Ashli Mizzell Makes Leather the Focal Point

The interior designer gave a bachelor’s comfortable sectional a prominent place in his Gladwyne home.

Interior designer Ashli Mizell tried something different with this Gladwyne living 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 could relax 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 of the entire space,” she says. 

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Situated on the banks of the Schuylkill River, the home’s natural surroundings were also an inspiration. The sectional is paired with a 1940s club chair upholstered in gold silk velvet. Shelves are filled with books that reflect the owner’s interests—photography, music and 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 would highlight those interesting objects and allow 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 splashy and that everything you interact with has a high-level tactile experience associated with it,” Mizell says.

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