ARTFUL Living, Fall 2017 - PERIOD PIECE

A THOUGHTFUL REMODEL INFUSES SIMPLE SPACES WITH STUNNING SOUTHERN CHARM.

By Carolyn Crooke

This Georgian-style red brick home was built for the homeowners in 1998 at a point when their children and their careers were still growing. Basic, functional spaces worked then, but nearly two decades later, the couple was ready for a stylish reset. They tapped Vujovich Design Build and Eminent Interior Design to create defined, sophisticated rooms full of Southern charm. “The layout was quite traditional already,” notes Brandi Hagen, owner and principal designer of Eminent, who had previously worked with the owners on smaller projects. “We went to work adding architectural detail along with fine finishes and furnishings to evoke a period feel.” In the living room, the team added beams and medallions to the ceiling. A quietly elegant chandelier, linen window treatments and grass-cloth wallpaper bring a sense of Old World allure, while tufted blue-gray sofas flank a silver-leafed coffee table.

The dining room, meanwhile, features hand-screened wallpaper in a dainty damask pattern. The space’s two-toned paint treatment brings out the moldings on the ceiling. The millwork throughout the home was hand built onsite by the Vujovich team, just as it would have been a century ago. The refresh is especially dramatic in the kitchen, with its enlarged, arched window and white inset cabinetry that stretches to the ceiling and even conceals the refrigerator. The new island features double-thick quartz that resembles marble, creating a timeless sense of heft. “Nothing’s trendy here,” explains Hagen. “We went with classic features, like oil-rubbed bronze hardware and a limestone fireplace surround, while still keeping the overall sense of lightness that the owner craved.” Eminent and Vujovich have worked together on high-style remodels in the past and were happy to collaborate on this project, notes Beth Malmberg, design manager at Vujovich. “When people make a decision to invest in their home like this, it’s important to find a team that can work together and make the process enjoyable,” she says.

 
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