“I have an entire house of beach furnishings and an entire house of traditional furnishings. How on earth do I combine them into one townhouse?” This was the challenge we confronted when our clients combined their New Orleans family home and beach home into a North Raleigh townhouse. See the stunning result on 4D.
Combining households and downsizing need not be overwhelming. For our empty-nesters, this transitional townhouse was the culmination of a dream – a “grown-up” home that comfortably fit their new lifestyle and echoed their story of a life well traveled. It was important to reflect their rich personal history throughout the space, while using furnishings from both previous residences to create a carefully edited and beautiful collection.
The two-story living room and adjacent dining room comprise a tall, narrow space with soaring ceilings. Working with traditional mahogany furniture, a pair of richly colored Persian rugs and a varied and extensive collection of artwork, we gave new life to existing furnishings by pairing them with a palette of soft blues and punches of cranberry, contemporary textiles and unexpected touches of whimsy.
To combine the furnishings effectively, we added a few key pieces. A new media cabinet with platinum and mahogany finishes and contemporary lines bridges disparate styles. The whimsical Flambeau chandelier above the inlaid mahogany dining table is a welcome juxtaposition to traditional Henkel Harris furniture, and a settee at the table creates a comfortable reading nook.
Grasscloth wallpaper adds a textural backdrop for an art collection that is as varied by age as by media. A French trumeau-style mirror, hand-crafted by a local artisan, placed over the fireplace is a beautiful statement piece that pairs well with the art collection. Tying these elements together, the tone-on-tone silk draperies fall in a relaxed drop from rosettes at ceiling height.
Using a darker color on one side of a narrow space will give the illusion of extra width. In this space, we used Pratt & Lambert Hudson Blue on the fireplace and one long wall and a much lighter color, Pratt & Lambert Diamond, a very soft hint of blue, on the opposite wall. Not only did this alter the visual perception of the space, it also made a dramatic statement while giving an overall feel of lightness.
(Not) by the book
We arranged the owners’ collection of art to make the most of the tall walls. Taking a cue from a 17th-century Paris salon tradition, we hung the artwork nearly floor to ceiling. We overlapped two paintings over the tall cabinet to create a more interesting arrangement.
The Virginia Gail Collection
510 Meadowmont Village Circle #307, Chapel Hill
919-929-9910 or virginiagail.com