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Old, new pieces meld together to create an engaging look

A full redesign created a clean and seamless flow of color and materials along the wall, eliminating the fireplace as a focal point.
A full redesign created a clean and seamless flow of color and materials along the wall, eliminating the fireplace as a focal point. STRAWBRIDGE PHOTOGRAPHY

The challenge

After moving from a small condo in Washington, D.C, the owner of this 5-year-old ranch home in Cary was looking for a fresh start. The challenge was to make the living room and sunroom suitable for entertaining, while incorporating her current sofa/chaise and other existing accent pieces. See more of this makeover on page 2D.

Super space

The large, open living area includes a dining room, living room and sunroom with two walls of windows. We chose a light color palette anchored by Benjamin Moore Lemon Chiffon (932) in the living room, paired with Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog (976) in the sun room. Neutral shades of taupe, with pops of yellow and blue, allow for flexibility to move and reuse pieces. Soft curves, organic materials and natural finishes create a calm environment with a mid-century modern vibe.

Replacing a dark blue and burgundy oriental area rug in the living room was the key to pulling off the home’s vibrant new tone. We chose a new rug in a yellow and gray geometric pattern that picks up the color of the existing sofa-chaise. Beside it, we added a curved-front “Salonica” sofa by Carter Furniture; its open-sided design beckons you to sit a spell.

We removed the traditional surround and gave the fireplace a contemporary look, covering the hearth and surround in a 4-inch slate-look tile with a slight shimmer. A grouping of shelves and cabinets by Hurtado in a matte-walnut finish envelops the hearth, creating a strong, contemporary focal point.

The circular pattern of the one-of-a-kind acacia wood cocktail table by Phillips Collection was selected to complement the bold pattern in the area rug. With a range of natural tones in the tabletop, it was easy to incorporate other furnishings in various wood tones. Lamps in wood and metal finishes blend quietly into the surroundings.

A large collection of photos, original paintings and prints was re-matted, re-framed and hung throughout the home – with the addition of three key pieces reflecting the homeowner’s love of handcrafted, original art. In the living room, seven custom-designed glass platters above the sofa were fabricated by Doug Frates Glass. Recessed wall-wash ceiling lights were installed on a dimmer to show off the glass at its best. A custom-made “Tree of Life” sculpture of inlaid turquoise in ironwood by Larry Favorite of Mebane hangs on the dining room wall, and a multicolored piece of art glass adorns the bar between the living and sun rooms.

Tailored valances in a light gray fabric add softness to the living room windows, without distracting from the beauty of the rest of the space. At the sunroom window, a soft drape of yellow and white floral fabric on a gray field, hanging from crystal finials, accomplishes the same.

The result is a home that feels bright and fresh, provides comfortable and relaxing areas for hosting friends, and perfectly mirrors the homeowner’s cheerful personality.

Terrific trick

Re-imagine old furnishings to give your home a new look. We replaced the glass top in a coffee table with a slab of kidney-shaped granite and moved the piece from the living room to the sun room. Local granite fabricators often have remnants that are ideal for such a project. A black media shelf got a coat of yellow paint and cocoa brown accents on inside panels. Coated with flooring-grade polyurethane for durability, it now displays plants and accessories in the sun room.

(Not) by the book

A fireplace is a key design element. Instead of settling for what you’ve got, personalize by replacing the current mantel, legs, surround and even that old marble hearth. Source a new mantel locally, have one made, or go with colorful tile or a neutral slate with a beautiful mantel shelf above.

Colorful Concepts Interior Design

6310 Terra Verde Drive #359, Raleigh

919-846-8281 or colorfulconceptsinteriordesign.com