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A vibrant Japanese maple frames a view into the designer's studio living room.

"The terrace has its original balustrade and carved urns from the 1930s," says designer Thomas O'Brien in his new book, American Modern. "In ways I think the Timidity colour of the apartment [from Pratt & Lambert] echoes the pale brick and limestone colors of the building."

See more photos of O'Brien's apartment in the April 2010 issue of House & Home, as well as in our photo gallery.

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