Our clients grew up in genteel Richmond homes, surrounded by fine antiques. When they were ready to build their own home, they came to us with a youthful energy rooted in strong traditional sensibility.
This couple had grown up living at ease within formal surroundings, so they wanted to create a lively—and approachable—environment to raise their young family and display their families’ antiques. The entry into this classic Georgian façade sets the mood they were after: A large, bright foyer with a gracious curving staircase welcomes visitors with bright yellow walls, balanced by the gravitas of the detailed wainscoting and large-scale molding around the arched openings into the living and dining rooms.
The paneled library is an heirloom in itself. We commissioned a master carpenter to install the panels, built-ins and gothic-arch trim—a detail that inspired the room from a magazine picture the wife showed to us. The meticulous process took five weeks. The room was then painted in a faux-bois pattern to resemble Nordic pine.
Even more refreshing is the loggia that leads to the library. The tiled space opens seamlessly onto the patio during the warmer months, and when it’s cold, the sun-filled interior harbors the family’s orchids and other precious plants until they can go back out in the spring.
Filled with architectural details that stand up to the pedigree of the owners’ antiques, this home is a refreshing version of the grand Southern estates they grew up with.