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SEP-OCT 2018

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All decorating projects have a jumping-off point—and for Heather and Saahil it was a tear sheet of chinoiserie paper from an old Architectural Digest. Barfield Thompson found a gorgeous paper that captured the same feeling of walking into a forest of flowers, and, she says, "everything in the house filled out from that place." The colors in the paper— violet, teal, celery, and cream—defined the palette used throughout the downstairs. To add to the lush, botanical feel, Heather brings in ferns for the sideboard and a pair of Italian plant stands. While the formal living and dining rooms strike a serene note, the powder room is a small space with the volume amped up. "I think that powder rooms are an opportunity to create a jewel box moment," says Barfield Thompson, who did just that with graphic Adelphi paper and eclectic pairings. "I love how the sconces hang like earrings on either side of the mirror." "In the breakfast room, a lot of light streams in," says the designer. "To maximize that durability in mind. But the designer makes a strong case that some of the finest fabric is also the most practical, as evidenced by the use of chintz throughout. "Chintz is so Old World and glamorous, but it's truly the most practical fabric," says Barfield Thompson, who admits to having a serious soft spot for the floral pattern. "It hides stains beautifully, and it only looks better with age." Like her mentor Bunny Williams, Barfield Thompson has a gift for sourcing objects, art, and lighting that give spaces an authentic, layered, lived-in look—"a collected feel," as she likes to call it. Some things in the Mahajans' home are from high-end vendors—art from auction houses like Doyle and Christie's, antiques from dealers like John Rosselli and 1stdibs. But Barfield Thompson—like any good designer worth her salt—also knows a diamond in the rough when she sees it, as evidenced by the handsome console in the foyer, picked up at the Housing Works thrift store and refinished. ABOVE: The dining room's chinoiserie paper from Griffin & Wong inspired the colors for the entire downstairs. OPPOSITE: The table is set with Cabana china from Moda Operandi, Juliska bamboo flatware, candelabras from ABC Carpet & Home, and pink artichoke tulipières from Wayfair. 60 | S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8

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