New game plan for a billiard room

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October 1, 2022

A retro billiard room designed by Wendy Fennel.

A retro billiard room

by Cathy Martin | photographs by Stan Fadyukhin

Who uses a formal dining room anymore? That was the question on Wendy Fennell’s mind when her clients asked her to design a billiard room in the (previously unused) dining room of their SouthPark home. 

The homeowners had already purchased a Pharoah custom pool table — they brought in Fennell, lead designer at Bohemian Bungalow Design, to transform the rest of the space. 

Since the pool table was made specially for the room, it took up a lot of space. “There wasn’t room left for additional furniture pieces, so anything else I brought in had to be special and intentional,” the designer says.

Door frame of the billiard room

“The room just screamed Rat Pack to me, and I could envision Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. shooting pool and sipping martinis — so that was my design inspiration for the space.”

For the walls, Fennell chose a Phillip Jeffries wood-veneer pattern wallpaper. The dramatic floor-to-ceiling fireplace surround was fashioned from pieces of black slab porcelain from Palmetto Tile. The abstract rug is from Jaipur Living. 

With so few design elements in the space, lighting was key. “It was very important to honor the beautiful craftsmanship of the pool table, so the new chandelier had to be a showstopper,” Fennell says. The midcentury modern fixture with glass orbs is from Visual Comfort’s Tech Lighting. Wall sconces from Visual Comfort’s Kelly Wearstler collection flank a wide mirror from Uttermost. The fireplace sconces are by Regina Andrew.  SP

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