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Photo by Michael Jacob

For the Show House’s family room, Ethan Allen Retail, Inc. design center project manager Amanda Matzke, designer Robert Van De Wiele and design consultant Jan Alred toned down the historic architecture with calming touches.

The walls are painted soft shades of gray, blue and green from Benjamin Moore’s Williamsburg collection. Working with the lines and features of the room, the designers included an Ethan Allen Audrey sofa with a low, curved back to reflect the curves of the room’s bay window. Matzke – who has been in the interior design business for 10 years (eight of them with Ethan Allen) – cites her favorite piece in the redesigned room as the midcentury, waterfall-style Orchard chandelier made of Lucite rods hanging from an oval steel frame. It “dazzles with both movement and shine,” she says.

Throughout the design process, the Ethan Allen trio added more eclecticism to the room, including unexpected artwork above the fireplace: an abstract giclée – which Matzke describes as “cloudlike, fresh and energetic” – rendered in shades of teal, gray and smoky-white in a champagne-finished frame. When it came to the windows, Matzke was faced with a challenge. The trio’s original window treatment of floor-length panels proved ineffective. “One window is so close to a built-in bookcase,” Matzke says. “It did not leave room for a floor-length panel to hang correctly.” In its place, though, are mounted Hunter Douglas Solara shades.

All furniture featured in the room hails from Ethan Allen, including a Sayville single cabinet, Jacob barrel chair and Zachary coffee table with a mirror-glass top. Such French-accented furniture combines with the peaceful color palette to make for a restful and sophisticated room. Matzke is particularly excited by the room’s inviting demeanor and versatility. “We have created a space to read a book near the fireplace, have a nice conversation or work at the desk while enjoying the view of the backyard,” she says.

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Sarah is an editorial intern for Feast Magazine and Ladue News.

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