painted cabinets from Veranda photo by PETER VITALE
Taking a cue from subtle natural colors, designer Shannon Bowers of Dallas, Texas, has transformed her once-dark, two-story Georgian house into a haven of pale European furnishings bathed in sunlight. "I'm a purist," she says. "For me, colors found in nature—like robin's egg blue, light sand and the lavender of hydrangeas—are soothing. Because this house feels so open, the indoors and outdoors are married."