The home’s third-floor music room was designed by Liz McGovern and Anne Smith of June Roesslein Interiors as an airy respite from the everyday bustle of life. The pair was drawn to the room’s simple architectural features, such as a dormer window – which turned out to be the perfect spot for a window seat – angled ceiling and western-facing window overlooking a lush tree view. “You feel like you’re in a treehouse,” Smith says.

Envisioning a rich backstory of an accomplished harpist taking up residence in the home, Smith and McGovern imagined a truly heavenly music room, with each element contributing to the relaxed nature of the design, from every textile and color to the functionality of each piece of furniture.


Smith and McGovern wrapped the space in a dreamy palette of soft blues and neutrals, blending seamlessly with the feel of the third-floor landing the pair also designed. Walls, ceiling and trim are all painted in Sherwin-Williams’ creamy-white Casablanca, using a satin eggshell finish on the walls and ceiling and a semigloss on the trim, providing textural depth without the visual interruption of contrasting colors. The room is anchored by a hand-knotted round Indo-Peshwar rug featuring soft blues and creams, which was also the source for the space’s color inspiration.

A custom-built window seat below the dormer window features plush throw pillows that beckon visitors to relax while providing additional seating to open up the space for music appreciation and conversations. A curved chaise lounge contributes an air of luxury, with a crocodile-embossed leather drink cart by Ralph Lauren not only serving as a statement piece but also setting the tone for the usefulness of the room. “It’s a respite from the hurried lifestyle we all lead,” McGovern relates. The design team is especially excited over the ambiance and sophistication added by a harp anchoring the room layout – an antique Lyon & Healy, on loan from a member of the St. Louis Harp Society.

June Roesslein Interiors, 636-394-1465, juneroesslein.com

Denise is a contributing writer at Ladue News. She is a Chicago native, wife to Vince, mama to two and Chicago magazine dining team alum. She hopes to one day live in a world where semicolons are used responsibly.

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