It was this penchant for simple and serene that guided the house hunt for Kathryn and her husband, Tom, as they moved their young family from California to North Carolina in August 2010. It only took three months for Kathryn to infuse her impeccable style, and soon the transformation revealed a polished palette anchored by treasured pieces, such as furniture and accessories passed down in their family or acquired from decades of travel.
The family’s dining room is designed around sentimental antiques. A 19th-century French buffet was purchased at an auction during a Vermont vacation, while the table is a handcrafted heirloom gifted to Kathryn by her aunt. A monochromatic white and chocolate brown palette makes entertaining easy. “You have tons of flexibility with this color scheme, as you can add flowers and bold table settings as you need.” A geometric wallpaper in the dining room rounds out the space, blending old and new in a fresh way.