How exciting – we are published in the current issue of Traditional Home magazine!
This photo shoot took place in the fall of 2010 – on two of the prettiest fall days we could imagine here in Virginia. The photographer was Gordon Beall who I greatly admire. Gordon is professional, creative, accomplished, focused and has a wicked sense of humor. He brings so much expertise to a photo shoot. You can read about Gordon here www.gordonbeall.com
The client, Meg, is an old and dear friend of mine. I met her when she was beginning to work on this house 19 years ago and our friendship grew from our work together. She is an artist and scholar – a dedicated wife and mother – and lots of fun to hang out with.
The shoot had all the right ingredients……amazing house, lovely weather, fun people, good food, pretty flowers……..it was such a special moment in time. I was lucky to have my assistants Ti and Megan as well as the Traditional Home editor Eileen Deymier – who is such a pro at styling a photo shoot. My great friend Jean kept us fed and amused and was constantly searching outside for interesting branches, leaves and flowers for the shoot.
We all felt that it went really well – and you can see that the shots are amazing. The article with photos and copy can be found in the Press section of this site. Found here. I am over the moon excited about this lovely article and grateful to Traditional Home Magazine for providing us all with wonderful homes and fabulous designers to read about month after month.
After the shoot Meg and I enjoyed one of our favorite pastimes……..Tequila! It just seemed like a good idea at the time!
I thought you might like to see more photos of this amazing house. These photos were not in the magazine and were taken by me – or Kip Dawkins – my favorite Richmond photographer. (see more of Kip’s work at www.kipdawkinsphotography.com)
The Entrance Hall…….When you open the front door this is the first thing you see.
A wonderful old sofa surrounded by fabulous art. The stairway coming down that opposite wall is so effective – you stay in the entry while traveling upstairs – you can look down on the compass painted on the floor and up to all that awaits on the landings.
Here is a detail of the carpet.
Here is what you look up to – the ceiling over the entrance hall!
The Kitchen Desk area……..Between the kitchen and the dining room there is this desk. The cabinetry matches the kitchen and the top matched the original kitchen counter tops. Meg loves blue and has a wonderful old blue painted chest in her family room that she treasures. She had the idea to paint these cabinets in a blue to match that chest and I asked Jeff Ragland with HJ Holtz and Son to do it for me. As you can see he did a fabulous job. (www.hjholtzandson.com) I love the pleather tops anchored with nailheads – they kind of make the desk area look more like a desk and less like kitchen cabinetry.
The Kitchen Desk Area
Here is the blue chest – peeking out from behind this amazing table in the family room.
The wall opposite the desk……gobs of storage!
The Home Office…..At the back of the house there is this home office. It’s a place to work, escape, relax, get organized……..and a visual treat!
Guest Bedroom…..This guest bedroom and it’s adjoining bath are much more monochromatic than the rest of the house. The palette is quiet and subdued and so effective. I have used a Nobilis wood grain wallpaper here and I had it hung horizontally – I love the effect. In the bath I picked up the faux bois theme with a woodsy Cole and Son wallpaper.
Here is a photo of that same Nobilis wallpaper hung vertically – in another color.
Master Bedroom……..Here is a bed that I designed and had built by our fabricators. I love the sleigh style and the upholstered platform. Charlotte is right at home and looks even more lovely than usual (if that’s possible) surrounded by these colors! These incredible antiques from Kim Faison (www.kimfaisonantiques.com) just make the room. There is a desk, a coffer and several bible boxes in this photo. They are all great pieces individually – but together they make this room so interesting……and add a level of patina which is so pretty. The painting is by Bernard Martin. (www.reynoldsgallery.com)