What design lessons can we learn from a 16th-century Belgian tapestry depicting Alexander the Great admiring himself in a mirror, which had just come back into fashion in the 1580s? The bold leader from ancient Greece commands us to mix styles, bend the “rules” and conquer design fears.
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The designers hung the draperies as high as possible to give the room more height. They also combined old with new—contemporary sconces with transitional furnishings and a mix of antiques—to make the room look and feel like it was collected over time.
The muted, neutral tapestry colors provide a relaxing palette in this entertaining space, and the glazing on the walls adds depth.
Credits: Area Rugs: Knotty Rug Co. Window Shades: Hunter Douglas.