When Kate Waltheim from Gordon Dunning They arrived at their new clients’ residence, not realizing that they were going to design a home with which they were already closely related. They soon discover that the dwelling belonged to Kate Dunning’s great-grandfather. (There’s even a picture in the bathroom of her great-grandfather and grandmother standing in front of the house.) The mix of old and new appreciation for the place provided a unique opportunity to furnish and renovate a home they all cherished.
Cate and Lathem updated half of the 3,000-square-foot extension, focusing on the dining room, living room, and bathroom. The homeowners, a young family of three, appreciate the old, good-bones homes. They wanted to stay true to the historic feel of the dwelling while adding a youthful touch. The designers did just that by mixing colors, patterns, and cuts to suit the styles of their clients.
Take a tour of the entire residence below.
The dining room has a lovely traditional feel. It is new but antique, complete with new and antique furnishings, updated lighting, freshly painted blue walls and refinished hardwood floors. Chandeliers and chairs create an eclectic and cozy vibe, while playful patterns on the curtains and rug add unexpected excitement. The client is an experienced equestrian, so Kate Walthem used her equestrian trophies in a gallery wall to complete the room.
curtain fabric: Katie Ridder. china cages: a chair. chandelier: Circa lighting in antique shades. dinning table: Woodbridge.
Kate Walthem turned the living room into a center of attention for the whole family to enjoy. Blue décor adds continuity to the dining room, while cool lamps bounce light off the white tiles and mantels surrounding the fireplace. The designers maintained the home’s traditional feel through their artistic and décor choices, purchasing antique equestrian prints on the walls from a well-loved vendor in Scott Antiques Market. The duo also commissioned the swamp scene above the fireplace to commemorate the clients’ south coast memories.
painting: Jordan Michael. Equestrian Publications: Nostalgia for Fine Art. club chairs: CR Lynn. rug: Caitlin Wilson. chandelier: renewal. cocktail table: a chair. Couch: Lee Industries.
Think: “Winston Churchill but with a cup of coffee instead of bourbon,” Kate and Latheme remarked on their vision of a bathroom fix. They balance richness and freshness by beautifully combining shades of royal green and gold accents against warm brown cabinetry. The combination of antique décor and contemporary fixtures added a touch of modernity.
This stunning finished bathroom requires a complete Reno. The awkward design wasn’t salvageable, so the designers reimagined the space and provided a functional bathroom with a stylish freestanding bathtub.
plumbing: Kingston Brass. light: Circular lighting. tiles: Fireclay tiles. Artwork: Jane Ingalls. hardware: Antique hardware house. Towels: Weezie.
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