Home Decorating Graphic and Novel

When faced with the huge rooms in this Naples, Florida, home (featured in the December 2011/January 2012 House Beautiful), designer Robert Couturier knew exactly what he wanted to do: fill it with large-scale objects and bold (and we mean bold) patterns that take up space. He settled on a classic blue-and-white palette and then went to town, layering textures, prints, and kindergarten-colored modern artwork. We are, in a word, swooning.

The living room is packed with decidedly upscale pieces—a sculpted-concrete table, a reupholstered nineteenth-century French armchair, a circa-1950 turned-wood lamp, and a Fernand Leger tapestry. Despite these, the space has an informal, Sunday-afternoon-with-friends feel, thanks to the utilitarian white sofas, the plethora of cushioned seating options (from armchair to window seat), and the massive (and massively cool) ikatlike graphic rug by J.D. Staron. Bonus points for the three-dimensional details like the trim on the Louis XV chairs and the embroidery on the lampshades and curtain.

In the dining room, the translucent glass chandelier over the table echoes the shape of the Alexander Calder painting on the wall behind it. Another original J.D. Staron rug anchors the room. But we’re nuts over those terracotta Miguel Cisterna lamps on the lowboy, and the perky pinstriped dining chairs—sweet and tailored.

Check out this little alcove in the master bedroom, where whimsical patterns rule on the drapes, pillows, and armchair upholstery. The angularity of the coffee table, chaise, and wall tapestry give the room a bit of edge, which is softened by a pure white rug that begs for bare feet.


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