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The Grand Hall

The Grand Hall

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David Deatherage

David Deatherage Design

The side-entry, three-story English style manse was clearly built for gracious, turn-of-the-century entertaining, with the generously scaled Grand Hall serving as its central gathering spot. A noteworthy 37-feet long, the room benefits from a wealth of Old World architectural assets, including long, graceful balconied windows, a spectacular floor-to-ceiling carved stone fireplace with a family crest, beamed ceiling, leaded-glass windows, and built-in book cases. Even so, it required a discerning eye and open mind to transform the room into a space for chic, contemporary entertaining circa 2013, a task designer David Deatherage took on.

“My initial response to the room was that it was dark and moody, and had a rich history that it wasn't revealing,” Deatherage explains. “I didn't want to abandon the past but to breathe new life into it. I imagined the room as a place to enjoy culture: to view art, to entertain, exchange ideas, and listen to music.”

A vintage Oriental rug that’s been worn to perfection and dates to the original owners of the house provided the starting point for the designer, who played on a blue theme accented with contrasting tones of ivory, gold and persimmon. In addition to the geometric wallpaper by English interior designer David Hicks, Deatherage installed a large collection of artwork, which he hung salon-style. Also occupying pride of place is a Persian blue velvet tete a tete and a grand piano for musical entertainment during social gatherings.

True to his personal style, Deatherage filled the Grand Hall with refined custom pieces (the fireplace screen with the gold starburst pattern and a refinished persimmon-colored Baker coffee table in the Moroccan style), as well as glamorous Hollywood Regency furnishings from the 1940s through the 1960s. While at first blush, Hollywood Regency might seem like an unlikely choice given the architectural envelope of the room, Deatherage views it differently. “I see it as a way of celebrating the past while optimistically looking forward,” he says.


B. Derton Studios

Brewers Quilt Custom Window Treatments

Custom Furniture Works

David Hicks for Cole & Son Wallpaper

Fortuny Fabrics

Holly Hunt Chicago

Houlés Paris

Just Hangin' Around Wallpaper/Custom Paint

KDR Designer Showrooms

LoForte Fine Art Installation

Mokum Textiles

Philip Slein Gallery

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