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Kevin Sharkey's Bedroom
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Martha's Skylands Guesthouse Bedroom
In a rosy bedroom of her Maine cottage, Martha had a lampshade made to match the Italian alabaster reading lamp; the ruffled edge echoes the fluted top of the ivory lamp base. The sconce is one in a set of Italian lyre-backed pieces that belonged to Martha's grandmother.
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While style usually succumbs to overall function in a busy kitchen space, there is no reason that style can't share a plate with storage. This white- and steel-accented kitchen in an American colonial has mahogany counters, a table on casters, and chairs designed by Arne Jacobsen.
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The dark green baroque Swedish desk in a guest bedroom has idiosyncratic hardware and slightly crude joinery and carving. It offsets a similarly hued rococo side cabinet and acts as an anchor piece within the wash of sea green walls. The green-and-gold lamp is Danish.
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Pink Room in a Colonial Home
In a pink room, gray wainscoting and bare floors soften the vivid walls, which are adorned with an asymmetrical array of paintings, sea fans, and a framed collection of starfish. The Gustavian settee is upholstered in gray linen to match a mid-19th-century stool, and the side chair is baroque. A mid-20th-century Danish lamp stands on a rococo side table with Victorian decanters.
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Cool and Collected Office
Among the easiest colors to add to a room, grayish blue-greens are layered here to create a calming effect. The warm gray wall color was also used on the sides and interiors of the open-back bookcases, giving them the feel of built-ins. A minty green on the case's front adds definition. The same paint was used on baskets stowed in the lower cubbies. Rounding out the palette, the desk is painted a misty grayish blue-green.
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Soft and Striking Living Room
Looking at this room of subdued peaches and tans, the color contrasts may not be obvious. However, the accent pieces -- end tables painted Lancaster Blue and a tray coated in Babouche yellow -- are complementary colors that bring modern pop to the formal setting. And the exterior of the lampshades are painted peach to project the flattering color.
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Rebecca Robertson's Living Room
A graphic damask fabric was used for the floor-to-ceiling curtains in the living area of this Manhattan Loft. A tan couch and wood-based floor lamps highlight the exposed ceiling eaves. The rug is by British designer Neisha Crosland and the deep blue upholstered slipper chairs are antiques.
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Green Living Room
White accents balance any heaviness associated with dark brown. In this sun-filled den, brown and white are combined with pale green. The dark window blind is reminiscent of big mahogany shutters used in colonial houses in the tropics. Polka-dot tapes make the blind more playful.