set off chartreuse taffeta curtains in the dining room. “I love the contrast between the taffeta, the lacquered walls, and the sisal rug,” says Roger.

    Table (mahogany with birdcage base, 72 inches): English Classics, 404/351-2252,
    Chairs: antique.
    Chair-seat fabric: Highland Court Fabrics, 800/387-2533,
    Pillows on chairs: vintage.
    Chandelier (antique): Scott Antique Market,
    Area rug (Abaca): owner’s collection.
    Drapery (“Silk Taffeta”/Pale Gold): Lady Ann Fabrics, 800/282-0961,
    Wall and trim paint (“Enduring Bronze” #SW7055): Sherwin-Williams, 800/474-3794,
    Ceiling paint (“Limpet Shell” #7064-1): Porter Paints, 800/332-6270,
    Pedestal holding sculpture (custom): Tim Nance, Nance Furniture, 615/244-9663.
    Sculpture: owner’s collection.
    Mirror behind sculpture: Elon & Knight Iron, 615/745-5176.
    Glassware on table: World Market, 877/967-5362,
    Plates: McCartys Pottery, 662/748-2293,
    Flatware (“Romance of the Sea”): Wallace Sterling, 800/264-0758,

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    Cabinets in the kitchen are a color not easily defined. “They’re sort of a yellow-green-gray-putty color,” laughs Roger. “Those colors you can’t describe in one word are the best colors. Everyone sees them the way they want to.”

    Cabinetry: custom.
    Cabinetry hardware: 1-1/2 inch porcelain knob.
    Backsplash tile; countertops: white Venetino marble.
    Wall paint (“Limpet Shell” #7064-1); cabinet paint (“Newport Beige” #6897-1): Porter Paints, 800/332-6270,
    Cooktop (Kenmore Elite); oven hood (Kenmore Elite): Kenmore, 888/536-6673,
    Oven drawers: custom.
    Main sink (“Hawthorne Apron-Front Undercounter Kitchen Sink” #K6534-4U): Kohler, 800/456-4537,
    Light over main sink: Pottery Barn, 800/922-5507,
    Area rug: Persian Point Rugs, 770/458-9006.

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    For a “continuation of color,” Roger chose taffeta curtains that are the same shade of blue as the ceiling. Curtain fabric is from Robert Allen with Samuel & Sons trim.

    Drapery (“Kerala”/Arctic): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777,
    Trim (“2-inch Chambord Braid” #977-17536): Samuel & Sons, 212/704-8000,
    Bed (custom, antique kneeling bench with upholstered bed frame); coverlet (Belle Epoque): owner’s collection.
    Bed linens: Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836,
    Euro sham (“Judith”/Sage #WF155-001, by Winhall Collection, discontinued): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361,
    Green blanket: Pottery Barn, 800/922-5507,
    Chest: antique.
    Bedside table (“Bureau” #GUS040): Chelsea Textiles Ltd., 212/319-5804,
    Table lamp: Lumen Lamps, 877/315-2677,
    Chandelier; chair beside bed: antique.
    Chair fabric: canvas.
    Area rug (“Crochet”/Sail): Woolshire Carpets, 800/799-6657,
    Wall paint (“Newport Tint” #6891-1); ceiling paint (“Limpet Shell” #7064-1); trim paint (“Soft Antique White” #6914-1): Porter Paints, 800/332-6270,

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    Walls in the study off the master bedroom are the same pale blue as the ceiling. Trim was painted a darker shade of blue for contrast. The desk and sofa are from Hickory Chair.

    Desk (“Jasper Writing Table” #7793-10): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579,
    Drapery (#31807.160 in Mushroom): Duralee Fabrics, 800/275-3872,
    Sectional sofa (“Brooks Sofa” #2802 series); sofa fabric (#HC 2550-12); brown pillows on sofa (#HC 2636-84): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579,
    Throw pillows; portrait; art; desk chair (antique): owner’s collection.
    Area rug: Woolshire Carpets (“Crochet”/ Sail): Woolshire Carpets, 800/799-6657,

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    “I like to use punctuations of white,” notes Roger. “White mats on the artwork, white architectural details, white accessories, white dining room chairs—it’s important to use enough so that it looks intentional.”

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    The Williamsburg-style brick house was built in 1970. A wooded lot and creative landscaping add privacy from the busy street.

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    Ann Shipp and Roger Higgins.

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