Formal but fun

Whimsical touches lighten stately Shaker Heights home


One of the light-green-honeydew-painted walls in this living room is lined with framed and matted nature prints that the homeowner found in a circa 1970s Audubon Society calendar.

Of all of the furniture in this living room, the glass-topped coffee table is the most unique, show-stopping piece. Situated in the center of the room, four cement statues of rabbits form its base.

This homeowner used rather untraditional bedroom decorating ideas in an upstairs guest room. Strung across the ceiling on a wire is a nest and several models of birds, the scene made even more realistic with a hand-painted tree on a nearby chimney stack and the ceiling painted a sky blue.



Brass hardware with a King Louis XVI motif, raised panels on the cabinets, crystal chandeliers and an ornate wood-framed gild mirror over the desk establish the kitchen’s formality. But granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances are a nod to the 21st century.

This bedroom features a working fireplace as well as a slew of antique furniture, including this dresser which has a matching armoire just across the room.

There is nothing modern about the bedroom furniture in this space, particularly the wrought-iron bed and elegant turn-of-the-century French armoire with matching dresser.



This living room design dances between antique and floral. Pictures of every theme, including nature, line the walls, while bold antiques that the homeowner stumbled upon are peppered around the room, seen behind this vase of flowers, or that collection of fragrant plants.

These homeowners wanted the sun room design to be calming and have very little visual clutter.

The homeowner found the dining room chairs and table at an antique store and then had them stripped of their original black paint and applied tongue oil.



In this dining room where several different antiques fight for the spotlight and aid in the rooms complex casually formal design, the stunning chandelier takes it all.

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