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In the den, a graphic gray-and-white Scalamandré fabric on the sofa pops beautifully against charcoal-colored wallpaper. A huge oil painting of a horse by James McLaughlin Way anchors the space. (“The owners love horses, and I love animal figures, so we used them a lot in accessorizing this space,” Thornton says). Finally, contrasting silk pillows in rich ocher make this setting chic and dramatic.
“I use wallpaper as much as I can, and this pattern from Cole & Son is a great graphic interpretation of a floral,” says Thornton. The paper’s cocooning darkness makes the bedroom feel cozy; a black-and-white-striped faux chinchilla throw at the end of the bed lightens the look in this moody yet glamorous space.
Get the Look
Tip your hat to tartans by having a piece of your favorite plaid fabric framed at Artists Frame Service (artistsframeservice.com). Add equestrian style with horsey bookends, $295, from Mecox Gardens (mecoxgardens.com). Gold always equals glam. Maize brass lamp with gold silk shade, Laura Kirar Collection for Arteriors Home, $1,319, at George Lowell (georgelowell.com). When Thornton has the blues, these Benjamin Moore shades never fail her: Bali (“We used this in a high-gloss finish and painted all the moldings, walls, and ceiling in the dining room the same color for a dramatic effect”); Pacific Ocean Blue (“an intense blue-green that would be great for a front door”); and Teal (“I am using this color on a wood-paneled family room in a lacquer finish to give a formal, traditional room a kick”).
Resources: See Buy Guide.
Photography: (Interiors) Nathan Kirkman; (Mecox horses) David LeMier