"On impulse, I brought home all this $10-a-yard chartreuse fabric and some new curtain rods," says Lisa. "The minute I hung the drapes on the windows, the room looked alive." Suddenly the traditional living room, with its white fireplace and white Ultrasuede furnishings, was injected with a bright, lively personality. "It was fun without being over the top," says Lisa. "Instead of looking like just another living room, it had instantly become my living room."
The bathroom remained white, but a parade of fresh flowers in ever-changing hues ensures that the word boring never comes to Lisa’s mind again. "That said, I still love classic style," she says. "All of my furnishings have classic lines, and because of that timeless appeal, I haven’t purchased new pieces in years. This is the same furniture I had when I lived in a multilevel house with lots of small rooms. Yet it looks perfectly at home here. To me, it’s proof positive that classic design is smart design."
Living room Lisa’s venture into colour began with chartreuse drapes. The pink damask and yellowy green velvet cushions came next. A fuchsia lampshade pops in front of one of the many large windows in the living room. The painting over the fireplace ties all the colours together.