Room of the Day

Summer is my favorite time of the year, everything feels so easy in the summer. But I also love fall and the change it brings. After all, there’s just so many torid, humid days one can endure and the freshness of the cooler season is a welcome change. Despite the cold and the rain, our little town is bustling with students right now and you can feel the energy in the air… I love that!

My schedule this fall is crazier than ever. Between work and home, ballet and swim lessons, I’m still trying to adjust. It’s not easy being a kindergartener, or the parent of one 🙂 With all the busy-ness around, last weekend I tried something new and ventured into the scary world of DIY. A friend of mine found an old Duncan Phyfe style table and asked me if I’d help her refresh it. I have some ideas and if it were mine to keep, I’d try and preserve its original wood veneer and have it fixed professionally. But my friend needs some ideas for a quick and easy fix that can turn the table into something not just functional but pretty. I’ll try to snap a few pictures and show you all about it later this month. I have this thing against painting wood pieces that look old and have character and this table has both good looks and charm in spades. I’m still on the fence about what I’ll do with it so we’ll see…

Cafe Design Matthew Patrick Smyth

And speaking of character and charm, I have to show you a room that has been on my mind for months now. It is part of designer Matthew Patrick Smyth’s Sharon, CT home and functions as a guest bedroom and attic lounge. I love the work of Smyth and in this particular instance he created a layered space that doesn’t feel decorated at all. It looks like someone with exquisite taste has amassed a collection of artwork and furnishings and found the perfect spot to display them. The space is on the third floor of a country home and is open to the incoming staircase.

Cafe Design | Matthew Patrick Smyth 2

The floor is given a uniform treatment –  honey-hued sisal carpeting. An old campaign chest as well as a Kaare Klint Safari leather chair make a heavenly pair. The farmhouse spindle bed is dressed in cozy John Robshaw bedding and topped with a periwinkle cashmere throw. Roman shades in a soft gingham pattern increase the rustic charm. I also love the griege trim and closet door. Wrought-iron strap hinges are very appropriate for an 18th-century farmhouse.  I love it all…



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    • Eva Contreras
      September 13, 2017 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth!