Over a three-year period, designer Mary Hannon Packard of Silver Spoon Interiors and the owner of this classic Fan home colored and edited every room using what became their whimsical design mantra, "Let's try it!"
- LIVING ROOM: The purple-linen Osborne & Little chair fabric inspired the rest of the room. The owner loved the purple so much she tried it on the walls — only to discover in this sun-dappled room that the yellow undertones of natural light muddied the color. When she switched to the yellow you see now, all the vivid brights in the room popped against the pale color. The eye-catching pink cotton sofa references the pink in the dining room, just as the tangerine balloon-shades echo the toile wallpaper. Packard told us, "I want to be able to move a chair from one room to another and have it work." Packard added the muted "pea green" velvet ottoman to "cleanse the visual palette."
- DINING ROOM: When the owner saw this Manuel Canovas oversized toile de Jouy wallpaper, she knew she'd found a starting point for the room. Packard had the owner's chair covered with a coordinating suzani-inspired silk print from the same design house. The owner fell in love with this pink-on-pink window-treatment fabric. "We decided to try it in the dining room. It's whimsical, yet cuts the sweetness of the toile." "The geometric fixture I had actually ordered for my house," says Packard, "but its modern style and Old-World gold finish seemed right, so yet again we just tried it here instead."
- BEDROOM: Putting a king-sized bed in a Fan-sized bedroom is no small feat. Packard replaced the four-poster bed with a simple white leather headboard she designed to fit between the bookcases. The diminutive headboard makes the room look larger. The subdued shades of gray, beige, pink and silver give the illusion of space and provide a restful backdrop for relaxation.
- FOYER: The fabric of the homeowner's favorite jacket inspired the stencil on the walls. This piece of artwork, Fuzzy Limeade by artist Vicky Foster, was placed on many walls before finally resting here. "It's trial and error," Packard says. "I like to add something that seems out of place — it often brings cohesion to the rest of the room in a really exciting way."
- UPSTAIRS LOUNGE: The yellow table, from a company called Shine, serves as the hit of color while the subtle green walls soothe the space. This oil painting, Untitled with Pink by Duane Cregger, also made the rounds of the house before landing here. "The worst thing to do is go out and buy for a specific spot," Packard says. "Buy what you love."