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Ellen And Wolcott Blair's Loggia, Palm Beach

This airy living room epitomizes design of its era.

"It's the definition of relaxed chic — a cream, beige, and brown colour scheme, natural wood furniture, stone floor, leather here, cotton there, a dash of leopard-spot fabric, and all that sunlight," observes The Aesthete — anonymous author of the now-defunct Aesthete's Lament blog. The 1930s living room was one of decorator Ruby Ross Wood's triumphs. "Notice the white planters holding the lily plants: they're just galvanized-tin wash tubs painted high-gloss white. Such a smart idea — and so cheap to copy," he adds.

See the rest of The Aesthete's inspirations in the Historical Interior Design photo gallery.

  • Photographer: Samuel H. Gottscho; private collection.

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