MOD­ERN BLING WITH FED­ER­AL­IST FEATURES

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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

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