In interior design , relationships between designers and clients can endure far beyond their first project together . Sometimes those connections lead to friendships and multiple collaborations . Linda Knight Carr of Knight Carr & Company forged just such a partnership with a client in Greensboro ’ s Irving Park who reached out to the designer to help create a comfortable , colorful space in her new home .
“ This is the third residence that we ’ ve designed for this client , so we have a lengthy relationship ,” Linda says . “ We have a good understanding of each other .”
While previous homes they ’ d worked on together skewed more traditional , this home ’ s style evolved to a blend of transitional and contemporary .
“ She wanted a soft , contemporary feel ,” Linda says . “ Color and light were important , and comfort was a big factor . She wanted every room to be very comfortable and user-friendly with connections of color .”
The homeowner is an art collector . Incorporating her expansive collection — around 80 pieces — into the design was important , too .
“ We created art stories throughout the home ,” Linda says . “ When there is a collection of art , especially similar-sized pieces , creating wall stories allows a greater signficance of each . For example , this client really likes local artist Kevin Rutan and has acquired several of his pieces . On one wall there might be six or seven pieces — a showcase of his work .”
Art wasn ’ t the only thing Linda incorporated into the home . She had worked with the client a few years prior on their second project together , and the homeowner asked Linda to reuse some of the pieces from that project in the new home .
“ With that in mind , we looked at what we could reuse and bring to life in this new environment ,” Linda says . “ She had a color scheme that she liked , so we wanted to work with as much of that as we possibly could . Once that ’ s done and you ’ ve plugged in the elements that you already have , you start looking for what you can add that ’ s going to pull this together . And you want to give the house a different look so it doesn ’ t feel like you just moved from one home to another .”
That process began in the entryway where Linda included an antique chandelier from the previous home , along with two upholstered benches . They then added a lucite side table to complete the look .
“ The entry is small , but it effectively begins introducing the attitude of the home ,” Linda says . “ Having a classic wood floor with hand-painted detail and an architecturally mounted full-length mirror , I saw an opportunity for defining the space with painted grass cloth on the walls .
The mirror was also a challenge . However , placing a lucite table in front allowed for a floating impact , giving the space a larger presence .”
Off the entry , the formal dining room makes a striking impression . Linda built the space around the owner ’ s antique dining table and added custom upholstered chairs from Hickory , North Carolina-based maker Charles Stewart .
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