The Beauty Of Homeowner-Driven Interior Design

Posted on | September 3, 2013 | No Comments

Sometimes homeowners are a designer’s best source of inspiration. To illustrate this point perfectly, today North Carolina Design is showcasing a wonderful home designed by Talli Roberts and Sharon Allard of the Asheville Interior Design firm, Allard & Roberts Interior Design. Located in the gated community of The Ramble Biltmore Forest, this home was a custom new build that represented a fresh start for the homeowners, who had very specific design goals and desires.

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“The homeowners are a young family with two teenaged children,” notes Talli. “The parents are local business owners with busy, stressful schedules. Their goal was to make their home a retreat. They wanted a place of rest that was spacious, yet comfortable and cozy enough for a family of four.”

To achieve the serene feel the homeowners sought, Talli and Sharon created a space that’s uncluttered, simple and timeless, and kept color to a minimum. “We went with a monochromatic gray background,” Sharon notes. “Gray was one of our favorite colors to work with. It’s a great neutral that pairs with a lot of colors. We accented it with fresh, soothing blues and greens, as well as bright pops of citron.”

The overall transitional aesthetic in this home was largely influenced by Mom. “She had always lived in very traditional homes,” Sharon explains. “She really wanted a fresh start in a space that was much more contemporary, yet still felt warm and inviting.” To achieve this, Talli and Sharon balanced traditional elements like coffered ceilings with clean lines, minimal styling and contemporary art accents.

With two active kids and a small dog, livability was another essential factor. “The family really wanted this to be someplace that you wouldn’t be afraid to put your feet up,” notes Talli. “We were mindful of choosing items that were beautiful, but very durable. For example, in the great room, we chose a dining and console table made from reclaimed wood with a natural patina. Its existing character makes it very resilient to damage.”

The whole family’s needs were thoughtfully and beautifully met in this home. For Dad, there’s a stylish media room, complete with a big screen TV, pool table and wet bar. For the teenage son, who plays amateur golf, there’s an outdoor putting green. And for the teenage daughter, there’s a stylish, yet cozy bedroom with a polka-dot theme.

Sharon and Talli note that they couldn’t have accomplished their design goals without the help of their team, which included residential designer Christopher Phelps, luxury custom homebuilders, PebbleDash Builders, and lighting and audio experts at Harmony Interiors. “Our designs could never leave the idea stage without experts who know how to put it all together,” notes Sharon. Talli agrees, adding “It’s with their help that we were able to create a successful design for this family. At the end of the day, that’s what we’re all striving for.”

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