My own home is a neutral backdrop for all the shapes and colors I see every day in my work. I love wood, stone, patina, texture and organic, natural shapes. When we renovated I decided to black-paint the windows to frame the view. Notice the marble vent hood and fireplaces, white oak floors, brass, and metal cabinet doors in the bar area.
My husband keeps every book, so having a library (or three!) in our home was important to me. The “floating” library in the two-story family room was a great solution. The books are properly stored and become an art installation.