"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.

"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.

Musician Sting and actress-producer Trudie Styler's London living room, renovated by Shelton, Mindel & Associates. (May 2010)

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Musician Sting and actress-producer Trudie Styler's London living room, renovated by Shelton, Mindel & Associates. (May 2010)

The best interior designers in 2014: selection by Elle Decor

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Pale mocha walls are the perfect setting for the cream seating.

Pale mocha walls are the perfect setting for the cream seating.

This Tudor-style home was inspired by old Newport but tweaked to satisfy contemporary tastes for airiness and light. Photo by Robert Benson

This Tudor-style home was inspired by old Newport but tweaked to satisfy contemporary tastes for airiness and light. Photo by Robert Benson

Even though Wood admits his style motto is usually "more is more," he says it's important to do a final edit.  "I always try to create one big statement, then make sure everything else is secondary," Wood says. Last year, he created a garland canopy, but kept the rest low-key.

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Even though Wood admits his style motto is usually "more is more," he says it's important to do a final edit. "I always try to create one big statement, then make sure everything else is secondary," Wood says. Last year, he created a garland canopy, but kept the rest low-key.

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