“if we go too far with this,
it becomes staid or impersonal”
On either side of the room, anchoring an 18th century
Aubusson carpet, are two mirror-image sofas in a
soft, coral salmon fabric with golden thread running
through, very nearly the reverse of the drapery. Paired
with one sofa are two Louis XVI giltwood chairs,
reupholstered with a hand-loomed silk leopard print.
“Animal prints were used in the 18th century, though
they used the real thing,” Eubanks says. “Here it revives
and lifts the room with that little bit of the exotic.
This way the room doesn’t end up taking itself too
seriously.” Combined with the other sofa are two 1930s
French fully upholstered chairs, bedecked in a more
contemporary floral silk. On one side, an 18th century
specimen marble tabletop of Italian marble, lapis lazuli
and onyx is commandeered into a coffee table, with
a bronze base fashioned by designer Robert Metzger.
On the other, a George III-inspired table of ornately
carved gold-painted wood and glass.
No detail escapes scrutiny. So for those guests not
facing the ocean: a glorious Coromandel lacquer screen
with a deep, dark chocolate background and splashes
of the greens, melons and yellows that are integral to
the rest of the room. In all, two areas of distinct visual
interest that work as a harmonious whole.
For this Palm Beach resident who loves the period,
18th century France is just a front door away c William
R. Eubanks, William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc.,
400 Hibiscus Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 561.805.9335; 40
East 63rd Street, Suite 2, New York, NY 212.753.1842;
174 Collins Street, Suite 101, Memphis, TN 901.452.6975