Refined Antique Abode

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By Christina Davenport
Photography by Ryan Dugger/Creative Revolver

Eclectic antique finds meet elegant new materials in this family-focused home. After raising their children in this charming residence, the homeowners returned decades later ready to make more memories in a house that had been a comforting respite for so many years. There to assist with the design and space planning was Jackie Howard of Scarlett’s Cabinetry and The Tile Store.

To make the home work for the owners in this stage of their life, rooms were reconfigured and spaces were elevated to achieve a tasteful and layered look for years to come. “This home has such a storied past, and there’s a really heartwarming connection to it for the family,” says Howard. “It was really fun to marry these old memories with new materials. It shows you really can have the best of both worlds.”

Design: Jackie Howard and Levi Clemons, Scarlett’s Cabinetry and The Tile Store

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And nowhere are the best-in-class selections more prominent than in the home’s spacious kitchen. To tie in with a glossy black Viking range, Howard and her team created an oversized Hydra Gloss island, which makes quite the impact against the backdrop of the Pure White perimeter cabinetry. “We did a lot of neat things in this kitchen, one of which is the island,” explains Howard. “Most of the time, you see island storage in the form of vertical doors, but we wanted this to almost look like an oversized piece of furniture or a chest, so we opted for drawers instead.”

Resting on top of peacock paver flooring, the island is topped with Fantasy White dolomitic leathered marble counters, which also run around the perimeter of the room. Cabinetry-style appliances are scattered around the room, and cabinets themselves feature an elegant overlay custom door style.

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Appliances, plumbing fixtures, and bathtub: Ferguson

Cabinetry design: Jackie Howard and Levi Clemons, Scarlett’s Cabinetry

Cabinetry: Scarlett’s Cabinetry

Countertops and tile: The Tile Store

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“This space was very tedious to design, but it turned out beautifully.”
– Levi Clemons, Scarlett’s Cabinetry

On the other side of the home, what was once a sitting room has been converted into a one-of-a-kind master closet that combines colors, styles, and textures to perfection. Striking euro-pleated drapery mimics an antique barrel chair with its vibrant yellow hue. These objects are paired with salvaged hardwoods from an old mill and a beautiful portrait hanging above the fireplace for a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Less traditional in nature are the closets themselves. White Hydra Gloss slab doors feature unlacquered brass trim, and a ladder pulls in additional brass accents with its anchor point and wheel caps. A sophisticated drum chandelier hangs from the ceiling and shines a faint warm light down upon an island topped with the same leathered marble found in the kitchen.

“This space was very tedious to design, but it turned out beautifully,” shares Clemons. “There’s a quarter of an inch between each cabinet, and we had to factor in an eighth of an inch for the brass caps. So with just an eighth of an inch between each door, we had to make sure the reveals lined up perfectly.”

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Passing through a set of double doors off the master closet grants visitors access to one of the home’s sitting rooms. Patterns and textures again come out to play and are combined with some more neutral pieces to create a cozy and intimate space. A suite of mushroom-colored seating options exists in tandem with everything from a Greek key area rug and floral window treatments to fringed throw pillows and a striped coffee table.

After crossing the home’s main thoroughfare and entering the adjacent space, guests will find the formal dining room. A subtle checkered pattern cloaks all four walls, and energetic orange drapes breathe new life into the space. A round wooden table rests underneath a large candle-style chandelier, and six slipcovered parsons chairs provide plenty of seating.

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On the second story, a home office continues with the traditional trimmings. A large, gold-framed portrait commands the room and repeats the finish found on the chain of a nearby pendant light. Millwork runs the length of the wall and perpetuates the craftsmanship that can be observed throughout in other details of the home, such as the crown molding and fireplace mantels. A wooden desk offers up ample space to complete assignments and is situated just to the right of a window, while wall-to-wall bookcases display a collection of reading materials, keepsakes, and décor. Pops of blue emerge from the otherwise neutral color palette, and the lack of loud colors and patterns helps to focus on the task at hand.

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By contrast, a room just down the hall amps up the fun with its use of blue botanical wall treatments. Drapes parading the same pattern blend in with the surroundings, and two twin beds situated on a four-post frame offer up the perfect place for grandchildren staying the night. A built-in bench artfully catches rays of sunlight and makes reading a book a relaxing endeavor.

For more relaxation, guests can head to the master bathroom, which offers everything one could need to create a spa day. The shower and bathtub are outfitted with Calcutta gold marble, and the floor weaves the same Calcutta gold in with a pewter fossil material to create an entertaining hexagon pattern.

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By taking a small flight of stairs off to the side of the kitchen, guests arrive at what is truly a catch-all utility room. This space, resembling a greenhouse of sorts with its floor-to-ceiling glass, serves as a mudroom, dog washing station, laundry space, and more. Cabinets with brass woven wire inserts allow a peek at the contents, and a lantern pendant light and original brick flooring give this area a charming old-world feel.
“This is one of the rooms that we went back and forth on a lot through the renovation,” explains Howard. “As with the rest of the home, we had to find the perfect balance between preserving some elements to keep the original character but also freshening it up so spaces were both functional and beautiful. That can take a lot of planning and foresight, but when it turns out right, like this room did, it has an incredible impact.”


Other suppliers: Shower door: Independent Glass Company | Tile installation: David Hulse, HC Corp.

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