Cozy Is Timeless

A young family gets a happy, comfortable home from designer Markham Roberts.

dining room
Eric Piasecki
Designer Markham Roberts creates a cozy nest for a Connecticut family.
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dining room
Eric Piasecki
Dining Room
The dining room of a new Greenwich, Connecticut, house designed by Markham Roberts makes a strong case for symmetry: the table and Gustavian chandelier are centered directly on the fireplace, and a pair of English Regency-style cabinets with Japanese lacquered panels flank it. Dining chairs from John Rosselli are covered in Schumacher's Gainsborough Velvet, and the walls are upholstered in Claremont's Ormuz.
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living room
Eric Piasecki
Living Room
God is in the details in the living room: Roberts discreetly used the fabric on the custom ottoman, Fraises Sauvages from Le Décor Français, for the sofa's welting, skirt hem, buttons, and throw pillows. The sofa is covered in Victoria Strié in blue by Travers. In the foreground, the 1940s Neoclassical-style bergère is covered in Nancy Corzine's Silk Velvet in Root Beer. The pair of antique French gilded brass columnar lamps on the side tables are from James Sansum. The Regency convex mirror was found at Belvedere Antiques. Bijar carpet is late 19th century .
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living room
Eric Piasecki
Living Room Sofa
A Roberts-designed sofa in one of the living room's seating areas is covered in Travers's Lacquered Linen. The curtains are in Gaya from Brunschwig & Fils; the 19th-century Japanese lacquer cocktail table is from James Sansum. Lamps are faux-porphyry urns.
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Eric Piasecki
Entrance Hall
Roberts indulged his love of the Far East in the entrance hall. It has a chinoiserie mural with a Chippendale motif painted by Agustin Hurtado, a Japonism side table made in England in the late 19th century, and baluster vases from China.
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Eric Piasecki
Since a mahogany-paneled library can tend to be dark, Roberts says, "almost everything was chosen for its ability to pop," including the Tibetan rug, curtains in Pierre Frey's L'Incourt, ottoman upholstered in Tiger Velvet from Brunschwig & Fils, and 1920s French vases mounted as lamps. The Swedish Neoclassical writing table is from H.M. Luther.
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great room
Eric Piasecki
Great Room
Roberts warmed up the "not-so-great room" with tufted fireside chairs of his own design, a chinoiserie lantern with reverse-painted glass, hurricane lamps, a ceramic garden stool, throws, an American spindle chair, a low Chinese table, decorative pillows, potted plants — even a rocking horse in the form of a dog. Clarence House's Dahlia covers the sofa. Curtains in Moss Rose from Cowtan & Tout.
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breakfast nook
Eric Piasecki
Breakfast Nook
For the breakfast room, Roberts designed a table with a faux-bois wooden top and milk-painted pedestal. The wire-basket chandelier is from Treillage.
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master bedroom
Eric Piasecki
Four-Poster Bed
In the master bedroom, Ivory muslin drapes a four-poster bed from Barton Sharpe. Wall and bench fabric is Cowtan & Tout's Floral Toile in blue and white. D. Porthault bed linen; Waterford Weave carpet in ivory from Stark.
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master bedroom
Eric Piasecki
Bedroom Sitting Area
For the bedroom's sitting area, Roberts did the curtains in a texture linen — La Scala Matisse from Brunschwig & Fils — to take the room down a notch. Beside the sofa in Cowtan & Tout's Chiltern strié is a George III Pembroke table that belonged to FDR. The ottoman is upholstered in a Ralph Lauren ticking stripe, the Swedish armchair in a vintage floral.
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