When an interior designer takes on a home project , one of the keys to making it a success is the relationship with the client . In the best scenario , the designer and client feel a connection , allowing them to work harmoniously to bring a shared vision to life .
That certainly was the case with designer Greg Hughes and the team of Knight Carr & Company and their recent clients , who tapped the firm to overhaul their home . Greg says he felt an immediate kinship with the couple , who wanted a look for their abode that blended antique and vintage pieces with fresh , modern touches .
“ They love to travel , they ’ re wine collectors , and they love to entertain ,” he says . “ We clicked over the love of traditional things that are classic and timeless , and modern things that are clean and refreshing . We always had a great rapport , and I love that they have a great respect for antiques . That ’ s rare for some younger people .”
The homeowners brought in builder Buck Nichols , owner of E . S . Nichols Builder , to reimagine the home ’ s layout and flow . Buck enclosed the second-floor level of the home ’ s entryway to add an additional closet upstairs and create a more formal foyer .
Greg took advantage of the lowered ceiling to hang a vintage-style chandelier from Hudson Valley Lighting . The fixture features a corrugated cast metal frame in an antique bronze finish surrounding an alabaster diffuser that gives the light a soft glow . The light complements a Louis 16th-style console and 19th-century French gilt mirror that flank one wall of the entry .
Buck also reconfigured the kitchen and dining room , moving a wall separating the two to enlarge the kitchen . Where a powder room once stood between the two rooms , Buck opened the space , creating a walkthrough butler pantry and dry bar . Greg and his team gave the bar a vintage flair by installing antique mirrored panels inside the shelving .
In the dining room , a custom 72-inch round walnut dining table made by Indiana craftsman Keith Fritz serves as the centerpiece of the space . Greg selected antiques to complement the table including an English 19th-century Georgian sideboard and a Louis Phillipestyle gilded mirror with a soft Greek key pattern .
Tucked into two corners on the opposite wall , a pair of antique cellarettes speak to the couple ’ s love of wine collecting and their affinity for antiques .
“ The cabinet doors are zinc-lined on the inside ,” Greg says . “ They ’ re for wine service — they keep your wine chilled . And on top of that , they ’ re beautiful , stunning pieces .”
Off the dining room , a sunny alcove proved ideal for a study . Greg carried the same sensibility from the dining room into the study , mixing in antique pieces , including a 19th-century regency chiffonier and a mahogany writing desk . The desk chair , while new , is an original design by furniture maker Guy Chaddock , reissued by Chaddock Furniture .
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