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her mother for their 40th wedding anniversary. The wallpaper's pink flowers inspired the pale-pink hue for the dining-room ceiling, which is painted in Benjamin Moore's Old Country. Pink is a flattering color, and Minton enveloped the living room in it, including the ceiling. "I always paint the ceiling the same color as the walls, because it makes the room more intimate — and prettier," Minton says. As it happens, the apartment's cream stone floors also have hints of pink, so it all ties together. Minton used the client's antique oriental rugs to delineate multiple seating areas in the living room. A nine-foot sofa, lavishly covered in Italian silk velvet tiger stripe, has been in the client's various homes for years. "It has stood up to six grandchildren and In the living room, a nine-foot sofa is upholstered in Italian silk velvet tiger stripe. The marble fireplace was in the homeowner's previous house, and Minton designed a wood arch with Italian glass to go above it. Walls and ceiling are painted in Benjamin Moore's Old Country. Opposite: A custom banquette designed by Minton creates a cozy conversation nook. lots of entertaining, and it still looks great," she says. Minton also devised a cozy conversation nook in a corner of the room, with custom banquette and a vintage zebra hide underfoot. The client is clearly fond of animal patterns — there are leopard-print pillows on some of the chairs — but they all harmonize. "To me, animal prints are the same as florals," Minton says. "They are celebrating animals, just like floral prints celebrate flowers." Glimpsed from the whisper- pink living room is the dazzling red library, which the client wanted recreated exactly as it was in her previous home. The library, which has a red-lacquered ceiling and fireplace along with walls, windows, and seating covered in red Persian chintz by Colefax and Fowler, was a challenge, Minton says. The fabric had been discontinued, but no other red chintz would do in its place. The pattern was made famous by Billy Baldwin, who used it to cover the walls, windows, and upholstery of Diana Vreeland's Park Avenue living room. Minton loved the idea of using it again for this project and called Colefax and Fowler in London, who helped him get the fabric printed in England. With dozens of yards of the famous chintz in place, the library is an exhilarating place to read or play cards with friends. "Not everyone is brave enough to do black lacquer walls or an all-red room, but my client went along with bold suggestions and was open to everything — and we created the most glamorous apartment imaginable," Minton says.

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