Designer Alexa Hampton’s living room, called “Olympia Folly,” exudes neoclassicist style with fabric-draped walls and a ceiling painted by Chuck Fischer to look as if it was tented. She merged rich fabrics and patterns, including animal skin, along with temple artwork, a Klismos chair and even a Roman helmet. The room was in the 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York City.
French touches give this traditional California dining room an air of casual elegance. Antique Neoclassical chairs are upholstered in utilitarian leather, which strikes a nice contrast with the toile panels in the living room's settee.
Bathed in natural light from the numerous sets of double doors, the living room features comfortable, overstuffed furniture. The blue paneled ceilings represent the heavens and the neoclassical era of the Montecito, Calif., estate.
From dreary and dated to calm and sophisticated, designers restored the neoclassical plaster work in the living room to reveal a luxurious, yet comfortable space. They removed the old fireplace that was dark and too heavy for the space and replaced it with a monolithic slab of real marble and a fully functioning fireplace that is light and inviting. The room’s lower ceiling lends the space an intimate feel that is enhanced by the absence of a television, putting the emphasis in this space on face-to-face family time.