Text by Lauren Eberle
It was just before Thanksgiving three years ago when these homeowners moved into their downsized dream abode. Their priorities were a main-level master suite and easily accessible laundry—which, structurally, were easy to achieve. But since much of their former home’s furnishings were too large for the new build, many fresh pieces needed to be purchased.
Fortunately, Cameron Mobley of Cameron Mobley Interior Design had a vision for her clients’ transition. And with the repurposing of many beloved elements, plus the infusion of French country style, the homeowners were soon delighted to discover that their new house had all the comforts of home.
Treasured possessions found cozy new spots, from a playful Pinocchio that adds a cheerful twist in the kitchen to a 1920 Steinway piano that was a surprise 15th-anniversary gift. In the dining room, easy alterations gave drapes and pillows new life, and an heirloom buffet and an ever-growing china collection remain family favorites.
“I’ve collected blue-and-white [china] for as long as I can remember—certainly before it was ever fashionable,” the homeowner says. “I started with a few items here and there, and the collection soon grew to where there was blue-and-white china in every room.”
Arguably, the focal point of the open-concept kitchen is its striking backsplash, built with a collection of tiles, some dating as far back as the 17th century. Sourced both regionally and abroad, the tiles each have meaning. Little boys, bears, and a golfer remind the homeowner of her sons, while swans, flowers, and a prized Nativity scene tie into her childhood, her hobbies, and her faith.
Other elements of the kitchen add to its stylish appeal, such as the inset cabinets, Newport Brass faucets, and marble countertops. “I love the way these simple, clean-lined elements came together to have an elegant yet still comfortable look,” the homeowner says. Meanwhile, the selection of a full-size freezer and refrigerator duo added an upgraded convenience ideal for entertaining.
Above, the family found the vaulted ceiling to be an interesting architectural element, enhanced by Cameron’s suggestion to have the same craftsmen who made the custom island stain the beams to match. For the open living room, the designer also suggested a sisal floor mat, building a layered look that allows the family to reuse a favorite rug that was initially deemed too small for the new space. This gathering area is anchored by a carved stone fireplace that the homeowner commissioned to evoke elegant French charm.
In the master suite, inspiration began with the beautiful bedding, and from there, Cameron carried the wintry palette to the rug, window treatments, tables, and benches. On each side of the French cane bed sit ornate lamps, transformed from Italian wood fragments found at an antiques store.
Ultimately, the homeowner says, the finished design has provided plenty of sophistication without sacrificing comfort. “People always tell me that our house feels homey, and to me, that’s the highest compliment you can receive.”