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When Renovation Means Revolution – Sleek & Modern Meets Beachfront

November 9, 2015

While browsing through the Interior Design website I stumbled upon this article that reminded me of one of our own projects. It is all about restoring a home to its former glory after being vacant for some time. Although our project was not as intensive as this one, they still had their similarities.

We recently had the pleasure of renovating an ocean front condo on Wrightsville Beach, NC to fit the clean and cool taste of its stylish new owner. We transformed the originally traditional space into a brighter, younger, and more modern home. With a small collection of furniture from his New York City apartment in tow, our client already had a great foundation for us to build from. The 3 bedroom, 2 bath residence with a large open kitchen, dining and living room had great bones and views already in place. It was then a matter of introducing just the right colors, textures and lighting to complete the look.
master bed Custom Drapery Panels using Kravet Fabric

We opted to refinish the existing hardwood floors since they were still in pretty good shape and they cleaned up just beautifully! A fresh, new coat of paint on all the walls in cooler grays and blues supported the clean, fluid feel throughout the home.

breakfast nook

The kitchen was our perfect opportunity to introduce some new materials. We painted the cabinets a soft gray and added some new upper doors with frosted glass. We also swapped out the cabinet knobs for new sleek, brushed stainless pulls. The new backsplash was just enough to add interest and texture the small space without looking overdone. With the final touches of glass pendant lights above the bar and 3 new barstools, the kitchen looked brand new.



With our client’s super modern style, a bit of a different spin on a beach home, we really still wanted to incorporate the feeling of being at the beach. The guestrooms were completely blank slates for us to work with and implement this idea. We selected new beds, bedding, window treatments and artwork that worked together. We pulled from a variety of our designer resources- Surya, Precedent, and Schoolhouse Electric to name a few to help us achieve our desired look.

guestroom 2


guest room Artwork from Chris Frick Photography

The end result is a polished, sophisticated and a very welcoming place to live- Just look at those ocean views!
living room

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Lessons of the Past Important to the Future

November 2, 2015

Part of what I love about practicing Interior Design are the resources that are at our fingertips. Years of archived artistic details still exist and are used again by design houses producing wallpaper, fabrics and furnishings. Referencing the past reminds us today of the importance to be surrounded by artistic details.

Looking back in time, these important decorative details incorporated in public spaces and homes were not lost on budgetary sheets, evaluating cost of necessary structural components versus add-ons of decorative elements – they were integral with each project. Even the simplest of structures showed the basic desires of human creativity at work, making them special in their day and serve as reminders now. Not lost are the fabricators of woodwork, metalwork, lighting, and yes, even wallpaper and fabrics in these historic projects. Seeing them today reinforces that artistic details are important in the design of interior spaces, and what we are doing now helps to ensure that this tradition lives on.


This past summer I visited my Grandmother’s church in Truro Massachusetts. It was a community center back when it was constructed serving as a meeting house, a Congregational Church and sitting high on the hill even served as a beacon to passing ships. It is largely unchanged, and a recent renovation that is being done carefully to restore it to it’s original condition celebrates it’s uniqueness and important design features that are being retained. You can see the Paul Revere bell is a treasured element, the original handmade pews in the balcony remain as they were, and my favorite – the geometric wallpaper was researched and remade so that the same wallpaper could be replaced in areas that needed repairs. As an interior designer, I love that the visual details that were important then to craftsmen and people using the church are celebrated today, and brought back to life.



We are using a similar design strategy in a current project at The Davis Community in Porter’s Neck NC. Celebrating the history of Champ Davis, an entrepreneur who donated part of his wealth to establish a center where people could be well cared for as they age, we are going back in time to incorporate decorative details that would have been present in his life time, into the campus of his legacy. We do this so that residents and visitors today can know what a special and giving person established this community, and that this care and compassion lives on by the administration and Board of the facility today in effort to provide the best care and surroundings to the people who will live there.

Here are some of the resources we will be drawing from during this process:

Anaglypta Wallpaper

Anaglypta Wallpaper

Thibaut Archives still used by Designers Today

Thibaut Archives still used by Designers Today

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