Designer’s Notes 

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by Sherrie Sanderson, Rooms & Gardens

When we look at the homes our friends have lovingly woven over time, we realize that we are experiencing a reflection of their most intimate life history and spirit; their inner sanctum.

The warmth in this home comes from the textures, layers, antiques, and art carefully curated over time.

The sophisticated and warm lifestyle of this home creates an elegant yet lived-in space that is punctuated with heartfelt and strong pieces. Throughout this bohemian haven, your emotional and intellectual senses will feast on the influence of Italian, French, and Asian cultures.


A graceful pair of ivory velvet sofas sit beside an Italian-inspired custom cocktail table. The table reflects hints of gilt amidst the washed, chalky seafoam background.

Pillows in raspberry and citrine yellow add pops of color for fun! A variety of hand-woven rugs in wool and silk gives the area a feeling of warmth and comfort.

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The bedroom is serene. Deep lavender Murano lamps reflect light upon the washed silver chests. The occasional chair was found at The Thrift House and is comfortably dressed in royal purple and silvery-gold Fortuny. The little footstool is covered in a remnant from a 19th-century vestment.  The large lavender silk and Aubusson pillow centers your eye upon the bed. As you look up, you see the most perfect little French 18th-century gilt mirror.


The smooth, polished Calcutta, gold marble, and the openness of this kitchen make you feel as if you can finally exhale into the abundance of French simplicity and airiness. The large, colorful Bettie Ward oil painting is whimsically reminiscent of life and abundance.


The long entry welcomes you with a playful Khotan rug beneath your feet.

As you glance to the side, an 18th-century Italian mirror floats over the console table.

Grand 18th-century architectural elements as lamps flank each side of the console, with a large urn spilling over with roses in peach and salmon. Pumpkins add a festive spirit at the base to welcome the fall season. The arrangement was created by Elizabeth Gonzalez of Southern Blooms.

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