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Shimmering Study

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 framing a translucent “porthole.” 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.

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  • Photographer: Ted Yarwood
  • Source: House & Home October 2009 issue
  • Products: Millwork, Convoy Custom Interiors; floor lamp, Hollace Cluny; Jacobsen Egg chair, Plan b; stainless steel steamer trunk, Kravet Canada (to the trade); daybed design, TM Design; daybed construction, CCI Custom Furnishings; polyvinyl daybed fabric, Ostrichin Caramel, J. Ennis Fabrics; quilted daybed fabric, Tusah Silk (2413), Designer Fabrics; accent pillows fabrics, Diana Blue (34344-2), Thesus Blue (34363-3), Clarence House through Lee Jofa (to the trade); back-painted glass window treatment, Vast Interiors; carpet, Avenue Interiors; wall colour, Harbor Fog (2062-70) from the Colour Preview collection, Benjamin Moore; painting, aluminum leaf finish, Arka Painting. 
  • Designer: TM Design

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