By Lacey N. Howard
September 27, 2005
Jean Allsopp

In the main living space, pale blue walls soothe the senses and actas a skylike backdrop for off-white furnishings. "The great roomdraws you in," says Debbie. "It doesn't overwhelm. It's cool, soft,and inviting."

Furnishings with curving silhouettes complement the palette. Ademure sofa lined with pillows fronts a pair of club chairs. A wingchair covered in outdoor fabric promises to repel life's littlemesses. Near the fireplace, an oversize ottoman on casters, alsoupholstered in outdoor fabric, offers mobile seating and doubles asa tabletop when entertaining.

"The furniture frames are all very traditional, but we used aneclectic mix of fabrics," says designer Allyson Jones. "Theupholsteries are soft colors," Susan adds. "But rather than ho-humneutral, the variety of fabric textures gives life and harmony tothe room." Loose-weave linen sheers with blue-fringe trim framewindows, and sea-blue tweed-style fabric covers club chairs.

Accessories also add tactile interest. Natural-fiber windowshades match a sea grass rug and raffia lamp shades. Pillowscovered in mother-of-pearl buttons glisten alongside a silver lampand a shell-filled glass urn.

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