Sometimes a small home can have the biggest ideas. Interior designer Katie O’Neal and Betsy Anderson of Betsy Anderson Interiors were tasked with redoing a 1,500-square-foot condo in Raleigh, North Carolina for homeowner Lee Williams. Lee’s previous house was quite a bit larger at 5,000 square feet, so part of the process was to select her best items, but purchase new things when it made sense.
Before they could begin with furnishings, the designers needed to remodel the 1970s condo. “We removed all the elements that were dated and stale and put a new plan in place,” says Katie. The kitchen was completely gutted, the new version now fresh and white. Out went some dated built-ins and wet bar, while in went some crown molding. As one major space-builder, doors were removed from a closet to create an additional niche for a home office.
Simplicity, sophistication and a clean color story became the driving goals for the home. “We began with color,” says Katie, “specifically all-white walls in Benjamin Moore’s ‘Simply White’ so that the space had a larger look, with an open and airy background color.” Because the main living space of the sunroom, living room and dining area were all adjacent, Katie and Betsy decided to use almost all white fabrics on furniture in varying textures to unify the large area. They then layered in other textures: seagrass rugs — naturally soothing and neutral at a good price point — as well as the accent colors of turquoise, emerald green and peacock blue. Silk window treatments installed on narrow gold poles were hung high above the windows below the newly installed crown molding, an elegant touch that sets the tone for the whole room.
In a design world where antiques have played a lesser role over the years, Lee’s family heirlooms have a place of honor in every room, providing warmth and history to offset the white. “The large French mirror and hunt board were important family pieces,” says Katie. “And the beautiful walnut chest sourced from Boone’s Antiques was able to serve as a formal bar for entertaining guests.” Two cane-back chairs bring a pleasing wooden patina to the sunroom, while an antique dining table sourced in nearby Pinehurst is just the right size as a dining table.
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The designers deftly mixed in new light fixtures and gold accents for some sparkle, with bold art as the final layer of fun. “Thoughtful selections in art and accessories make the biggest impact in a space,” says Katie. “You can add color, contrast and tactile elements that show individuality and an artistic flair that makes your home unlike any other.”
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