Southern Charm Brings Newark Family Comfort and Conversation
This family of four gathers in the family room to listen to music, read, and watch birds, rather than television.
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“The candles are timed to automatically flick on at 6 p.m. and go off at 11 p.m. each night,” she says.
In keeping with the homeowners’ appreciation of nature, a glass-fronted cupboard displays birds’ nests, antique nature guides and wood carvings of mushrooms. Full-length cotton-blend draperies are printed with fanciful renderings of birds and branches.
The walls and moldings are painted mossy green, in harmony with the outdoors. The sectional is upholstered in soft, leaf green.
“Velvet pillows and a big faux fur throw are so cozy and snuggly and also add more textures,” she says.
Here’s a designer tip from FitzGerald-Wilks: You can get the look and feel of a custom sofa by supplying your own upholstery fabric to the manufacturer, then specifying other details.
“You get to pick your arms, your feet, the depth of your cushions,” she says.
The Home Library
A small, underutilized home office is now a clubby library. To make the room appear larger, FitzGerald-Wilks suggested breaking through a wall and connecting the library with the adjacent sitting room via a pair of French doors.
“It adds grandeur and also treats people to a view of the library from the foyer,” she says.
Reeves envisioned a tranquil retreat with the aura of world travel. Bookcases display vintage, tooled-leather volumes, as well as the homeowners’ collection of magnifying glasses and sculptures and renderings of birds.