Horse Farm Photos
This house is a very recent and extensive
project. The client intended to build an understated house that looked as if
it had been in its' rural North Carolina location for one hundred years. She
showed me numerous pictures of homes in Virginia horse country, so that
became our vernacular.
altered mass-produced blueprints adding windows, transoms, and oversized
doors, and made sure each room could accommodate and showcase her prized
we selected exterior materials, interior flooring, countertops, plumbing and
lighting fixtures, hardware, and perhaps most importantly to this home, custom millwork and cabinetry. This is the detail that gives the home its
historic presence. For example, the fireplace mantle and surround were
replicated from one I had seen in a regional home dating back to the
also selected many of the fabrics used in the home prior to construction.
This allowed us to coordinate materials and finishes. The transition is very
subtle from room to room, but there are actually more than a dozen paint
colors throughout the home.
bathroom epitomizes the style of this
home...simple, elegant and vintage. A small, French crystal chandelier
hangs above a re-glazed footed tub that stands comfortably next to a handsome
shower, unobstructed with the help of frameless glass doors. Here, little
details make the difference. The small octagonal shower tiles are set off
by darker colored grout giving the shower a hint of age appropriate for the
era of the tub.
room, a slab of polished Carrera
marble rests on top of the dresser style vanity with ogee feet. Simple
porcelain bowls, shiny chrome wall-mounted plumbing fixtures, tailored
wood-paneled backsplash, retro style mirrors and pretty crystal knobs
complete the look.
bedroom projects eighteenth century refinement. A built-in bookcase (with high-functioning file cabinets hidden behind doors) is finished with a
custom color and delicately striated glaze. Antique sconces were
incorporated into the design with balustrade-style trim molding.
transoms to all the windows immediately places the home-owners' four poster mahogany bed in its proper setting.
The pale yellow chinoiserie drapes (while historically appropriate) are
peppered with pink, fuchsia, purple and teal, giving the room a fresh and more
room also combines new construction with old world charm. We created
very large crown molding (by attaching three pieces of stock molding
together) and symmetrical, built-in corner china cabinets to give the
otherwise rectangular room some substantial architectural detail. Now,
the antique Queen Anne dining room suite and Baccarat chandelier look as if
they have always been here.
egg blue wall color is both historic and current. The ceiling color
here is the palest shade of aqua and strikes a balance with the kitchen
where the color has been used on the walls. (This technique, sometimes
called 'cross pollination', provides continuity for the two rooms but gives
each it's own identity).
daughter's bathroom shows a more light-hearted
approach to vintage style. A Venetian
sconces, quirky pink sink and pink quartz knobs dress up a tailored vanity.
The polished black granite counter top allows the composition to "pop" while
still relating to the old-fashioned black and white tile floor.
continue to add layers to this residence, scouring auctions, consignment and
antique shops. Now, it's all about the thrill of the hunt!
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