For this living room, the decorators chose a warm scheme of yellows and off-whites “to emphasize a hospitable spirit.”
The collection of 1960s furniture they used — new products in a grouping of styles and periods that harmonized well with each other — was a manufactured version of the “eclecticism of knowledgeable connoisseurs.”
Some of the pieces, such as the 40-inch square coffee table in a tortoise-shell lacquer finish, were distinctly modern. Others, such as the gilt-framed mirror between the windows, were reminiscent of the baroque periods of 18th-century Europe, when exuberant curves and painted embellishments were the favored style.
Still other pieces in this eclectic living room had some of the spirit of Queen Anne furniture in England, or a classical flavor stemming from Greece.
No matter the era, the room was made for comfort, and to seat many people. It had both a pair of tailored white sofas and a couple of modern dark brown pull-up chairs on ball casters.
In front of the windows, on either side of an ash chest of drawers with a carved front, sat side chairs in a chalk white finish with almond trim. The walnut end table matched the walnut bookcases.
The red, yellow, orange and white pattern in the rug played well with the leopard-spotted pillows and zebra-printed drapery fabric — all keyed to the sunny yellow theme used throughout the house.