Blue Modern Art Studio
Photograph by Emily Minton Redfield
In the 1920s, art was habitually infused into leisurely living, whether it took the form of playing an instrument for guests in a drawing room, reading novels aloud in a library, or painting a pastoral from a balcony. Designer Lynne T. Jones capitalized on that notion in her colorful space. “I provided comfy seating and a table on which to do sketches, as well as indoor and outdoor easels with stools to paint,” says Jones. A vibrant rug, reminiscent of what you might see on an artist’s floor canvas, defined the color palette—deep teal on the walls and vibrant green on the ceiling. Spatial constrictions—French doors, windows, built-in shelving and doorways—dictated that furniture float in the middle of the room. A grouping of an 1820s William and Mary settee, a re-covered wing chair and a glass-and-metal cocktail table provide classic comfort without encumbering the space, while modern art infuses the studio with a contemporary touch.