Evoking a long-vanished literary spirit, the intimate study, just off the grand foyer near the front doors, seems poised to welcome Papa Hemingway home.

     Describing the first time they saw the space, designers Anne Smith and Liz McGovern agree that their favorite part of the room was the rich wood paneling and architectural millwork. “The built-in bookcases, the casing around the pocket doors—how could you not love this space?” Smith says. “We just instantly fell in love with it!” One feature in particular captivated both designers: the Greek key pattern at the corners of the cabinetry.

     While a poet’s desk in British Campaign style inspires the muse, a Schumacher grasscloth in deep red adds texture, and the room’s two windows illuminate through woven Roman shades in black and brown. “With all of the dark wood and the grasscloth, we didn’t want to have a heavy window treatment,” McGovern explains. The designers kept the room’s original light fixtures, adding uplights at the corners of the bookcases to showcase decorative accessories. A cozy window seat is dressed in upholstery descibed by McGovern as a “golden, caramel-y color.”  The caramel shade appears again on the room’s ceiling. Architectural molding seems to match the wood grain in the paneling, but it’s actually white plaster transformed with a faux wood grain. “Our painter did an amazing job!” McGovern says. “It was a tedious process, but it looks like it has always been there. It really adds to the richness of the room.”

June Roesslein Interiors: Anne Smith and Liz McGovern


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