Cypress paneling creates a sense of warmth and tradition in the study, but the room is filled with contemporary touches. The interior decorator fitted the richly colored draperies with grommets that slip over iron rods. She also secured the wool rug to antique heart-pine flooring with handsome brass tacks. Then she finished the space with a modern, drafting table–style desk; the polished chrome base supports a sleek glass top. Even the ceiling fan provides an element of surprise with unusual silk blades.