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June 2006


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Character Building

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The armchairs and sofas are upholstered in menswear suiting, a practical solution for children as it doesn't show scuffs or stains. Plus, it's soft.

Across the hall is the living room, a blend of 1920s Hollywood glamour with touches of humor. Coen pulled together creamy armchairs in tufted velvet, white leather club chairs with silver insets, mirrored tables and an antique Swedish grandfather clock.

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"All the pieces are white or silver and designed along clean lines," says Coen, who loves giving her clients the freedom of finding a thread that ties together seemingly disparate pieces. She even adds color at times. Her philosophy: Color should be able to appear and disappear according to will and whim. In the foyer, she hung a pair of deep orange abstract photographs. To bring the color into an adjacent hallway, she placed a vivid orange coffee table book onto a Lucite Ghost chair. When the vignette stops pleasing, it can be gone in seconds.

In the Coens' bedroom, there's an economy to her choice of neutrals. The bed linens are white, as is a curvy, midcentury lounge chair. The walls are coated in a subdued pewter. The only color provided is through the green stems of calla lilies. "This is how I create a sense of order," says Coen, surveying her pale, plush bedroom. "This is my hush."

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