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In the living room of a Connecticut farmhouse, custom-colored lacquer was applied for a sleek and fresh surface. The Pierre armchairs from Bunny Williams Home are in a Jasper fabric by Michael S. Smith.
Art ($50, ), gold leaf ($50, ), pitcher ($47, )
A mudroom doubles as a place to arrange flowers, thanks to shelves filled with ironstone vessels. The homeowner's favorite pale pink geraniums inspired some of the hues in the feminine townhouse.
Planter ($216, ), watercolor red geranium painting ($23, ), vintage pitcher ($58, )
Lavender runs throughout a Park Avenue apartment, including the master bedroom's custom headboard and hummingbird wallpaper by Cole & Son. Pottery Barn's Duncan Diamond rug balances out the pattern-filled space.
Garden stool ($165, ), table clock ($49, ), throw pillow ($24, )
In a Illinois house full of strong rooms, the master bedroom's pale colors offer a serene respite. Designer Ruthie Sommers began with the grass-colored rug and the striped wallpaper by Farrow & Ball.
Table lamp ($179, ), throw blanket ($$28, ), beach art ($43, )
A coat of a high-gloss white contrasts with dining chairs covered in Designers Guild's Cheviot. Floors here and throughout the Virginia home are painted in Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore mixed with clear stain.
Pillow ($54, ), black and white art ($31, ), dinner plates ($30 for 4, )
de Gournay's handpainted chinoiserie tea paper gives a dining room its dazzle. The homeowner bought the mirror at an antiques show. "It's perfect," says designer Elizabeth Bauer Watt. "It has a great shape, but it's not a big gilt thing taking attention away from the paper."
Golden peacock ($170, ), chandelier ($265, ), green wine glasses ($38 for 4, )
The combination of blue porcelain, mint green furniture and lots of light makes a subtle statement in the entry hall of a Norwegian house.
Garden stool ($102, ), jar ($99, ), leopard pillow ($92, )
Floral prints abound in the breakfast room of this Westchester property. The chairs and Roman shades echo the flowers on the table and the wall.
Roman shade ($95, ), botanical art ($27 for 4, ), lettuce plate ($98 for 2, )
Elizabeth Bauer Watt brightened a cozy breakfast nook with Benjamin Moore Ivory White semigloss paint. Two custom shades of light gray create a checkerboard pattern on the antique chestnut floors.
Pillow cover ($30, ), bird statue ($295, ), silver tray ($54, )
The master bedroom in a Florida house is "soft, subtle and refined," designer Marshall Watson says.
Throw blanket ($105, ), mirror ($237, ), bench ($93, )
The cozy upstairs library in a Lattingtown, New York, house, was formerly a bedroom, "and we wanted to give a sense of purpose," designer Meg Braff says. The verdant sofa fabric is Laura Ashley's Springfield 22, through Kravet.
A beach house bathroom became a stunner thanks to Brett Design's Peonies wallpaper. "I wanted every inch of the powder room to be special," says designer Colleen Bashaw.
In Ruthie Sommers's Los Angeles house, a coral lampshade studded with drawings and photos contrast the blue hues in the home office.
Subway tile isn't your only option. Designer Kathryn M. Ireland's Greta wallpaper in Reverse Green adds charm to a guest bath in a Cape Cod getaway.
This screened porch is an extra-inviting spot for family gatherings thanks to a wicker sofa and armchairs covered in a cornflower blue plaid. The glossy ceiling is painted a matching hue: Morning Glory by Benjamin Moore.
"I love cherry blossoms," says designer Caroline Beaupère. "And this master bath in a house in Jersey City, New Jersey, was inspired by hanami, the Japanese tradition of going to see the blossoms as part of a celebration of spring."
Swirling lavender designs make this kitchen, designed by Erin Martin, romantic and a touch theatrical.
Designed by Gene Meyer and Frank de Biasi, the library in a Miami home features pale pink walls with a pleasant surprise. The delicate white blooms are actually made from seashells.
The oversize motifs of floral wallpaper punch up a tiny room by designer Meg Braff. Liberal dashes of white keep everything light and airy in this Hamptons home.