Curves Soften The Clean Lines Of This Contemporary Blue Ridge Mountain Home

Posted on | November 3, 2016 | No Comments

Design is always a balancing act between different competing elements. When the right balance is struck, the results are nothing short of incredible. Today’s featured home is a superbly balanced work of art by the Asheville firm Allard & Roberts Interior Design, led by the creative duo Talli Roberts and Sharon Allard. Throughout the home, details catch the eye at first glance and invite you to linger in every room. The project was a true collaboration between the designers and their clients, who had very specific ideas and expectations. Talli recently sat down with North Carolina Design and shared the finer points of this clean, crisp and exquisitely appointed home.

Images Courtesy of Allard & Roberts Interior Design David Dietrich Photography ©

The home was a new build for a husband and wife with grown children. “This was their last home, where they planned to live out the rest of their lives,” Talli explains. “They thought of every detail, and they specifically asked that everything be customized to their tastes.” The couple wanted a contemporary mountain home and had very specific characteristics in mind.

“They wanted the whole home to have one consistent thought,” Talli reflects. “They wanted it to have a definitive contemporary feel, but they wanted to soften the clean lines and edges with curves. “The architecture prominently featured arches, and they wanted to carry that curved design element throughout the house. You see curves everywhere – in the tiles, in the countertops, in the light fixtures, and in the tops of the sofas and chairs.

“The custom built island in the kitchen has a curved top. It was not easy to add curves to a rectangular cabinet, so we raised the counter to bar height and used a wedge shape. The custom cut mosaic backsplash has glass tiles in a curved shape. The guest bath shower – originally designed as a closet – has a unique curved footprint. The tray ceiling in the master bedroom is curved.  And then, of course, there’s everyone’s favorite feature: the Ambra Carved Stone Tile above the master bath tub.”

Talli and Sharon used the color palette to walk the line between cool and warm elements. “The homeowner’s previous residence had a warm color palette, and they were looking for something new,” Talli notes. “We used gray and pale blue, which we balanced with warm wood tones. We kept the walls neutral, and painted the walls and trim in the same color to avoid creating white borders. This allowed the incredible view to take center stage. To give them flexibility, we added color in things that could easily be changed.”

A lot of great care went into choosing the home’s furnishings. “Sharon was responsible for the furnishings and the décor of the interior. It was a very thoughtful and purposeful selection throughout the house,” Talli affirms. “She really wanted to give the homeowners an all around custom, boutique experience. Sharon took them to the Furniture Market in High Point and walked them through all of the options. All of the furnishings were hand selected to work cohesively in each space and as a whole, to preserve that consistent feel and flow.”

When it came to furnishings and décor, the homeowners had definitive expectations. “They planned to spend the rest of their lives in this home, and they really wanted to be surrounded by things that were luxurious and sophisticated, but still approachable and livable. They loved finer materials, like embroidered silk. But they were also practical – the dining chairs look like they are upholstered in leather, but it’s actually a material that’s easy to clean. So they could have friends over for wine without worrying.”

Talli admits that this was quite a challenging project. “This client definitely pushed us out of our comfort zone,” she says. “But that just made us work that much harder. And, all of the time and thought that went in definitely paid off. The end result is amazing. The house is gorgeous, and it’s different and unique. We’re so glad to have been a part of this project.”

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