A Sitting Room for Romance and Drinks
Sitting Room at a GlanceWhat happens here: Morning coffee, evening drink, reading and relaxing by the fire Location: DallasSize: 180 square feet (16.8 square meters); 15 by 12 feet (4.6 by 3.7 meters) with 14-foot ceilings (4.3 meters)Expert tip: Keep patterns to a minimum to let your unique art and textures make a statement.Scale and proportion played a large role in the designer’s selection and arrangement. Although the space is relatively small, it stood up well to large pieces, especially with the high ceilings. Pearce started the layering underfoot, with a luxe Oushak rug. Overhead, the 14-foot-high ceilings comfortably accommodated a 19th century antique crystal chandelier. “I knew we needed lighting with presence, a sense of opulence and a big scale. It adds a wonderful glow to the room,” Pearce says.In between, the walls took on a special treatment of Venetian plaster. Pearce used Agreeable Gray by Sherwin-Williams as the base color and added white paint. Custom raw silk curtains drape the windows, which look onto the garden. An antique French settee with mohair upholstery offers unobstructed views....
Another important inspiration for the room was a feeling of tranquillity. “You enter this small room from the hall and walk through it to get to the bedroom, with a view of the garden. We designed it to be a peaceful and comfortable place.” It is a TV-free room, layered in sumptuous fabrics including velvet and silk. “There is a lot going on in here, but it’s also peaceful,” Pearce says.It’s not a miniature Versailles, either. “We wanted the effect to be traditional and contemporary at the same time,” Pearce says. The velvet armchair, for example, is a contemporary take on a traditional wingback chair, whose proportions stand up to the 14-foot-high ceilings. The chair’s updated silhouette link it to the abstract artwork while its traditional roots link it to the antiques.
French-style etchings adorn the mirrored cabinets that conceal a refrigerator, sink and shelves for glassware, making it easy to enjoy a drink without leaving the master suite.Above the marble fireplace hangs a contemporary painting. Its glossy surface provides a contrast to the Venetian plaster walls. Sconces in onyx and crystal flank the artwork and add more soft romantic lighting to the room. Another piece of art, a mahogany sculpture, sits on the ebony coffee table.
Pearce also added another large-scale piece (75 by 75 feet): a bold mixed-media artwork that complements other pieces in the room. The graphic black-and-white canvas placed above an ottoman with playful, carved-wood legs keep the space from feeling too serious. Pearce’s final words of advice for creating a luxurious space: “Stay simple and focus on texture.”