Floating shelves provide storage without visually eating up space.
To create a sense of escapism in this small study, designer Timothy Mather reworked it to feel like a 1930s luxury ocean liner or yacht. To maintain the illusion of being at sea, he concealed the original paned window with back-painted glass with a translucent “porthole” on it. To amplify the light from a skylight above, he applied aluminum-leaf squares to the walls; the pale blue paint underneath softens the effect. A Jean-Michel Frank-inspired daybed upholstered in caramel ostrich-look vinyl is topped with a plush silk railroad-quilted cushion.