In the formal living and sitting rooms at the front of the house, velvet-upholstered club chairs and sofas are grouped around glass-topped coffee tables to provide cozy places for conversation. Finishes and fabrics in pale peach, yellow and neutral shades are intentionally skin-flattering and subdued. “I love subtle color,” says Haseltine, glancing at the butter-and-cream-glazed living room walls. Inspiration for his palette, he explains, came from visiting the Amber Palace in Jaipur, India.
Dinner parties are held in the dining room, where a round mahogany table with peripheral leaves can be expanded to seat 16 and still allow for “one conversation with many people,” notes Haseltine. On the walls of the long room, leaf-green paint was substituted for the silk damask coverings installed by the previous owners to add life-affirming vibrancy reminiscent of nature.