Symmetry is a wonderful way to create a balanced and soothing space.

Our clients could have gone the expected design route and asked for the rooms in their formal Georgian Colonial to be filled with antiques.  Instead, taking cue from the home's simple, strong geometric lines, we designed an eclectic and comfortable space using a timeless mix of antiques, modern furniture and lighting, and a soothing neutral color palette.  All photos by Gene Meadows.


A foyer should make a statement and set a tone for the rest of the house; it’s the first thing guests see. We took cues from this home’s straight-lined Georgian colonial architecture, and made a focal wall of layered paper squares and rectangles. We contrasted it with sculptural pieces like the sconces and a Venetian mirror we found in San Francisco . More squares in the Tibetan rug and the contemporary Italian chairs flanking the Regency commode tie the space together.

Petite spaces are a great way to use luxurious materials and go for over-the-top style–a powder room should always be a surprise for guests. We painted the walls in bold stripes to visually “widen” the space, and papered the ceiling with an elegant silver leaf. The laser-cut drapery fabric becomes sculpture and adds dimension to the room. Photo by Beth Singer.

The goal in this dining room was to give a nod to the couples’ modern aesthetic while maintaining the architectural flow from outside this Colonial home. Our concept was that a young couple had inherited a Venetian palazzo. First, we raised the chair rail, and added some panel molding, then we applied a vintage looking damask wallcovering to add instant “age.” Dramatic green silk vintage linen velvet drapery and grass shades add texture. In the center of it all, contemporary Italian furniture and lighting contrast, yet compliment, the rest of the room. Photo by Beth Singer.

Master Bedroom. Dunlap Design Group. Photo by Gene Meadows..jpg