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As one of several residences for its peripatetic owner, this three-bedroom, oceanfront condominium serves as a weekend getaway retreat on the Atlantic coast. Knowing that the client desired a masculine setting with neutral tones and overscaled furniture, interior designer Clay Stephens, I.B.D., and allied member A.S.I.D., created a look reminiscent of a Park Avenue bachelor's quarters. 

There is a handsome mix which includes some pieces from Africa and Indonesia combined with natural fabrics and layers of various textures. In the living room, for instance, the sofa is in an off-white, raw silk type fabric. Throw pillows add an ethnic flavor with two of them in a soft leopard print and another two in an African textile. On either side of the sofa is a triangular-shaped end table of honeytoned wood with hand-carved detailing and a cabriolet leg. 

On one end table is a jardiniere table lamp, its metal stand in an antique gold finish. The base itself is marble while the shade is in an antique gold. Alongside the other end table is a beautiful torchere, somewhat African in feel, with a raffiawrapped burnished metal base and a Scavo glass bowl. The bombe-shaped cocktail table is striking with its antique silver finish and beige-toned marble top. Pull-out shelves are located on either side of

the table for food and drinks. These shelves have laminate tops so they are impervious to liquids or spills-but still they maintain the elegance of the piece with their antique silver finish. Other seating includes two contemporary bergere chairs again in the honey-toned wood with an off-white, raw silk-like fabric. 

Fringed accent pillows on the chairs have a tone-on-tone embossed large-leaf pattern. The wool area rug is an antelope pattern and incorporates the beige, brown, and cream colors of the room. Adding to the relaxing wariyith of the room is the ivory tone of the walls which was borrowed from the cream and ivory tones of the porcelain tile flooring. 

Adjacent to the living room is the dining room which maintains the same handsome elegance. The dining table is again the honey-toned wood with rich carving. Rectangular in shape, it features slightly bowed ends and an exquisite sunburst-patterned top. 

The apron is carved with Romanesque concentric orbs while the legs carry a reeded carving. To create an interesting visual effect, the interior designer intentionally did not use chairs which match the dining table but rather selected chairs which echo the antique silver finish seen in the cocktail table. The chairs have a round back with an attractive leaf-like carving while seats are in a dark brown harlequin pattern.

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This article and images appear in the 
semiannual edition of Open House

Handsome and overscaled, the living room furniture carries 
influences from Thailand, Greece, and the Mediterranean.

The dining chairs and table do not match but purposely were 
mixed to create visual interest in the exquisite setting.


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Clay Stephens Interiors, Inc. - 2014 (C)