The back staircase to the third floor of the Show House almost comes as a surprise – after beautiful, well-appointed bedrooms and an office space on the second floor, the home continues upward with an almost-hidden stair passage to even more rooms ideal for entertaining and relaxing. Before visiting the third-floor rooms, though, visitors are invited into a landing designed by Anne Smith and Liz McGovern of June Roesslein Interiors.

With only a small rectangular transition space, flanked on all sides by doors to various rooms, the design duo saw an opportunity not only to dress up the space, allowing it to flow stylistically with the great design work from room to room, but also to add furniture to strategically direct traffic flow. For this, Smith and McGovern used a circular burl-veneered quartered top-and-quatrefoil-base table to anchor the space, preventing traffic jams in and out of the third-floor rooms by behaving as a pedestrian roundabout.

Under the circle table is a beautiful Mahal design, a hand-knotted rectangular Indo-Peshwar rug, which sets the tone with soothing shades of tan, blue and cocoa – a color palette preview for the home’s dreamy music room, also designed by Smith and McGovern. The table holds a curated arrangement of vases and books and is lit from above by a chandelier featuring polished brass original to the house.

Walls are painted in Lotus Pod, a soft, soothing neutral by Sherwin-Williams. To make up for the lack of space for furnishings in the landing, Smith and McGovern took advantage of available wall space, adding both an oversized antique gold-leaf mirror and bronzed metallic-gold rosettes to the walls.

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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.