The first time Laslie walked through the three-level townhouse, he saw party potential. “It was still in the framing stages, but I could tell this definitely was an entertaining unit. It had really nice flow,” Laslie says. “None of the rooms in the main living area were separate from each other,” he adds. “There’s a circular pattern on the main level, which is great for parties.” The open arrangement makes for easy traffic flow when entertaining and allows natural light to brighten spaces during the day.
Inspired by the natural light, Laslie coated the ceilings and trims with a high-gloss ivory paint. Walls have an eggshell finish for a slight sheen. “I’m really big on how light hits a space. I like to bounce light off reflective surfaces,” Laslie says.
Morning light floods the east-facing front room, which serves as both a dining room and a gathering area. “The house has no formal foyer, so we needed a space where people could gather when they come upstairs, as well as a place for our girl to drop off keys and mail,” Laslie says.
On the opposite end of the room, Laslie created an intimate dining area for six. “I thought her dining style would be less formal,” Laslie says. “She would tend to have small sit-down dinner parties.” Rather than centering the table in the room, Laslie pushed it toward a wall close to a banquette tucked between two tall antique Chinese chests. Rattan dining chairs painted a glossy white provide more seating around the oval glass-top and acrylic-base table. A clear Venetian-glass chandelier, the see-through table, and the open weave of the chairs give the dining area a light and breezy feel, while nubby-textured fabric on the chair seats keeps it warm and tailored. “I like that the furniture has sort of a fashion edge. The fabric on the chair seats is reminiscent of a Chanel jacket,” Laslie explains.
Banquette: Scott Laslie & Assoc.
Banquette fabric (“Falling Water’’ #2040/03); fabric on accent pillows (“Erato’’ #3257/01 and “Passions’’ #3179/01): Jim Thompson.
Dining-table base (acrylic): Allan Knight & Assoc.
Tabletop (custom); antique Chinese cabinets: Scott Laslie & Assoc.
Dining chairs (#M-282, Laura Kirar Collection): McGuire Furniture.
Dining-chair fabric (#54232, Jamie Drake Collection): F. Schumacher & Co.
Venetian chandelier: Illuminations.
Rug (“Peshawar’’ #40331): Moattar Ltd.
Walls, trim and ceiling paint (“Hush’’ #AF-95): Aura by Benjamin Moore & Co.
Window shades (“Alustra Vignette’’ Modern Roman Shades in “Mali’’ fabric in Allure: #S7-419 with UltraGlide retractable-cord system): Hunter Douglas.
Drapery fabric (“Smythe’’ #3079/04): Jim Thompson.
Napkins; pitcher centerpiece: Pottery Barn.
Chargers, dinner plates, salad plates, striped footed bowl: (Incanto Baroque Collection); flatware (Duetto Collection); water glasses (Imperialstemware, Amber Collection), champagne glasses (Incanto Flower Collection); tumbler (Perle glass), wine glass (Classic Glass Collection): Vietri.
Artwork on main wall: (Clueless Annunciation, by Rimi Yang): Bill Lowe Gallery.
Pottery above Chinese chests: Allan Knight & Assoc.