For Ware Porter and Jordi Land, December is filled with lots of travel, both for work and fun, and trips back to their hometowns at Christmas. So they keep their at-home holiday entertaining low-key and relaxed. "We love dinner parties, casual get-togethers where everyone hangs out in the kitchen, and our living room has seen its share of cocktails," says Ware. With rooms this pretty and inviting, I can easily see how friends and family feel right at home. As an interior decorator, Ware knows exactly how to design living spaces that are timeless, luxurious, and comfortable. In their house, a Colonial Georgian in a leafy Uptown neighborhood, Ware uses bold color, custom upholstery, and period antiques for a distinctive look that's loaded with personality and whimsical charm.
The entrance foyer is a bright and happy hello that introduces the first of many strong colors we'll see throughout the house. Twelve inch stripes painted in alternating custom Farrow and Ball colors and photography by David Hillegas and Aline Smithson let us know from the get-go that vibrant and confident design choices are in talented hands. The living room is coated in Farrow and Ball Yeabridge Green — a fresh hue that brings sophisticated vibrancy to any space. Rich in pigment, this paint shifts with the light throughout the day and as Ware points out, "The room is sunny during the day and dim and lush at night." At the holidays, the stair bannister is swathed in a garland of fresh-cut Italian ruscus and the elegant fireplace features a beautiful, rich garland of freshly harvested magnolia leaves, blueberry cedar, and red berries. It's very effective in its simplicity. With silk at the windows and mohair velvet on the sofa, the room sparkles at the cocktail hour and is a warm and cozy cocoon for after-dinner drinks.
The dramatic dining room brings the wow factor with exquisite hand painted custom wallcovering from Paul Montgomery Studios, an 18th century French mirror from Sotheby's, and a stunning installation of blue and white porcelain. I love how Ware continues the Yeabridge Green throughout the space and the pop of clear blue at the windows and custom ceiling color is luscious and unexpected. Upstairs in the master bedroom and adjoining sunroom, Ware's use of color is as invigorating and optimistic as it gets. "This is where we recharge; it can be incredibly light-filled and once the curtains are closed, it is as dark as a cave," he explains. Colefax and Fowler wallpaper in warm russet stripes, a series of 18th century lithographs, and a painting by William McLure are all handsome decorative elements. And dapper tophats and bowlers? 'Tis the season and I hope they make an appearance at a swell party or two.
This article appeared in the Holiday 2020 Issue of Adore Magazine.