Light-Filled Living Room
“The tendency with most stone houses is to do dark, natural wood interiors,” Pursley says, “and while we did want paneling, beams, and wainscoting, we painted them very light to keep the rooms from feeling heavy and frumpy.” With stone walls lined with expansive arched windows and a relaxed modern floor plan that combines living and dining rooms into one light-filled great room, Beth and Jim were on their way to fulfilling their respective wish lists. Beth wanted to be sure the furnishings stayed in keeping with her vision of “a very serene house with a calming feel.” Again, she found just the right partner in Atlanta-based interior designer Phoebe Howard, a virtuoso of the muted palette.
The palette of porridgy cream and whispery blue flows from room to room as easily as people do. “We used pale gray-blue threads through the entire house to pick up on the cooler tones of the stone,” says Howard. It’s a decidedly subdued color scheme, but one that doesn’t seem blanched of life or warmth.
The living room’s soaring ceiling is brought down to a more intimate scale with a chandelier from Ainsworth-Noah. A tufted chair covered in a subtle fabric from Kravet and a club chair in a TylerGraphic print add bits of misty blue to the neutral tones.