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.

white color palette

The mostly white palette of this Raleigh condo allows the turquoise window treatments in the sunroom to stand out. “We decided to splurge on custom window treatments in silk to dress up the space, and because silk captures the depths of colors like no other fabric,” says designer Katie O’Neal.

living room design

Antiques owned by the homeowner anchor each room, while white furniture keeps the look light and fresh. Most upholstered pieces in the house are from Lee Industries. “We found these vintage wood club chairs at a local antiques shop and gave them new life by lacquering them in high gloss white and reupholstering in a white velvet,” says Katie.

chair details

The classic lines of this cane-backed chair got an update with new white upholstery and look particularly striking against the abstract art.

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plush stools

Upholstered stools are on casters for easy movement.

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.

chest details

A walnut chest fits this niche perfectly and serves as the bar area. Most light fixtures such as this flush-mount one are by Visual Comfort.

anderson design

Simplified accessories — bigger in scale, and fewer of them — allow the wood patina and texture of the rug and window treatments to stand out.

living room design

“The biggest impact was certainly when we covered the den in a hunt print wallcovering,” says Katie. “All the trim in the room was then lacquered in a custom peacock-blue paint by Fine Paints of Europe, and we were able to combine all the colors found in the rest of the home into one space to make this a dramatic but playful space to relax and entertain.” The landscape painting over the sofa is by Laura Surace through dk Gallery.

interior design details

To create a clever office carved out of a former closet, the designers removed the existing door and wallpapered the interior to match the rest of the den. A desk from All Modern was sent to Stein’s Furniture & Lacquer Studio to match the trim paint as a unifying feature.

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.

pillow details

A lacquered side table continues the room’s bold colors.

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kitchen design

This kitchen may be on the tiny side, but it’s packed with upgrades, starting with new cabinetry that spans to the ceiling. Marble countertops are a substantial four inches thick, and the new range hood is also bigger (yet understated). Gold accents and a bold red oriental runner make this white kitchen anything but plain.

pantry design details

As a clever touch, the pantry door is mirrored, with an elegant gold tie-back (usually used for curtains) in place as a doorknob.

wine storage

A floor-to-ceiling built-in wine cabinet makes the most of every last inch of space.

dining room

A lively horse racing painting by Margaret Kittredge through Moon Dog Fine Arts provides the only color in the dining room.

bedroom interior design

The all-white master bedroom benefits from a few pops of gold, including the starburst mirror.

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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