Melanie Coddington teamed imaginative upholstery with mid-century modern furniture to design a lively blue-and-ivory living room. Tufted wing chairs are anything but stodgy with a treatment that stretched cream-colored velvet on the fronts and a silk damask on the sides and backs. Gently rounded and curvy shapes throughout the space provide enough visual oomph to eliminate the need for a lot of accessories that could create decorative clutter.
Design: Melanie Coddington, Coddington Design, 1434 Kansas St., San Francisco, CA 94107; 415/285-2821, coddingtondesign.com.
Love seat (custom); wing chairs (custom): Coddington Design, 415/285-2821.
Love-seat fabric ("Queen Mary's Trellis"/Champagne #NTR05003): Zoffany, 800/395-8760, zoffany.com.
Wing-chair fabric, back ("Jaipur"/Mid-Blue #09): Malabar, malabar.co.uk. Through McRae & Co., 415/ 626-2726.
Wing-chair fabric, front ("Riverton"/Fawn #K16838, discontinued): Place Vendôme, theplacevendome.com. Through Partridge Assoc., 415/431-1896.
Sheers ("Mirage Sheer Casement"/Butter #9191): Calvin Fabrics, 888/732-1996, calvinfabrics.com.
Drapery (luxury blend silk/Sand): Beacon Hill, 800/333-3777, beaconhilldesign.com. Drapery fabrication: Malatesta & Co., 415/558-8840.
Octagon coffee table (brass); armoire (mid-century French, sycamore, by Jules Leleu); area rug; leather-covered desk (c. 1980s); desk chair: Coddington Design, 415/285-2821.
Desk-chair fabric (Mohair): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com.
Armoire accessories (Italian sun burst mirror, vintage Art Deco box, mid-century horn lamp); desk accessories (astroglobe, horn candleholder, fish dish, cigar cutter, bronze flame sculpture, hourglass); mantel accessories (silver candlesticks): Coddington Design, 415/285-2821.
Paint (#134): Ann Hall Color Design, 415/221-8999.
Floors (hardwood): repair and stain by Tree Lovers Floors, 415/863-6833, treeloversfloors.com.