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Bigger doesn’t always mean brighter. “When I first walked into this room, I was like, ‘Wow, this is really pretty,’ followed by, ‘Oh, we’re going to need to fix that,’” designer Zoë Feldman recalls. She loved the pitched ceilings and light streaming into the room in our 2022 Whole Home in Atlanta, but the dark beams, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, and dated Gothic fixtures were all making the space feel dark. Feldman’s goal was to make the whole room into a combination “living room, garden room, and sunroom.”
The first step was replacing energy inefficient windows with a stunning arch window from Pella and glass steel doors. Rather than leaving them black, Feldman painted them a subtle green-blue and gave the walls and beams a few coats of creamy white. Overhead, the ceiling is tented with a variegated black-and-white-striped wallpaper, and the fireplace is now modernized with a fresh layer of plaster. The new corrugated stone mantel is a focal point. Says Feldman: “It feels like a jewel box even though it’s a large space.”
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This oversize, lengthy room has six openings to adjoining spaces, so Feldman floated most of the furniture in the middle for natural conversation and easy flow if you’re just passing through. To keep the room slightly informal, she chose a slipcovered Lee Industries sofa and a daybed from Serena & Lily that got a custom upgrade with Sanderson fabric.
A little nook was primed for a built-in settee. Feldman designed the seat in a William Morris floral velvet with a custom Fabricut trim and flanked it with Circa Lighting sconces and a painted Moroccan table. “I love this little moment. It kind of makes no sense but looks good together,” she says.
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Warm, antique and antique-inspired accents give the bright space a familiar sensibility, while pieces like the built-in bench and daybed make it versatile for a range of purposes.
Window: Pella. Rug: Fibreworks. Paint: Lime White (walls), Green Blue (windows), Farrow & Ball. Wallpaper: custom, Farrow & Ball. Lighting: Circa Lighting. Daybed and stone side table: Serena & Lily, in Sanderson fabric. Mantel: François & Co. Bench and sofa: Lee Industries. Settee fabric: William Morris with a custom Fabricut trim. Drapery fabric: Fabricut. Pillow fabrics: Fabricut and Serena & Lily. Coffee table: 1stDibs. All other antique furnishings: on loan from Robuck. Art: Alex Katz, via Maune Contemporary. Accessories and books: Zoe Feldman Design.
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