Whoa! You had me at the entry way, but I fell in love over and over again! Welcome to the colorful design collaboration of a Charlotte tudor by home owner, Beth Smith, and interior designer, Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room, as featured in this month’s Peachy.
I know this neighborhood…it’s where I used to live. I love this town….both my boys were born there. And, I know the designer….Holly’s children and mine attended the same nursery school and we’d see each other coming and going. I always knew she was talented. She even has a certain energy (and fashion sense) that is just MORE.
This home exudes that same energy and, dare I say, fashion sense. From entry way to kitchen and that hot pink banquette (wish I had a place for one of those!), you feel like you’ve just arrived someplace really special.
Notice how the bold colors on upholstery are often in solids? Or if there is a pattern, such as on the chairs above, that the rest of the colors on the walls and curtains are solid? It’s as if with the boldness of the color choices, there is still a certain restraint. Mastery of color, textiles and design!
Holly’s background is very impressive. Growing up in a home decorated by Mario Buatta, influenced by her interior designer mom, she went on her first European buying trip at age 12. She worked in New York City with Alexandra Stoddard and at Sotheby’s. She knows her stuff. To learn more about her and her work, check out her website here.
Hope this shot of color brightens your day!
images: Peachy The Magazine
pve design says
Holy Holly! Love her southern sense of bold color and freshness. It's clear and packs a punch, it's a bit eccentric which I like. One of my best friends growing up had a Mom who would say "Go Bold, or Go Beige"~
The enchanted home says
Wonderful! Such uplifting colors and her take on design is fun and sophisticated, I see a little bit of the Mario factor here but its a much more modern day take on his beautiful work. Thanks for the intro…enjoy the (finally) beautiful weather!
marsha cannon says
I just subscribed to Peachy magazine yesterday! Was introduced to The English Room at Design Bloggers Conference and am loving following them! Can't wait to dive into the magazine! Great post!
I Dream Of says
You had me at the entryway, too. But the color. Wow! I love designers who take chances with bright, bold colors. I see what you mean though, about the restraint that's been applied, too. It's like a master class in color use. And how fun that you know the person and the neighborhood behind this beautiful home. It certainly did brighten my day.
Hope yours is just as colorful! XOXO
Sandy at You May Be Wandering says
Absolutely stunning…I love her use of bold colors. I wish I was that brave! Have a beautiful day, Elizabeth! xoxo
I am in love with those island pendants!!! The art work is so great too!
carolyn bradford says
Great inspiration! I'm so not one to think outside of the box so I love seeing this and can appreciate the design elements! So glad to be reading your posts again!