When I scheduled a tour in Richmond’s most prestigious neighborhood I knew we were about to witness something special, it was so special in fact, I considered breaking up into multiple posts because every room is so incredible it deserves its own attention. However I stuck with the original format for my own “type A” archival purpose. Elizabeth was a gracious host, giving me and my camera free range on her spectacular abode. Anne Marie Elles, of Trappings Interior Design, is the incredibly talented designer who is credited with bringing Elizabeth’s home to life.
The first room being featured, her gorgeous living room with pointed arch breezeways and rich wood moldings, is balanced so pleasantly with gorgeous white and blue accents. A pair of custom tufted sitting chairs with contrast backs can be purchased from our custom furniture line and the sweet white settee is upholstered in our white cut velvet best-selling fabric. The luxurious silk drapes are edged an a simple blue and white woven banding to to tie the room together.
Elizabeth’s kitchen is one for the design books, with a generous island, custom cabinetry, built-in appliances the list goes on. John and Wyndi Carnes of Carnes Home Builders were the general contractors for Elizabeth’s major home renovation. Wyndi was the design eye for the kitchen layout; granite, tile and flooring material selections; lighting design and fixtures, and so much more.
A soft celery green welcomes you in the side entry foyer and relaxed roman shades warm up the space and provide privacy.
The dining room is a warm buttery yellow with traditional decor and fabric choices. A couple playful yet refined accents can be spotted in the space such as the library drum table with gold lion feet pictured above.
This amazing chapel room with cathedral stained glass windows and built in pointed arch shelving and curved ceilings is the reason Elizabeth’s husband initially fell in love with the home. Can you blame him? While I love their delightful poufs in front of the fireplace and custom designed nailhead ottoman, the room’s incredible architecture cannot be beat. Elizabeth tells me that the Architect Henry G Morse takes the credit, who also is responsible for reconstructing the Virginia House and Agecroft Hall from historic manors transported to Richmond from England’s countryside.
Even the shape of the stairs has the finest attention to detail.
Upstairs the eldest daughter’s bedroom is a crisp white, soft blue space with a splash of cobalt and citrus green. With nautical art and accents this room is beach side chic.
Classic marble flooring and a pedestal sink with the most gorgeous hardware and crystal legs can be found in the attached bath.
The second daughter’s bedroom is Lily Pulitzer inspired, modern day floral chintz, with crisp white accents and furnishings.
A fun floral print fabric featuring saturated pink, orange and bright green is found in many details throughout the space.
Elizabeth’s master is serene with blues, turquoise and grey throughout. A beautiful built in bay window seat over looks her tranquil back yard.
Downstairs a comfortable family room with vibrant pops of color, here Elizabeth chose to recover her classic furniture via our upholstery shop. She also purchased a new bright red storage ottoman with attractive nail head detail from our custom furniture line. One of my favorite pieces is in the space is an interesting beach wood side table.
The final branch of the tour is a spacious man cave that was once the garage. I was told the renovations this house underwent were at record speeds and from the looks of it top quality thanks to Wyndi & John of Carnes Home Builders. Anne Marie Elles of Trappings Interior Design (email her!) also did a stand up job assisting Elizabeth with substantial interior design decisions in a house that Richmond is lucky to have.
Thank you so much to Elizabeth for the inspiration.