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Interior designer Rhonda Staley has a penchant for French day beds.

One sits in her living room, covered in classic ivory quilted slipcovers and dressed up with a mix of cozy pillows. Carved finials add that French flair.

“I’ve used this day bed in rooms throughout my house, and it looks wonderful just about anywhere. Slipcovers make it very versatile. I enjoy slipcovering because it’s an easy and less expensive way to change the look of a piece of furniture.

“It’s like getting a makeover, and I can’t wait to see what it will look like,” says Staley. “Some of my furniture I’ve had for 35 years or more. I fall in love with a piece, and I love repurposing things and moving furniture pieces from room to room when I need a change.”

Her love for collected and European style is evident throughout the 2,800 square-foot townhome. It isn’t formal or heavy, but more French country with an air of elegant relaxation. The tufted Pearson ottoman arranged in front of the daybed-sofa is perfect for a tea tray or putting her feet up to read.

The Ambella Home fireplace surround mimics carved limestone and are removable so she can take it with her in a move. A pair of English carved and slipcovered chairs, one near the fireplace and a second near the sofa, creates the perfect place for conversations. The room also is large enough to accommodate her Chickering piano, which Staley plays nightly. She also designed the draperies.

Warm-toned wood floors separate the dining area from living space, just the right amount of space for a Baker Milling Road dining table and chairs and an Italian chest she collected years ago.

“You will never regret purchasing the finest furniture you can afford because it is a lasting investment, but I tell my clients to only buy what they really love and build around it,” Staley says.

Slipcovered Parsons chairs from Ballard Design are gathered round a table with a beautiful curved wood Lorts Manufacturing base and glass top. A Welsh cupboard from the owner’s collection graces one wall, providing room to display china.

Equally adept with a staple gun or paint brush, Staley painted subtle faux stone walls in the hallway and down the staircase to the lower level. Guests can gather around the repurposed round kitchen table that Staley hand-painted to resemble a piece of fabric.

Deeper into the family room, a painted screen provides the backdrop for more comfy furnishings wearing pale Target slipcovers and white-washed cabinetry. “It’s a mix of French, English and an element of Dutch influences in the overall look. Dutch is my family heritage,” she explains. One piece that she highly values is a pine pie safe belonging to her grandmother.

Upstairs the master bedroom is highlighted by a gold leaf metal sunburst mirror from Paragon above the bed and a classic writing desk. In the guest room, the owner’s canopy bed is made all the more romantic with sheer curtains and soft white and pale orange printed coverlet.


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