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Design Diaries: Inside My Living Room
When I was designing my living room with my decorator Martyn Lawrence Bullard, we agreed that this is the one room in the house that doesn't need to be super comfortable. It has to be practical and kid-friendly, but not comfortable because this isn't really a comfort room, it's more of a party and entertaining space. Scroll down to see how it turned out!
These ivory Christian Liagre sofas are upholstered in wool from Schumacher and matching leather from Cowtan and Tout. The accent chairs were custom designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard and covered in dark gray super soft-leather from Edelman Leather.
Martyn made this custom coffee table out of cerused oak—which is a special wood finish that highlights the natural grain in a subtle white pigment. It's big enough to hold all my favorite coffee table books.
The artwork by Richard Serra helps to bring together the black-and-white theme throughout the room. The limestone-top consoles on either side of the fireplace were custom made by Martyn. Since this is one of my favorite rooms, I decided to put the Damien Hirst skull print—a gift from Scott—on a table where everyone can see it . The black leather modern chair and ottoman are from Oscar Niemeyer at Wyeth in New York.
The neutral chandeliers are by Harry Balmer from Habite in Los Angeles. They add dimension to the room, but don't compete with the cool design of the ceiling.
I've had this Yamaha piano in my life since I was a little girl. I took piano lessons on this exact piano, so it's very sentimental to me—my mom gave it to me.
We found the mid-century modern bronze side tables from Lucca Antiques and the vintage Gainey planter for my fiddle leaf fig tree is from Spaces in Palm Springs. (I love to mix in houseplants and trees to add a touch of green to the rooms).
Photos by Burke Doeren