A Chic Living Room
"My sister, an artist in San Francisco, painted the mural. She normally doesn't do decorative work, but she made an exception for me! It's a grouping of my favorite things. The palm columns on either side of the niche are a reference to the columns in the kitchen at Brighton Pavilion. There are shells, chinoiserie bookends, books, a magnifying glass, silhouettes of my sister and me. But most important, there's a bust of my idol, Albert Hadley, at the top. I like to think that Mr. Hadley is keeping an eye on my design choices, and I hope that if I'm about to make a mistake, he'll give me a sign." -Jennifer Boles Dwyer; thepeakofchic.com.