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his 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.

We altered mass-produced blueprints adding windows, transoms, and oversized doors, and made sure each room could accommodate and showcase her prized antiques.

Together 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 mid-nineteenth century.

We 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.

he master 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.
Across the 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.
The master 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.
Adding 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 youthful aspect.
The dining 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.
The robins 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).






The daughter's bathroom shows a more light-hearted approach to vintage style.  A Venetian mirror, capodimonte 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.


















We 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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