The living room of interior designer Phoebe Howard’s Atlanta apartment. Walls are painted Farrow & Ball’s Clunch, a soft warm white.
She turned an antique French tapestry into one long rectangular pillow because she prefers the large shape to that of many small throw pillows. The room’s showpiece is a George III gilded mirror with a broken pediment. Curtains in Schumacher cotton sateen are tucked directly under the cornice. An English mahogany breakfast table serves as an oversize side table.
Her husband, architect James Howard, installed classical revival paneling with acanthus corbels and moldings. The ceilings are only eight and a half feet, but by using an egg-and-dart cornice that projects into the rooms and onto the ceilings, rather than one that sits flat on the walls, he created the illusion of greater height.
Elegant white living room: Architectural details + ‘Clunch’ by Farrow & Ball