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Ashli Mizzell Makes Leather the Focal Point


Interior designer Ashli Mizell triedsomething different with this Gladwyneliving room. “I’d usually do a chair in leather, not an entire sofa,” she says.

The client loved the leather sectional. “He’s a bachelor who wanted a place that was extremely comfortable—a place where he couldrelax and entertain,” she says.

Instead of traditional brown or black leather, Mizell went for a deep olive green. “That color became the cornerstone to the palette ofthe entire space,” she says.

Situated on the banks of the Schuylkill River, the home’s natural surroundings were also an inspiration. The sectional is paired with a1940s club chair upholstered in gold silk velvet. Shelves are filled with books that reflect the owner’s interests—photography, musicand art. “He gave us a good set of tools to work with, in that regard,” she says. “Our goal was to create a space that wouldhighlight those interesting objects andallow them to have personality, as well.”

Walls are covered in a hand-woven horsehair wallpaper, which also finds its way into the adjoining dining room.Layered with up to four different colors,the wallpaper brings a tremendous depth to the space. “We were careful that nothing was too loud or too splashyand that everything you interact with has a high-level tactile experience associated with it,” Mizell says.

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