Peachy the Magazine December 2013 - Page 51

INTERIORS North Greets South Artful Design on the Move A A passion for collecting and the art of restraint have always dictated my furniture selections. These came as a blessing when on the third day of a long-awaited install into a newly renovated home in Charlotte, North Carolina, I was told that the client had accepted a job in New York. An inventory list of the contents of the house had to be prepared for the move the following week. In addition, the couple was going on vacation for three weeks and would be returning to their newly leased 3,400 square-foot town home in Manhattan. After two years of passionate work and endless hours of editing, the completion of the project never came to fruition, and neither the client nor our firm would ever see the results of our collaborative labor of love. Our clients would never enjoy evenings of candlelit dinners in the chocolate lacquered dining room WRITTEN BY Aida Saul EDITED BY Nicole Crews PHOTOGRAPHY BY Brianne Williams or casual meals in the pecky cypressclad wine room. The couple’s daughter would never forge childhood memories in the home we had so thoughtfully designed with her in mind. With melancholia, I headed back to the drawing board with a determination that our past year’s work would be just as relevant in their New York town house. With architectural plans in hand and the inventory list complete, it was time to undertake the challenges of working within the constraints of an existing space. We couldn’t make any modifications to the architecture and where had to work with endless restrictions (all changes had to be approved by the building’s board). Once I was resolved to working with white walls and a new architectural details, I set about to imagine this couple with a young child living in Manhattan. DECEMBER 2013 51