2015 High Point Junior League Showhouse: NC & National Designers Tell The Story of 100 Year Old Home

Posted on | March 18, 2015 | No Comments

For interior designers, telling the story of a house that is over 100 years old is definitely an exciting challenge and a labor of love. In the spotlight this spring in High Point is one such home – the 2015 High Point Junior League Showhouse – having its story told by some of the most talented design firms from across North Carolina as well as the nation.

Timing is everything, and in this case, the High Point Furniture Market will serve as the ideal backdrop for the Showhouse – both open on April 18th. With a national sponsor like Traditional Home Magazine, the house is certain to receive lots of attention. I am hungry for details, and so North Carolina Design caught up with High Point interior designer Christi Barbour, of Barbour Spangle Design, to find out what she has planned for her space in the home – the bar.

“Built in 1912 by Randall B. Terry, the house is a Tudor Revival and really is quite impressive,” noted Christi. “The bar is located between the kitchen and dining room and I felt this was an important junction. While the house is filled with stunning architecture, this space was lacking in personality. As a designer, I wanted to bridge the gap and infuse it with the character seen in so much of the home.”

Rendering Courtesy of Barbour Spangle Design ©

Showhouses challenge the creativity of designers because unlike other projects, there is not a “real” client that the project is being designed for. “In the absence of a client to offer their vision, I thought about Mr. Terry, who built the home” explained Christi. “This was an impressive man who was a notable member of the High Point community. He built the home at a time when opulence and elegance of the time would be seen throughout the home. From there, my vision took shape.”

The leaded glass doors of the upper cabinets in the bar definitely spoke to the opulence of that period. Those glass doors remain while everything else in the space has been torn out. The leaded glass pattern inspired Christi’s design for the raised panels of the lower cabinets. The color scheme speaks directly to the glamor of that era – with black and gold making a strong dramatic statement.

“It’s such a tight area and so I chose to eliminate visual barriers by using black lacquer as it connects and enlarges the all the elements of the room. For a touch of glamor, I’ve added gold to the ceiling and incorporated it into the plumbing and hardware. For the floor I selected a timeless carrara marble basketweave, in black and white. The goal of this tiny space is to remind people how easy it is to add a little glamor to their own lives.”

Christi affirmed that spaces like this in showhouses never come together without the help of numerous supporting people and resources. She wanted to acknowledge those resources:

Floor Tile: Mosaic Tile Company
Countertops: Wilsonart
Wallpaper: Phillip Jeffries
Paint: Pratt & Lambert
Lighting: Circa Lighting
Original Artwork and Mirror: Modern History
Plumbing: Kohler
Accessories: Regina Andrew
Undercounter Refrigeration: ULine
Counter Fabrication and Installation: The Stone Resource
Painting and Wallpaper Installation: Dwane Swain Paint & Wallpaper
Cabinet Doors: Archdale Millworks
Cabinet Hardware: Rejuvanation
Brass Brackets: House of Antique Hardware
Tile Installation: Flooring Creations
Electrical: Legrand

For more information on how to acquire tickets for the 2015 High Point Junior League Showhouse, Click Here . The house will be open from April 18 – 26 and from May 1 – 3.

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