To give the space extra personality, the designers crafted a headboard out of pecky cypress. Naturally, pecky cypress has an orange tinge to it, but to make it match the neutral, relaxing color palette in this space, the designer had it professionally whitewashed. The effect is that this wood brings a uniqueness to the space that blends well with both the soft, inviting fabrics of the bed linens and area rug, but also nicely compliments the dark accent furniture.
The living room’s pecky-cypress paneling was lightened by decorative painter Bob Christian, whose work can also be seen on the tile fireplace surround. The landscape paintings are 19th-century English, the roll-arm sofas are by O. Henry House, and the Louis XV–style armchairs by Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, in the foreground, are upholstered in a Brunschwig & Fils floral; Chinese rice barrels serve as occasional tables.