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The Importance of Light


This Cotswold Revival home, built in the 1920s, had classic lines — and classic spaces, meaning too small and too dark. Interior designer Arthur Dunnam set out to bring light into the house, “which had been a bit dark and gloomy,” he told

And did he ever succeed. Large French casements (above) and French doors, all by Marvin, opened up the space to light and improved the traffic flow through the home. In one area, Dunnam actually removed an existing set of French doors and replaced them with an arched window, creating a quieter space that serves as a seating and social area. Richly textured fabrics and period furnishings complete the lighter, airier look.

One piece we’re curious about is a gilt iron coffee table covered in resin-coated goat parchment. Now that’s something you don’t run across every day. Click through to the article for a slide show of this beautiful home.

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