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Passionate About Patterns

Luxurious Fabrics Flourish in a Ladue Home
Story by Kimberly Leydig - Photography by Anne Matheis
St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles August 2003



Sew Soft Inc. Drapery Workroom

The two women excelled at coupling feminine charm and masculine strength.

Enter the client's dining room,where pale sage hand-tied bows criscross the walls with the grace of a prima ballerina gliding across the stage at the Fox Theatre. These silken ribbons serve as a soft backdrop for the room's sprawling Maitland Smith table, which sits atop an F. Schumacher & Co. rug featuring apple-green vines encir- cling roses with pale pink and bright magenta petals.

An ornate crystal chandelier.....

sets the stage for the matching antique mirrors that hang against the delicate handmade paper cloaking the walls. The bold damask fabric of the dining room chairs and the dark, impressive furniture, temper the room's feminine accents.

In design, balance is critical. And from room to room, the softness of the home's color palette--buttercup yellows, pale pinks and warm greens -- greets the grandeur of French antique furniture and the rougher, natural texture of sisal rugs. "It's intuition," Janice says of herstyle."It's so easy to overdo a room. The key is knowing when to stop."

Balancing Act

Like a master vintner senses the perfect hint of oak in a fine Cabernet or a chef adds justthe right amount of cayenne to a Southwestern dish, interior designer Janice Rohan blends opposites and balances elements. "Finding the right mix of subtle and powerful flavorsis what creates a richand balanced design." she says.

Start with one thing...

A lovely rug, a favorite fabric, an antique table, a retro couch--and let that be your guide. Next, no matter if your taste leans toward organic botanicals orgeometric designs, pay close attention to scaleif you mix patterns. "You don't wantthe scale of everything to be the same." Janice warns. "Let one fabric (with the largest pattern) have the dominant role."

The two women excelled at coupling feminine charm and masculine strength.

Enter the client's dining room,where pale sage hand-tied bows criscross the walls with the grace of a prima ballerina gliding across the stage at the Fox Theatre. These silken ribbons serve as a soft backdrop for the room's sprawling Maitland Smith table, which sits atop an F. Schumacher & Co. rug featuring apple-green vines encir- cling roses with pale pink and bright magenta petals.

Fabric for a beautiful piece of furniture merits special consideration.

"Opt for a smaller pattern to emphasize the architecture and accent lines. Or cover the furniture in a solid fabric with a rich texure, such as a velvety mohair or a silky weave," Janice advises.

And, most importantly, be sure to choose a fabric you expect to love for a long, long time.

- KL