Romantic Living

This home designed by Lee Ann Thornton and published in the new House Beautiful is the reason I love interior design!!! I am impressed and in awe of how an old Connecticut ranch that started out as a plain Jane with lots of drywall, small rooms, low ceilings and a quirky flow has morphed into such a beautiful home. Somehow Thornton has created many of my dream spaces – that sunroom is simply glorious, I would never leave that room!….the dining room is layered with beautiful patterns and feminine details I adore, the master bedroom is subtle and interesting while the master bath is crisp and edgy… I’m in love!


Cafe Design | Sunroom

Here’s an excerpt from Thornton’s interview with House Beautiful explaining her design approach when decorating this home:

“To bring in charm and a sense of history, I grabbed ceiling height wherever I could. I added architectural texture – shiplap paneling, coffered ceilings, molding – then layered in decor with an easy, romantic spirit.” (via House Beautiful )

In the sunroom, Thornton designed an ample sectional sofa to maximize seating. She covered the walls and upholstery in the same French pale blue Peter Fasano fabric. To anchor the space, the window mullions were painted black. For contrast, the frames were kept white and sheer cafe curtains soften the look.


Lisa Fine and Peter Dunham textiles add the final layers of pattern and blues.

Cafe Design | Lee Ann Thornton

The color scheme throughout the house is a sophisticated blues-and-white updated here and there with aubergine, apple-green and raspberry reds. Yum, so so good!

Cafe Design | Living Room

Cafe Design | Fireplace

Cafe Design | Dining Room


Cafe Design | Fam

Cafe Design | Master Bedroom

Cafe Design Bedroom

Cafe Design | Master Bathroom

Cafe Design | Gilrs Bedroom 2

Cafe Design | Girls Room

Cafe Design | Boys Room

Cafe Design | Lee Ann Thornton Portrait

To read the original story, head over to House Beautiful. Photography by Francesco Lagnese.



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  1. October 31, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    I just love this house Eva! And coincidentally, you and I think way too much alike–come visit my post tomorrow! 😉

    • Eva Contreras
      October 31, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Haha, thanks Elizabeth! I’ve noticed we appreciate similar interiors, not a bad thing 😉 I’ll swing by tomorrow

    • Eva Contreras
      November 2, 2017 / 11:24 am

      Thank you, Denise!