Color Happy at the Traditional Home Charleston Showhouse
I have to share a few of my favorite bright and beautiful spaces from the Southern Style Now Traditional Home showhouse.
Fresh twists on traditional looks rule the day at our 2018 Southern Style Now Designer Showhouse in historic Charleston, presented in concert with Robert Leleux.
Written by Sally Finder Weepie and Clara Haneberg with Tara Larson / Photography by Katie Charlotte Fiedler
Parlor I wanted the parlor to feel like Charleston, but in an unexpected way,” Lexington, Kentucky, designer Matthew Carter says. “I loved the idea of really beautiful antique furniture mixed with more casual fabrics, like the small print on the linen curtains, then setting everything on fire with a really acidic and intense wall color: Benjamin Moore’s ‘Chartreuse.’ ” A thoughtful assemblage of furniture pieces in bright, fresh upholstery encourages hours of convivial conversation by the fire.
Ladies’ Drawing Room Atlanta designer Mallory Mathison Glenn envisioned this room as a retreat for repose, reading, and revelry—dignified revelry, of course. To create the perfect envelope, she called on Benjamin Moore’s “Claret.” “It’s a pleasing coral that gives a warm glow to the pretty faces of ladies playing cards, taking afternoon tea, or penning correspondence,” Glenn says. For a collected feel, she incorporated a variety of contemporary artworks along with French and English antiques, chinoiserie, and blanc de Chine. Old pieces comfortably commingle with new Wesley Hall club chairs dressed in a lively animal print and a desk chair clad in blue leather. “Coral, celadon, aqua, and peacock with punches of citron create a layered, elegant palette,” Glenn says. “The tone is vibrancy partnered with delicacy.”
Leopard’s Den Cozy was the goal for this dormer bedroom designed by Angie Hranowsky—cozy with sexy sass, that is. For softness, the Charleston designer enveloped the room in upholstery. “Using a single fabric disguises the angles and pitches created by the gable roof and makes the room more intimate,” Hranowsky says. Because the Rose Cumming fabric is pink leopard print, it also “turns up the volume a bit,” Hranowsky says. She called on a mix of prints and colorways for upholstery, drapery, and pillow fabrics to achieve a collected look. It suits her mélange of furniture pieces, all antique and vintage finds that she refreshed with new fabric. Benjamin Moore’s “Black Raspberry” paint on the window frame, bookcase, trim, and doors connects to the hues of a chair cushion and a Christopher Spitzmiller lamp. “I chose the purple paint color for its unexpectedness and to keep with the warm pink and red tones,” Hranowsky says. “The deep purple, garnet red, and rich greens also make the palette feel adult—I didn’t want the room, with its primarily pink fabric, to feel like a little girl’s space.” An abaca rug adds texture to the room without competing with the patterned fabrics
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