In the dining room of a Los Angeles house, designer Peter Dunham hung hand-painted wallpaper copied from a paper given to legendary designer Nancy Lancaster by the king of Sweden.
The climbing greenery wallcovering gives height to the low-ceilinged dining room.
The Arts and Crafts exterior has "a school of Lutyens" appearance and English garden landscaping.
The entry's intricately patterned 19th-century Caucasian carpet sets off a settee covered in Dunham's Samarkand.
For go-barefoot casual warmth, the living room is carpeted in handwoven apple rush matting from England. Dunham offset the plump upholstered chairs and skirted sofa with his own Bobbin chair design. "You have to balance the chunky and the bony," he says. "Rooms are like parties: you want a mixture of types."
A window seat in the upstairs hall is covered in Robert Kime's Indian Pear.
An antique French bed with bamboo accents in the British Colonial style adds sophistication to the oldest daughter's bedroom.
The master bedroom combines a barley-twist four-poster with Indian and North African textiles for a "Merchant-Ivory Moderne" look.
Dunham's Mattress Ticking has more depth and texture than paper and gives the "weird angles" and curved walls of the middle daughter's bedroom "an old French-attic-room feeling."
A tufted roll-arm leather sofa separates the library into a conversation area and, beyond it, a working space with a partner desk.
A "wildly off-center" fireplace in the corner of the library posed a challenge. Dunham created this hearthside seating arrangement with an antique leather sofa, traditional wing chairs, boldly striped club chairs, and a push ottoman: "I like welcoming, intimate areas where you can sit here and talk to someone over there without raising your voice."
Dunham painted American spindle chairs a vivid postbox red—Benjamin Moore's Moroccan Red—and used French industrial metal pendants from Bourgeois Bohème to light the table and island. "The kitchen is very traditional," he says. "I needed the color and patina to perk it up." Viking appliances.
For outdoor dining, the bluestone and old brick patio features an eight-foot antique Dalle de Bourgogne stone table "that was probably used for threshing wheat," says Dunham, who designed the neoclassical iron furniture.