Mary Stieven took #15 Washington Terrace’s sleeping porch, borne out of necessity in 1913 during those humid, non-air conditioned St. Louis nights, and brought it into modern day. “I wanted to make a 2011 version of the room—how we would use it now.”

     Using two beige linen chaise lounges from John Richard Boutique as a starting point, Stieven designed a space where “people can nap, read a book and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.” She emphasized the lightness of the small room surrounded by windows by painting the walls a soft ivory and popping the woodwork with a bright white. Robert Allen ikat-pattern drapes in shades of purple and camel highlight the windows, while the ceiling is painted to match the palette and create a soothing atmosphere in the space.

      An antique settee, from the designer’s personal collection, has been reupholstered in gold velvet with ivory piping, and provides additional seating on the porch. A zebra-hide rug catches anyone’s attention, while other pieces include a chest, lamps, mirrors and a chandelier from John Richard. Artwork that Stieven calls “traditional with a twist” brings even more visual interest. As a result, each element works together to welcome the weary with a “relaxing and comfortable space that is updated for modern use and style.”    

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