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Against a clean backdrop, global accents transform a living room

White walls show off pieces that accentuate the homeowners’ love of travel in a space that works well for entertaining and relaxing.

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A referral from a friend led homeowner Susan Meurer to Sage Market + Design of Newburyport, where she connected with co-owners Beverly Fowler and Jordan Cashman. Meurer and her husband, Stuart, president of Beverly-based Windover Construction, asked the mother-daughter designers to redecorate their Craftsman-style home in Newbury. “They wanted to curate each space to showcase their love of travel and art,” Cashman says. In the living room, Cashman retained the white walls and added a white sectional, creating a bright, clean backdrop. From there, she layered in brass, leather, and wood accents. Ensuring that the space had plenty of seating was key, since the couple likes to gather here with friends for cocktails and board games. “It’s a comfortable, functional room,” Cashman says. “And it really reflects their eclectic sense of style.”

1 For a soft rug with a global-inspired pattern, Cashman turned to Australia-based Armadillo & Co. “I love the fringe,” she says. “It makes the rug feel less formal.”

2 The vintage Eames molded plywood lounge chair, passed down from Stuart’s parents, offers a mid-century modern accent.

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3 An enormous fiddle-leaf fig tree that the Meurers have been cultivating for years fills one corner. “It’s like a piece of artwork in and of itself,” says Cashman.

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4 Once the white backdrop was established, Cashman added a large brushed-brass Beat pendant light by Tom Dixon. “We love its boldness in contrast to the soft white sofa,” she says.

5 Belgian linen throw pillows in muted colors and delicate geometric patterns by Susan Connor New York work well together without seeming too coordinated. “The white sofa acts as the perfect blank canvas for them,” Cashman says.

6 Icelandic sheepskin throws add texture to the smooth leather chairs. “Susan is all about comfort,” Cashman says. “You can sit on them, throw them over yourself for warmth, whatever.”

7 The rich brown wood of the Eames chair informed the color of the stained acacia wood coffee table, which Cashman designed for the space.