I showed you some of my favorite parts of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase house and that same week I was lucky enough to attend the Junior League Designer Showhouse in High Point, North Carolina. Two showhouses, two different coasts, and some very different takeaways. I loved the San Fran house, but there’s just something about Southern style that gives me the feel goods. It’s colorful, comfortable and welcoming. Like the hospitality that naturally exudes out of so many Southern women, this house welcomed you in for some sweet tea and pie. Not literally, but I would have been all over that.
That lilac with the blue and burl wood dresser was all kinds of traditional with a twist in the entry.
And the fun color continued into the great room.
Is your coffee table a little small? Put two benches on the ends to add length and provide extra seating.
That bay window is great for an office area, and the staining on the floor was an extra detail.
Lots of lacquer and some gold leaf sheets for the ceiling made this closet bar really glamourous.
Bathroom ceilings need love too.
No detail was overlooked in the kitchen. The lucite shelves and cabinets to the counters were some of my favorite touches. Steel cased windows are beautiful but very expensive, and painting your wood windows black gives a similar look.
The mudroom off the kitchen was tiny, but every square inch was so well thought out. Shallow cabinets became a fun bench – because you don’t really need more than that to slip shoes on and off.
When you have a wide hallway, take advantage of the space by adding storage like they did upstairs.
Art hung between windows is always a chic look.
The bigger the better.
I love color, but this neutral moment felt like a breath of fresh air in the house. Some people think a home should all feel cohesive, but I kind of like when there are different spaces for different moods. It makes it interesting for those visiting and a change of pace for those who live there.
Mirrors are often an overlooked element of outdoor decorating, but they offer even more sparkle outside.
The home had a carriage house that took on a younger vibe. This room was really fun and full of life.
In small spaces, try to wallpaper all the way up. It keeps your eye moving and gives the illusion of taller ceilings.
I just had fun in this home. It felt a bit more cozy and livable than the San Francisco house. While I tend to prefer things a bit more clean (like the San Fran house) I appreciate the welcoming feel and attention to detail this High Point home had.
Which one was your favorite?