"I wanted incredible comfort in this alcove," Couturier says. "I can see two ladies sitting in the light, having a cup of tea. I like to imagine these little stories." He designed the sofa and covered it in Fortuny's Simboli. Roll-back slipper chairs are in a C&C Milano stripe through Holland & Sherry. Midcentury mahogany Italian coffee table is from L'Art de Vivre.
When you want to introduce just a hint of rustic appeal here and there in your living room, consider the Rule of Three to prevent your efforts from appearing random or lackluster. This philosophy, long observed by interior designers, says that groups of similar items create visual impact; odd numbers make the most eye-pleasing groupings. In this living room, for example, a trio of tree stumps creates a clever coffee table arrangement with rustic flair./
A wild silk rug by Fort Street Studio and an Alexander Calder tapestry, Soleil Rouge, pull the eye down in the entry, "so you don't notice that the ceiling is so high," designer Robert Couturier says. Christophe Côme fireplace screen.
Jolt of Energy - If you're lucky to have a mantel with character, let the mantel be the star by minimizing your accessories. Fill the wall space with a simple mirror and pair of sconces and just a few well-placed objects. For a classic-with-a-twist look, start with a pair of vases in the middle and vary what's on either side of them.