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Formal Living Room Design

Family heirlooms and bright accents make this traditional living room anything but stuffy.

The former Victorian semi of Tommy Smythe, associate designer with Sarah Richardson Design and co-star of HGTV's Sarah's Cottage and Sarah's House, was defined by its striking mix of darks and lights, and ornate and demure pieces. In the living room, the symmetrical placement of chairs, demilune console tables, lamps and floral arrangements lends a feeling of formality. A daybed, which provides seating on two sides, stands in for the typical sofa. The antique lantern (part of a set) once hung in the hallway of Tommy's childhood home.

See more of Tommy's houses, from past to present, in our gallery.

  • Photographer: Ted Yarwood
  • Source: House & Home January 2006 issue
  • Products: Demilune tables, Decorum Decorative Finds; lamps, Of Things Past; marble mantle, Patina; daybed, Sarah Richardson Designs; mirror, Ritchie's Auctioneers & Appraisers; floor lamp, Ridpath's Fine Furniture; wing chair upholstery, pillow fabric (on daybed), Brunschwig & Fils; wall colour, Gray Moire (33-30), Pratt & Lambert; trim, Pointing (2003), Farrow & Ball.

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