The Cypress Room

Cypress is one of the species that always imparts a special character to a room. In this case we selected a richly hued honey cypress than envelops guests in a cocoon of warmth.  This is a dining space I did a few years ago for a lovely couple in the New York area. The cypress was located in South Carolina near one of their vacation homes. I intentionally designed the room in a strong English flavor to compliment the architecture of the dwelling. Hand-craftsmanship was critical to the simplicity of the room. It remains one of my favorite spaces. 

Designed when I was Principal of Hotel & Home at Glave & Holmes Architecture, a small regional firm in Virginia. Photography by Ansel Olson.  

 This dining room became the cypress room for clients who also owned a house in the low country of south Carolina. the fret work design is from a 16th century English house. The rug is by Stark Carpets, the chandelier is by Ironwork International. Colfax & Fowler is at the windows and completes the look. 

This dining room became the cypress room for clients who also owned a house in the low country of south Carolina. the fret work design is from a 16th century English house. The rug is by Stark Carpets, the chandelier is by Ironwork International. Colfax & Fowler is at the windows and completes the look. 

 the inglenook during the install. Accessories not yet unpacked. sconces are by David Iatesta. Chairs are by Hickory Chair. the honey cypress truly glows in this image. 

the inglenook during the install. Accessories not yet unpacked. sconces are by David Iatesta. Chairs are by Hickory Chair. the honey cypress truly glows in this image. 

 There is a great joy in putting the final pieces in place! Firescreen is by Brad Robinson, one of my favorite blacksmiths. A collection of pewter tea pots became a passion of the owner.  

There is a great joy in putting the final pieces in place! Firescreen is by Brad Robinson, one of my favorite blacksmiths. A collection of pewter tea pots became a passion of the owner.