Shop the Room: Neo-Classical Décor

There is something grown-up and cultured in a "benefactor of the New York Ballet" kind of way about Robert Brown's sitting room for a private residence in The St. Regis Atlanta. "This condo building is brand new, but I wanted to create a space that felt like it was collected over time," says Brown, who debuts his window design this week for LCDQ Legends. We distilled the look down into three tips that make it work.

BLANK SLATE IT Brown wanted a light-as-air palette, intended to echo the building's limestone exterior in "biscuit with a touch of platinum." He painted the walls in Benjamin Moore's White Sand, and upholstered the myriad seating options in a range of cream textiles: from the pair of linen Edward Ferrell Lewis Mittman curved back sofas to the velvet Stickley mahogany arm chairs.

MIX REALLY OLD WITH REALLY NEW With the pure color scheme in place, the designer built on the textural layers by juxtaposing old with new: a 200-year-old bookcase filled with antique, leather-bound books pops against the neutral wall, bringing warmth and gravitas to the abode. An array of strategically placed tables adds a touch of modernity; from the pair of acrylic console Altar Tables by Allan Knight to a Mclain Wiesand Mechanical Drink Table in a crackled bronze finish, to a lacquered flip top round table from Parc Monceau.

CURATE ART WITH A TONE An air of depth and mystery permeates the gallery wall, whose moody theme has an Eyes Wide Shut flavor (in a good way.) A pair of antelope horns from Robuck & Company break up the elliptical display, adding a sense of adventure to the prevailing aesthetic calm of the room, while Michael David's oil painting Artist as Golem feels monumental, thanks to its oversized landscape frame and Old Masters-styled touch.