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Showhouse Rooms in Orange

In citrus, salmon, or toasty like autumn leaves, orange turns heads in these showhouse rooms

Written by Krissa Rossbund
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    Gerald Pomeroy, Junior League of Boston Showhouse

    Newton, Massachusetts

    When designer Gerald Pomeroy listed the pros and cons for the sunporch at the Junior League of Boston Showhouse, the positives—a vaulted ceiling, noteworthy architecture, pretty windows, and beautiful vistas—far outweighed the gloom of the existing dreary veneer. With gusto, Pomeroy dove into his plan to beautify the room at the back of a rambling Victorian.

    Produced by Estelle Bond Guralnick
    Photography: Eric Roth

    See more of this room on the following slides.

    Interior design: Gerald Pomeroy, Gerald Pomeroy Design Group, 21 Milford St., Suite 2, Boston, MA 02118; 617/227-6693,

    Wall paint (“Light Gray” #17, Estate Eggshell finish): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121,
    Carpet (“Harrington” #18149, sisal); area rug (Oushak): Steven King Decorative Carpets, 617/426-3302,
    Draperies (“Bird In Circle”/Orange #5573-03, by Rose Cumming); sofa (“Dupré Sofa” #904); sofa fabric (“Feldspar”/Topaz #1194/05, by Classic Cloth); club chair (“London Club Chair” #2012); club-chair fabric (“Antibes”/Powder Blue #1125/03, by Classic Cloth); wing chair (“Carter Wing Chair” #2029); wing-chair fabric (“Whitby”/Natural #1219/03, by Classic Cloth); pillow on wing chair (“Rainbow Silk”/Green and Flame #5191/05, by Rose Cumming); chandelier (“Duveaux Chandelier” #6005-S); coffee table (“Chinese Low Table”/Black #3002-L): Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777,
    Throw on club chair (ribbed persimmon wool, private label): The Patterson Group, 617/443-4904,
    Side table by club chair (“Bijoux Side Table” #4019); sofa end table (“Osterly Side Table” #4004); table lamp (“Chalee Table Lamp” #TL-304K, Kerry Joyce Collection, by Palmer Hargrave); sculpture on table (Solar Eclipse”/Bronze #AD005-2): Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777,
    Framed watercolor on stand (Young Girl, by André Gisson, 1929-2003); glove box on table (antique); art on window behind sofa (still life by Mathilda Brown): Brookline Village Antiques, 617/542-2853,
    Persimmon pillow on sofa: Neiman Marcus,
    Hurricanes on coffee table (“Grant Cast Iron Hurricanes”): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674,
    Vase on coffee table: designer’s collection.

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    Side Table with Burlwood Spheres

    “I looked up the definition of ‘conservatory’ to discover it means having to do with plants and music,” explains Pomeroy.

    “I decided to change the space from a porch, which might have made it function as just another living room, to a room full of plants and music.”

    Table fabric (“Metallic Bird”/Orange #5571-02, by Rose Cumming); table lamp (“Vardy Table Lamp” #6017): Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777,
    Trim on table (“2-inch Pirouette Border”/Fog #977-37531-43, Repertoire Collection by Lori Weitzner): Samuel & Sons, 212/704-8000,
    Antique burlwood balls on stands: designer’s collection.

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    Elegantly Appointed Conservatory

    The designer established the function of the room with two potted trees and a Steinway baby grand, but he needed furniture groupings to balance the weight of the shapely and substantial piano. An openwork chandelier descends from the stained-oak ceiling and casts light over a furniture arrangement that includes a tuxedo sofa in nubby linen, an ivory-colored wing chair, an armchair warmed by an orange cashmere throw, and a chinoiserie cocktail table. The three walls of windows left little space for artwork, so Pomeroy mounted a traditional still-life oil to the window’s muntins, creating natural back lighting.

    Piano (Baby Grand): M. Steinert & Sons, 617/426-1900,

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    Inviting Corner Chaise

    In one corner, linen ticking covers a walnut chaise. A Fortuny pillow, a silk paisley throw, and a table with a gold-leaf base elevate the luxury quotient. Drapery panels fabricated from a pumpkin-and-beige linen textile echo the vibrant autumn foliage blazing outside the windows.

    Chaise (“Haagen Chaise Lounge” #KJ0906, by Kerry Joyce); chaise fabric (“Kilkenny”/Steel #1032/07, by Classic Cloth); pillow on chaise (“Swanson Damask”/Jade #1190/06, by Classic Cloth): Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777,
    Throw on chaise (wool paisley, private label): The Patterson Group, 617/443-4904,
    Side table by chaise (“Belgrave Tray Table” #3000); floor lamp by chaise (“Kew Floor Lamp” #6015): Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777,

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    Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, D.C. Design House Showhouse

    Washington, D.C.

    Design is usually the result of re-imagining what already exists. So when Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey took on the challenge to transform what was formerly the living room of a 1956 residence, she didn’t need to start from scratch. Instead, she formulated a new equation that rearranged all its parts to create beauty.

    Produced by Eileen A. Deymier
    Photography: Gordon Beall

    See more of this room on the following slides.

    Interior designer: Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, SCW Interiors, 228 S. Washington St., Suite B20, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703/549-2449,

    Wallpaper (#BP6-33, through Farrow & Ball showroom); trim paint (mix of “Tallow” #203, and “Fowler Pink” #39): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121,
    Ceiling wallpaper (“Marble”/Coral): Lewis & Wood, Available through Carleton V Ltd., 212/355-4525,
    Dining table (“Portofina” #5024): Spectrum Collection, 202/544-5444,
    Dining chairs (“English Club Chair”/Danish Pearl #03294-2529): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979,
    Chair fabric (“La Pagode Chine”/Antique #10484-01): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Dinnerware (by Marie Daage); napkins: A Mano, 202/298-7200,
    Flatware (“Berry & Thread”); crystal (“Emerson”): Juliska, 888/414-8448,
    Chandelier (“Monaco 6-Light Chandelier”/Venetian Silver-Leaf #10-00104-3606): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979,
    Area rug (hand-knotted in India): Stark, 212/752-9000,
    Breakfront (“Circle Cabinet”/coral faux finish): SCW Interiors, 703/549-2449,
    Faux finishing: Billet Collins, 301/670-5550,

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    Cozy Corner Banquette

    Her first task was to examine the room’s purpose as a living room. With its close access to the outdoors, Cavin-Winfrey envisioned an alternative—a multipurpose dining room that would not only be suitable for formal dinners but would also accommodate a small afternoon tea or be a welcome spot for reading the paper. Her vision came to fruition with the addition of a corner banquette in salmon-colored velvet piped and bordered in contrasting gray. She dropped the cocktail-table idea and chose something taller. “If you are having tea, you want a table easier to reach,” she says.

    Banquettes (custom); fabric (velvet): SCW Interiors, 703/549-2449,
    Butterfly pillow with self welt (“Emperor Butterfly”/Aqua #F3409/03, by Colefax and Fowler): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Accent table (“Fantome Side Table, 3 legs” #33-2805C-24-26, with Venetian Silver-Leaf finish, #L23): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979,

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    Gorgeous Dining Room and Living Space

    The room’s formal air lent itself to extensive refinishing. Chairs circle a round glass-topped table and show off their new look. Their original mahogany frames are now painted blue, complementing a chinoiserie upholstery fabric. “This material was the first element I picked for the room,” notes Cavin-Winfrey. “It’s your grandmother’s fabric made more relevant for today.” Another punch of vibrancy is introduced on the breakfront, finished in coral by the designer.

    Bench in front of fireplace (“Fantome” #28-02805-5818): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979,
    Pagodas; art over fireplace (Chinese Fantasy After Boucher,  by Ruth Bolduan): SCW Interiors, 703/549-2449,
    Console (“Baltic Console”): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979,
    Drapery (“Darien Stripe”/Blue, Yellow, Green #WF-901-01): Waterhouse Wallhangings, 212/644-5301,
    Drapery hardware (fluted wood pole in Weathered Gold, color 116; rings and rosettes in Antique Brass, color 133): The Finial Co.,
    Wall sconces in banquette area (“Italian Sconce”/Venetian Silver-Leaf #11-01589-2105): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979,
    Art in banquette area, top and bottom (by Henry Bouvet, antique): Susan Calloway Fine Arts, 202/965-4601,
    Art in banquette area, center (by Robert Rea): Robert Rea Paintings,

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    Eye-Catching Painted Ceiling

    The ceiling was painted to resemble Florentine book paper, and a mirrored chandelier adds glamour.

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    Designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey.

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    Kelley Proxmire, D.C. Design House Showhouse

    Washington, D.C.

    Every designer has a “someday” pile. A basket, bin, or tackboard packed with ideas, swatches, and color palettes intended for eventual execution. Case in point—an orange-and-gray chinoiserie toile that lived in Kelley Proxmire’s collection of favorite samples. With a ballroom void of any interesting features on her plate, the designer knew a lively pattern
    in an unexpected color would fill the grand space with personality.

    Produced by Eileen A. Deymier
    Photography: Gordon Beall

    See more of this room on the following slides.

    Interior designer: Kelley Proxmire, Kelley Interior Design, 4519 Wetherill Road, Bethesda, MD 20816; 301/320-2109,

    White sofa: Kelley Interior Design, 301/320-2109,
    Sofa fabric (“Temporary 02” #0328802): Fabricut, 800/999-8200,
    Toile pillows (“Tortuga”/Safran #4707-03, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Geometric pillow (“On the Edge”/Coral Pene #FO 0003, by Grey Watkins): Stark, 212/752-9000,
    Club chairs: vintage.
    Club-chair fabric (“OD Biarritz”/Orange #34634-8): Clarence House,
    Twig side table (“Lakewood Accent Table”); side table, to right of sofa (“Gianni White Ceramic Garden Stool”): Hollis & Knight, 301/571-5050,
    Table lamps behind sofa (vintage ceramic birds turned into lamps): Artisan Lamp Co., 202/244-8900,
    Coffee table (“JC Two Tier Coffee Table”/Sage Bronze #CT14G): Salvations, 301/445-1400,

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    Tangerine Toile Details

    “The room did have arched windows on three sides,” says Proxmire. “Its large proportions reminded me of Versailles and evoked a grandness that I wanted to emphasize.”

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    Spacious Room with Regal Touches

    The toile made its key appearance in the center of the room as a skirt on a large, round table. But then it tapered off, allowing a team of coordinates their own time to shine. In the seating area in a window bay, walls are covered by orange grass cloth. Traditional slipper chairs flanking a tufted sofa stylishly sport circles in orange and white. A loose interpretation of a chevron pattern adds more orange on toss pillows.

    The X-based benches that Proxmire discovered at a discount store got a handsome, high-style face-lift: The inexpensive pieces were painted white, then covered with a playful gray-and-white animal print.

    Wall and trim paint (“All White” #2005); ceiling paint (3/4 “Cornforth White” #228 and 1/4 “All White” #2005): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121,
    Orange wall covering (“Manila Hemp”/Tangerine #5279): Phillip Jeffries, 973/575-5414,
    Area rug (sisal): Stark, 212/752-9000,
    Chandelier (“Piccard Chandelier” #CL11/G): Vaughan, 212/319-7070,
    Toile table fabric (“Tortuga”/Safran #4707-03, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    X benches: Target,
    Bench fabric (“Shadows”/Smoke #ED75013.1, by Threads): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563,
    Bench trim (“1/4-inch Jardin Silk Cord with Tape”/Silver #981-41396-14): Samuel & Sons, 212/704-8000,
    Vase on table (“Block Crystal Vase”); birdcage (antique French metal birdcage, c.1900): Hollis & Knight, 301/571-5050,
    Drapery (“Butterfield”/Clementine #15734-652): Duralee, 800/275-3872,
    Drapery trim (“Lucido” #1-2957-072, cut and hand-sewn into the design by Kelley Proxmire): JAB USA, 212/486-1500,
    Drapery hardware: Lundy’s Ornamental Iron, 800/468-6040,
    Blinds: Blinds For Less, 866/549-5377,

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    Touches of Gray

    The color gray may not offer the same oomph, but it takes no backseat in fashion. A loveseat anchors a second seating group where the sofa’s gray upholstery is balanced by checks that edge soaring drapery panels.

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