Julia's collection of tall candlesticks, many of which she repurposed from other objects such as planters and even a Chinese fireworks launcher, loom over the mid-century mirrored Italian coffee table as organically as a forest to create a one-of-a-kind focal point in the living room's conversation area. At the left, a metal gate with a distinctly Moorish feel leads to the dining room. To the right, the living room opens onto the paneled library. The living room sofa and armchairs are circa-1850 Swedish. "My taste leans to European country with a touch of funk," Julia explains.
Paint ("Picket Fence White'' #WW57): Ralph Lauren Paint, 888/475-7674, rlhome.polo.com
Sofa and chairs (antique, Swedish Gustavian); ottoman (vintage):
Buckingham Interiors + Design, 312/933-8359.
Fabric for Swedish sofa and chairs ("Julien Linen''/Cream; discontinued); ottoman fabric ("Carnegie Herringbone''/Cream #LFY19430F): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674, rlhome.polo.com.
Camelback sofa (redesigned by Julia Edelmann); wooden floor lamp (Dutch): Buckingham Interiors + Design, 312/933-8359.
Sofa fabric ("Kudat''/Truffle): S. Harris & Co., 800/999-5600, sharris.com.
Pillow (with circles) on camelback sofa: Room & Board, 800/486-6554.
Coffee table; candlesticks; armoire; wall sconce; iron gates: owner's collection.
Rug: Rouzati Oriental Rugs Inc., 847/328-0000.
Mirror: Scott Estepp Antiques, 513/237-6927.