Recently Things That Inspire did a great post about pianos in elegant rooms (it warranted a mention by The Washington Post's Terri Sapienza). While studying all the interiors TTI highlighted, I thought of one that's been in my files for years -- Kevin Haley's living room.
As noted in a past post, his house was published by House & Garden, October 2004, when a younger generation of decorators was falling in love with the idea of modern glamour and the work of mid-century actor-turned-designer, Billy Haines. Although it was super-polished on the inside, what always struck me about Haley's cozy home was the connection to the outdoors.
His 1920s Steinway and vintage slipper chairs wearing Old World Weavers' Seren leopord print are elements I might expect to see in a sleek penthouse, so I admire the laid-back feel he achieved here. It's chic, but you want to sneak away from the office, grab an ice-cold drink, and hang out all afternoon with the sun pouring through those doors.
Maybe this will inspire someone who lives in a little bungalow but inherited a baby grand.
Gardenias and jasmine were planted outside.
BTW: That smudgy turquoise paint color is a custom Benjamin Moore mix. Photography by James Waddell.