Traditional Home Junior League Of High Point 2015 Designer Showhouse Opens

Posted on | April 23, 2015 | No Comments

For interior design professionals and design savvy homeowners, it’s no secret that April in North Carolina means High Point Furniture Market. But wait! This year, there is an incredible bonus. The Junior League of High Point and Traditional Home Magazine present the incredible Junior League of High Point 2015 Designer Showhouse highlighting the talents of many of our state’s most notable design firms, along with several talented national interior designers.

I only had to be asked once to attend the Media Preview and I made my plans to be there this past Friday. I know for anyone who seeks design inspiration that this showhouse will live up to your expectations. I wanted to share today a glimpse of what I saw. My only regret is that I am not a professional photographer, which would mean that I was able to truly do justice to what I saw. North Carolina Design is pleased to offer up some of the highlights of the house which is open daily from now until April 26th and from May 1 – May 3.

The Tudor Revival house was built in 1912 by Randall B. Terry, a notable member of the High Point community. The warmth and welcoming atmosphere of the house was firmly established in the foyer, designed in beautiful shades of blue by Traci Zeller, of Traci Zeller Designs (Charlotte). The foyer opened up into a generously sized living room that also had its roots in blue. Jack Fhillips, of Jack Fhillips Design (West Palm Beach, FL) and Sally Altizer, of Design Connection (High Point) chose to paint the original woodwork of the house white and the walls a Wedgewood blue. The furnishings and accessories, in blue and white, have a wonderful classic appeal.

The library, by Michelle Workman Interiors (Chattanooga, TN) is as formal as it is beautiful. It is a room that seems to encourage entertaining with back to back loveseats positioned in the center of the room – one in a shimmering grey fabric while the other in a beautiful floral. The multi-rectangular shaped chandelier certainly adds to the interest of the room. Moving from the living room toward the center of the house is the dining room, designed by Madcap Cottage (High Point). The wallcovering which John Locke and Jason Oliver Nixon had created specifically for the room is beautifully in keeping with the period of the house. Fabrics from Robert Allen work well together in creating a warm feel to the space.

Small spaces are always a formidable design challenge. When it came to the bar, Christi Barbour, of Barbour Spangle Design (High Point), really excelled when it came to making the most of even inches. Everything in the bar was carefully orchestrated so that it works well from a both design and functionality perspective. Christi created a glamorous look that is in keeping with the time the home was built, with the artwork and accessories contributing to that. The leaded glass upper cabinet doors are original to the space, with their style directing the design of the lower cabinets.

The breakfast room, kitchen and mudroom were designed by Lisa Mende of Lisa Mende Design (Charlotte). I only wish I could show a “before” picture to let you see the incredible transformation that took place in this area of the home. It is now a space that will be a destination during parties and encourages long conversations among good friends.

Upstairs, the master bedroom was beautifully designed in black and white by Libby Langdon, of Libby Interiors, Inc. (New York, NY). Black walls with white trim wonderfully served as the backdrop for the space. The black neither darkened nor overpowered the room, but was rather the perfect complement to the white. Seeing the room during the daytime, I got the feeling that it would have a totally different feel at night – perhaps soothing – definitely a place to shake off the burdens of the day.

Another bedroom I very much enjoyed was the “daughter’s bedroom” designed by Cathy Austin, of Catherine M. Austin Interior Design (Charlotte). In this bright and beautiful space, Cathy envisioned the daughter to be a well traveled individual whose taste in fine art was reflected throughout the room. The room has a crisp and well edited feel to it. The upholstered headboard, window treatments, love seat and bed linens work in concert to create a fresh and vibrant design.

Perhaps this well traveled daughter was also an artist herself. That is what Leslie Moore, of L. Moore Designs (High Point) envisioned in the next bedroom, which she transformed into an “artist’s retreat.” With an abundance of light, this space could make the perfect atelier for the client Leslie had in mind. By accenting the room with artwork from local artists, Leslie was able to create the look and environment she desired. Beautifully selected furnishings from Highland House and the artwork have been perfectly set off by the grass cloth wallcovering.

Nestled between the daughter’s bedroom and the artist’s retreat is the “lady’s dressing room” by Kara Cox, of Kara Cox Interiors (Greensboro). It is interesting how showhouse designers (like the designers for these three rooms) can separately envision a similar showhouse client, and how this can positively affect the flow from room to room. Kara also saw her client as being a well traveled woman with a love of the arts. Overcoming the challenge posed by five doorways and two windows in her space, Kara creatively layered the area in beautiful textures and patterns. Accents and artwork give the room a very collected look. This is the dressing area for a worldly, free spirited woman.

There is far more to the house and I encourage anyone within a few hours driving distance to make the trip. Seeing this much talent on display in one place is no ordinary event.

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