Designer Barbara Barry knows the power of subtlety. In this Corona del Mar house, she designs with natural and soothing and ethereal tones in mind. The kitchen was bright white, but because it got constant light from the garden, Barry mellowed it with "a shadowy color, one you can't quite describe — mushroomy, taupey, tree-barky. I love colors you can't describe," she says. "It instantly made the room warmer and more intimate. In fact, it feels more like a room than a kitchen." Cabinets are painted Farrow & Ball's Light Gray. Walls are covered in a strié paper, Drag, also by Farrow & Ball. Conrad window shade.
Designer Sandra Nunnerley adds tranquil glamour to a his-and-hers bathroom in New York City, where the use of mosaic tile creates two different looks — one soft, one bold. Mist mosaic tile by Studium has a watery, pearlescent glow. Vintage sconces from nicholas Antiques. Polished nickel fixtures and Easton stool by Waterworks. Towels by E. Braun & Co.
The children's library doubles as a guest room for sleepovers in a Houston, Texas, house. "The children's reading room is a niche carved out of a hallway," designer Ann Wolf says. "It's a private, magical little space at the heart of the house, where you imagination can run wild." Shelves are designed to display book covers. Curtains are Pierre Frey's Alpage.
Antique meets modern in the living room of a San Francisco Victorian designed by Ken Fulk. He chose a black-and-white palette, softened with neutrals and natural textures. The chimney breast, which is papered in 's black Yacare Crocodile, adds sex appeal. "It looks great, that texture, and it's fun," Fulk says.
The dining room of a 1980s house in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was so big, it felt more like a conference room. To "bring in the scale," designer Markham Roberts covered the walls in a bold linen print, 's Lorenzo. Chairs from are covered in 's Mercurio velvet.