To bring balance to the wood ceiling in the living room and dining area, Lynn had the walls painted a pale, washed, gray–green that allows the darker colors in the room pop. She used neutral furniture and natural textures, plenty of lamps, and lots of reflective surfaces, like the antique mirror-topped coffee table. Then she brought in a few dark accents to bring the color of the ceiling down into the room.
Although the couple enjoys their proximity to downtown Clayton, Missouri, they like to entertain at home. A unique secretary with a hand-painted Chippendale pattern has been converted into a bar. “When we entertain,” Lynn explains, “we drop the front panel to use it as a serving station.”
Lynn updates their home by periodically changing out art, lamps, pillows, and even the occasional chair. She explains the arrangement of the furniture stays the same since the shapes of the rooms dictate the configuration.
One thing the couple was apprehensive about when they bought their lovely cottage was that they were used to living in a wooded area. “There was no reason to worry,” Lynn says. “The architectural charm was an absolute trade-off, visually.”