Room of the Day

Howdy!! It has become a habit here on Café Design to zoom in weekly into a particular room and its décor. Breaking down the details is one of my favorite things to do when writing about beautiful homes. Plus, it gives me the chance to learn something new and become a better designer for it. I hope. So here goes this week’s installment of  ”Room of the Day”.

This beautiful home library is the work of Texan designer Shannon Bowers and was published in Milieu a few years ago.  One of the reasons I thought of this space today is because of its freshness. We’ve had some tropical weather here in Illinois and there’s nothing more soothing on a hot summer day than a green and white color scheme. I just love how this room is such an eclectic mix of details. On one hand, we have clean lines of modern architecture. White walls and neat built-ins contrast with the selection of antique furnishings and the warmer woods. On the other hand, every piece seems to tell a story. The neutral color scheme has lots of patina, jazzed up with green and gold accents. Pottery and ceramic bowls in greens and aquas, textured seagrass and linen bring everything corner into focus.

shannon bowers

Bowers used an assortment of weathered gray woods to create a time-worn, European look.

shannon bowers corner

A lucky find or made to order? Either way, this 1937 French oil landscape was meant for the room. I would not be surprised  if this was the starting point of Bowers’ design.

shannon bowers painting

What do you think? Is there something you like/dislike about this space? I love it all as is but could picture it transformed into a design studio as well. Shelves filled with fabric samples and client folders…

Have a fresh day!



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  1. May 16, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    This has to be one of my favorite homes. I’ve saved that issue just because of it and became a Mileu subscriber too. Love everything about it!

    • Eva Contreras
      May 16, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Oh my, we’re practically twins!!!! 🙂

  2. Joan Morris
    May 16, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    Wow, this room is outstanding. It just glows with magnificent light. The lights on the bookcase, the lantern and that extraordinary painting have me swooning!

    • Eva Contreras
      May 18, 2017 / 9:46 am

      Thank you, Joan!!! xo