MODERN BLING WITH FEDERALIST FEATURES
In the elegant and open Federalist-style hallway, stands a grand staircase that sweeps to an upper balcony. Yet it is boldly contrasted, while still being complemented, by a contemporary carpet runner and area rug in a black and white geometric pattern.
Looking up, a modern chandelier in hand-blown Murano glass hangs from the ten-foot ceiling. It holds its own space without distracting the eye from the intricate crownmolding plasterwork, which is a hallmark of Federalist splendour in every room.
“The Murano style of Venetian glasswork really appeals to me,” says Pam who prefers the smooth, sleek line of its design. Her choice of unique lighting fixtures is a signature touch throughout the house.
Another original Murano chandelier is the centrepiece in the formal dining room. Imported from Italy by Marchand Lighting, who supplied most of the light fixtures, it looks black – but the glass glints red when lit up. Against a neutral backdrop of grey walls, the chandelier highlights an equally stunning Art Deco dining room table. Distinctive u-shaped table legs and nickel-bead detailing are combined with high-backed chairs upholstered in green-patterned velvet.
Pam picked the fabric, admitting that she has become more adventurous and wants the home décor to reflect her personality. “I know what I like, but trust Ellen to tell me if the colour or style will work with everything else.”
Ellen explains that although they decided to move away from traditional décor, the furnishings have the