The master bedroom’s minimalist palette includes an 1810 black-painted chaise and an 1840 gilt slipper chair in gray-and-white striped silk. Charles traces his love for low-key color schemes to his early teens. “By the time I was 14, Givenchy was already my idol—I was totally inspired by the simplicity of his clothing designs, so much so that in my early 20s, I moved to Paris to study fashion design,” he relates. “To me, Parisian couture—so simple and subdued—is the epitome of perfection, and when it’s translated into interior design, the results are every bit as exquisite.”
Bed (designed by Charles Spada): Charles Spada Interiors, 617/204-9270.
Headboard fabric (gray linen): Henry Calvin Fabrics, 888/732-1996, trade only.
Chaise; ottoman; line drawings: Antiques on 5, 617/951-0008.
Chaise fabric: silk.
Three-stacks sculpture (Untitled, by Josephine Burr, 2004): Lacoste Gallery, 978/369-0278.
Paint (“Stonington Gray’’ #HC-170): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.