Brown Traditional Living Room
Photograph by Emily Minton Redfield
Palladian-style windows and a statement-making groin-vaulted ceiling was the draw for designer Bill Stubbs to work his magic on the sun parlor, a space that was added to the home in the 1970s. “I saw the room as a gathering space, where people can catch up, watch a movie, or even cuddle up with a good book,” says Stubbs. He played up the architectural elements by painting the white plaster walls brown to pop the vaulted ceiling, and he added a pinstripe on the groins to accentuate the curves. Stubbs selected comfortable, functional furniture and covered the pieces in rich, tactile fabrics with traditional patterns to complement the millwork. “I wanted
the room to have a layered old-world feeling,” says Stubbs, who mixed model boats and airplanes, a convex mirror and African necklaces with generational family photos. “Our imaginary heritage for this room is told through the photographs which trace the history of the family through the years from the ’20s to the present.