I want one of these

Yesterday, when I went to take some photos of Palm Beach designer Stephen Mooney’s staircase, he showed me his “personal space,” a library that he created from a guest room, because he loves books.

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Stephen Mooney’s library, a book-lovers’ visual delight

The bookcases are handsome, detailed, and although custom, were certainly affordable, he said — I want the name of his fine cabinetry maker!

Reading lamp well placed
Wow, a reading lamp placed in just the right spot.

The room already had the nice wood floor, but Mooney added wainscotting, giving the room a traditional look, sheer drapery at the windows and good reading lights in intelligent places.

He covered the floor with a nice natural-fiber nubby-type rug, overlaid with a zebra skin.

Furnishings are simple, an unpretentious but quality antique desk and chair,

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a mini-loveseat for one and comfy armchair with a variety of pillows and let’s not forget the ottoman!

Just last week or so, I saw chairs stacked with books (on purpose), and alas, Stephen already knew about that little trick, and I love that he left the chair, as is.

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A chair makes an extra spot to put an overflow of books, or are these Stephen’s next reads?

Note the variety of textures, fabric mixes and silver accessories — especially that magnifying glass on the side table for reading that fine print, and is that a stuffed puppy-dog sitting in the armchair? Stephen? Did I get that wrong?

Take it up a Notch

Yesterday, Palm Beach interior designer Joseph Pubillones was kind enough to allow me to take some before and after photos of one of his projects.

The question was, how can you create the most impact with a smallish budget?

Well, he told me, he had just finished such a project. His client has redone her apartment, and although it was pleasant, it was too “matchy matchy,” and she wasn’t happy with it.

With many windows, the unit does catch some lovely Intracoastal views. Furnishings are traditional and nice quality and the green and coral color palette are quite Florida. Pubillones, though, was asked to add some pizazz. So, he added pillows, put a huge floral arrangement on the sideboard, changed out a few accessories, placed a sculpture on the coffee table, and tilted a chair…

A taste of wine, and a lampshade change
A taste of wine, and a new lampshade!

He also changed out lampshades.

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Make those colors pop!

Interestingly, Pubillones chose to add some pillows in a shade of wine, muting the color scheme, but adding some nice contrast at the same time.

Makes me want to take a closer look at my own home, for sure! I’d get rid of my granny collection of pillows, if I could, but i can’t…they are gifts, and what else would I do? Paint that darn table, for another thing! And would I really be able to add some plantsĀ  in those wonderful French wire antiques my mother gave me, and keep them alive? Perhaps I should try…