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PaperCity Fort Worth March 2021

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have little nooks and crannies in the house with dropped ceilings as well as larger rooms with higher ceilings," he says. "All these were intentional to add delight to the house — something that's missing from a lot of buildings today." Designer Trish Sheats, a partner in V Interiors, worked closely with the couple on paint colors, light fixtures, tile and stone choices, bath and kitchen fixtures, and furniture. "They wanted it clean-lined but comfortable and warm, with a lot of color that would be timeless. With five young children, they used fabrics that would wear well like mohair, cut velvets, and wool," she says. Lizzie's favorite color is blue, so many of the walls are painted in sumptuous shades of Farrow & Ball and Benjamin Moore blues, with hints of greens and grays. They selected elegant but durable fabrics for upholstery and draperies including Coraggio, Kravet, Holland & Sherry, Brunschwig & Fils, and Cowtan & Tout, with trims by Samuel & Sons and Brunschwig & Fils. They kept a handful of family pieces including the '40s-era dining-room table and chairs that belonged to Lizzie's grandmother, but most of the furniture was custom- made for each room. The Sells' house is first and foremost a comfortable family home, but it's also a masterpiece of understated design, beautiful materials, and expert craftsmanship — in other words, the kind of house that would have been built a century or more ago. LOCAL ARTISANS CRAFTED THE HOUSE IN MUCH THE SAME WAY THEY MIGHT HAVE A HUNDRED YEARS AGO. Above: In the main bedroom is a pair of Bolier chairs in Lee Jofa fabric. Window treatments by Cowtan & Tout. Left: A quiet moment in an upstairs hallway, looking toward a sitting area. (Continued) 51

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