BEFORE

The entry prior to the renovation

In the entry, clean lines and minimal color rule.

Sources:
Front doors: original to house.
Flooring (Porto Beige limestone with Flannel Liner and Dot): Studio 321, 828/304-8258.
Paint ("Revere Pewter" #HC-172): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Hanging system: Rejuvenation, 888/401-1900, rejuvenation.com.
Chandelier by front door ("Cole" #3337): Robert Abbey, 828/322-3480, robertabbey.biz.
Chair by front door (vintage): Antique Factory, 770/455-7570, antiquefactory.net.
Photograph above chair (by Mario Cravo Neto): Yancey Richardson Gallery, 646/230-9610, yanceyrichardson.com.
Mirrored chest ("Donnabella 4-Door Chest" #10311-CST): Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com.
Photographs over mirrrored chest (by Mark Steinmetz): Yancey Richardson Gallery, 646/230-9610.

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Stella-Lou-Bella inspects the living room prior to the renovation.

Vintage pieces mix with contemporary furnishings from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in the living room. Drapery fabric is from Duralee.

Sources:
Wall paint ("Palladian Blue" #HC-144): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
Flooring: mahogany.
Recessed lighting: Lutron, 888/588-7661, lutron.com.
Hanging system: Rejuvenation, 888/401-1900, rejuvenation.com.
Mantel; green marble fireplace: original to house.
Sofa ("Reese" #877-015T); chair ("Reese" #877-005T); sofa-and-chair fabric ("Vestige"/Parchment #102580); coffee table ("Lawson Cocktail Table" #10370-CBT); wing chair ("Juliette" #1148-005); wing-chair fabric; area rug ("Geo"/Mineral #AC10332RUG); sofa end table ("VanDyke Stone Side Table"); pair of chests on back wall ("VanDyke Three-Drawer Chest" #10356-CST); orange table lamp ("Nola"/Tangerine #MG-TG701); gold table lamp ("Donut Table Lamp" #MG-2278); mirror; chest behind Juliette chair ("VanDyke Tall Drawer/Door Chest" #10355-CST); throw pillows: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com.
Throw pillows: Williams-Sonoma Home, 888/922-4108, wshome.com.
Throw pillows; orange tray: Calypso Home, 212/925-6200.
Lighter collection on orange tray: City Issue, 678/999-9075, cityissue.com.
Drapery: discontinued.
Photograph above VanDyke chest (by Mike Smith): Yancey Richardson Gallery, 646/230-9610.
Vintage candlesticks: 14th Street Antiques Market, 404/325-4600.
Lucite chair (vintage, Lucite "Lily" chair, by Irwin & Estelle Laverne): Showplace Antique + Design Center, 212/633-6063, nyshowplace.com.
White leather armchair (vintage): City Issue, 678/999-9075.
Lucite-and-glass occasional table; cashmere throw; candlestick collection; drawings; photography: owner's collection.

Once a closet, the wet bar in the media room is now handy when settling in to watch a movie.

Sources:
Mantel; bar cabinet: McCoury Originals Inc., 828/267-1515.
Paint ("White Dove"): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
Hanging system: Rejuvenation, 888/401-1900, rejuvenation.com.
Sofa ("Jordan Sectional"); fabric ("Cue"/Mocha #102089); drapery ("Carmine"/Harbor Blue #102008); area rug ("PowerShag"/Camel #AC10215RUG); throw pillows: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com.
Throw pillows: Williams-Sonoma Home, 888/922-4108, wshome.com.
Large photograph (by Mike Smith): Yancey Richardson Gallery, 646/230-9610.
Vintage chairs, from left (Danish Rocking Chair, Charles and Ray Eames Chair by Herman Miller, Bertoia Child's Chair by Knoll): Antique Factory, 770/455-7570. antiquefactory.net.

A collection of vintage chairs perches under a Mike Smith photograph.

The painting above the sofa in the den was rescued from the side of the road. "Art really is in the eye of the beholder," laughs Bob.

Sources:
Sofa ("Celia" #1083-003T); sofa fabric ("Mohair"/Cordovan #100709); leather wing chair ("Ashton Leather Chair" #692-005L); wing-chair fabric ("Corsica"/Twilight #2286); coffee tables ("Max Bunching Table" #10245-OCT); area rug ("Calypso"/Spice #AC10210RUG); table by wing chair ("Knox Gold Leaf Side Table"); sofa end table ("Porter Wood Glass Side Table" #10328-STB); table lamp ("Wellington" #MG-Z2223): Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com.
Throw pillows: Williams-Sonoma Home, 888/922-4108, wshome.com.
Throw pillows: Calypso Home, 212/925-6200.
Throw pillows; globe insect paperweights: Jayson Home & Garden, 800/472-1885, jaysonhomeandgarden.com.
Brown leather chair (vintage); yellow tray; art over sofa; mantel photograph: owner's collection.
Hanging system: Rejuvenation, 888/401-1900.
Paint ("Templeton Gray" #HC-161): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
Drapery ("Myriad"/Dusk): Golding Fabrics, 336/883-9171, goldingfabrics.com.

The mantel sports a collection of Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower figurines.

Sources:
Mantel accessories (vintage): several from Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 704/596-4650.

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The dining room prior to the renovation.

A dining table, chairs, and a bench, all from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, create an intimate setting under the Galaxy chandelier.

Sources:
Paint ("Galveston Gray" #AC-27): Benjamin Moore &Co., 888/236-6667.
Chairs ("Brewster Dining Chair" #879-030T); dining bench ("Finley" #1142-032T); dining-bench fabric ("Soft Suede"/Ice #102270); table ("Cedric Round Dining Table" #10332-DNT); chandelier ("Galaxy" #MG-2279); area rug ("PowerShag"/Gargoyle #AC10217RUG): Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com.
Chair fabric ("Myriad"/Dusk): Golding Fabrics, 336/883-9171, goldingfabrics.com.
Wooden chairs: Jayson Home & Garden, 800/472-1885, jaysonhomeandgarden.com.
Parquet flooring: mahogany.
Recessed lighting: Lutron, 888/588-7661.
Hanging system: Rejuvenation, 888/401-1900.
Hutch; vases: owner's collection.
Artwork: City Issue, 678/999-9075.
Mirror sconces: Calypso Home, 212/925-6200.
Drapery: discontinued.

BEFORE

The kitchen prior to the renovation.

Bob incorporated a mix of materials--Carrara marble, honed black granite, stainless steel, and subway wall tiles--in the expanded space. Lower cabinets are painted the same blue-green as the den walls.

Sources:
Flooring and countertops (honed black granite, Carrara marble); backsplash, subway wall tiles: Studio 321, 828/304-8258.
Cabinetry: McCoury Originals Inc., 828/267-1515.
Red pendant lights over island ("Ferris Pendant" #MG-2275M): Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com.
Lights over sink: Rejuvenation, 888/401-1900, rejuvenation.com.
Refrigerators (Freedom Collection, #T36IB70FSS): Thermador, 800/656-9226, thermador.com.
Dish drawers: Fisher & Paykel, 800/863-5394, fisherpaykel.com.
Microwave drawer (#KB6024LS): Sharp Electronics, sharpusa.com.
Main sink ("Undertone Extra-Large Undercounter Sink" #3183); island sink ("Undertone Large Undercounter Sink"#3182); faucet ("HiRise 2-handle Bar Sink Faucet" #K-7342-4): Kohler, 800/456-4537, kohler.com.
Wall paint ("Revere Pewter" #HC-172); upper cabinet paint ("White Dove"); lower cabinet paint ("Charlotte Slate" #AC-24): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

Stephen Heavner is at the oversized island, which was designed to emulate a tall farmhouse table with mahogany turned legs and a custom beadboard base. Red pendant lights are from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

Sources:
Stools at island ("Brewster Stool" #879-026L); leather seats ("Cordell"/Dove #2057): Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com.
Wall paint ("Revere Pewter" #HC-172); upper cabinet paint ("White Dove"); lower cabinet paint ("Charlotte Slate" #AC-24): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
Red pendant lights over island ("Ferris Pendant" #MG-2275M): Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com.
Island sink ("Undertone Large Undercounter Sink"#3182); faucet ("HiRise 2-handle Bar Sink Faucet" #K-7342-4): Kohler, 800/456-4537, kohler.com.

A 1936 Magic Chef range adds vintage appeal.

Sources:
Stove (1936 vintage Magic Chef 8 burner/4 oven range): Antique Appliances, 706/782-3132, antiqueappliances.com.

A vintage Butcher Boy cooler was converted into a dry pantry.

A mix of luxurious textures, sleek lines, and a rich palette lend a sophisticated yet masculine air to the master bedroom.

Sources:
Bed ("Yates" #1173-063T-Q); bed fabric ("Carmine"/Midnight Blue #102310); bedding ("MGBW Modern Linen"); ottomans ("Duvall" #4034T); ottoman fabric ("Carmine"/Café #102430); bedside table ("Hughes Three-Drawer Chest" #10372-CST): Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com.
Lamp: Antique Factory, 770/455-7570, antiquefactory.net.
Throw; flannel pillows: Williams-Sonoma Home, 888/922-4108.

BEFORE

The bathroom prior to the renovation.

Abundant white cabinets and a stunning marble tub surround are set off by walls painted Benjamin Moore "Palladian Blue." The black chest and the chandelier are from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

Sources:
Recessed lighting: Lutron, 888/588-7661, lutron.com.
Wall paint ("Palladian Blue" #HC-144); cabinetry paint ("White Dove"): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
Cabinetry; sheared doors: McCoury Originals Inc., 828/267-1515.
Door fabric ("Sophie Linen"/Natural #102041); banquette cushion ("Soft Suede"/Gargoyle #101800): Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com.
Throw pillows: Williams-Sonoma Home, 888/922-4108, wshome.com.
Bathtub ("Tea-For-Two Bath" #K-863); sinks ("Ladena Undercounter Lavatory" #K2215): Kohler, 800/456-4537, kohler.com.
Tub and sink faucets, shower fixtures (Asbury Collection); cabinetry hardware (Asbury Collection); sconces flanking sink ("Chandler Sconce"): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, restorationhardware.com.
Flooring, cabinetry tops, tub surround, shower surround (honed Calcutta marble): Studio 321, 828/304-8258.
Black wooden chest ("Garrison Base Cabinet" #110286-CET); metal table by tub; chandelier over tub ("Petra"/Polished Nickel #MG-S2256): Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com.
Window treatment: Levolor, levolor.com.

A black wood cabinet provides additional--and stylish--storage space.

Sources:
Towel cabinet ("Cathleen Vitrine Cabinet" #10300-ETA): Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com.

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Classic House, Major Renovation

The colorful yet calming North Carolina home of Bob Williams

Written by Jenny Bradley
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Colleen Duffley

It's your typical home renovation story--besotted homeowners; a charming yet seriously outdated home long admired from afar; the obligatory snowball effect; and a "quick update" that became a three-and-a-half-year overhaul.

While the renovation process was par for the course, the results were anything but predictable. The 1947 Georgian Colonial in Hickory, North Carolina, painstakingly refurbished by Bob Williams and Stephen Heavner, is now a colorful yet calming home abundant with conversation pieces and collections.

"For 20 years, I admired this house sitting up on the hill," says Bob, cofounder of furniture manufacturer Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. "I was just so impressed by it. We were looking for something more grown-up and sophisticated, and this house had all of that."

Unfortunately, it also had an abundance of wallpaper. "At first we thought we could transform the house by simply painting it," says Bob. "But every room except the den was wallpapered. Little had been done to the interiors since the '70s. So, one thing led to another, and we figured if you're in for a dime, you're in for a dollar. Once we started thinking about all the possibilities, we just went for the total change."

Soft taupes and shades of blue now prevail, replacing a profusion of jewel tones and floral wallpaper. Navy, robin's-egg, and teal--harmonious but never repetitive--lend their calming air to almost every room.

In the living room, ice-blue walls act as a counterpoint to the warm wood of case goods and original parquet floors. Dark taupe-and-white Chinese toile curtains lend a traditional spin to a not-so-traditional mix of furnishings. New pieces from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams mingle with treasured vintage finds--a Lucite chair, an Eames-style white leather armchair, and a Frank Gehry cardboard chair. Splashes of orange offer a warm contrast to the cool blue walls.

"It's all about the mix, isn't it?" says Bob. "It's like wearing a pair of jeans with a sport coat or a great pair of designer shoes with jeans and a black T-shirt. It's really about mixing textures and colors and then adding something that gives a bit of an accent to set it off."

Nowhere is that mix more evident than in the den--reminiscent of a moody gentleman's club for the cool crowd. It's the perfect spot to ease into an oversized leather club chair with Sunday paper in hand and a friendly 72-pound English bulldog named Stella-Lou-Bella curled up at your feet.

Teal blue walls, inspired by the home's original blue/green scheme but darkened a shade or two for a more intimate feel, act as a foil for an inviting, loungey mix of furnishings with a definitive masculine edge. It's here that Bob's passion for collecting becomes apparent. This passion ripples throughout the house, manifested in an assortment of groupings: midcentury modern chairs, antique lighters gathered on an orange lacquered tray, black-and-white photographs, bulldog figurines, miniatures of the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty, McCoy pottery. The assemblage is varied and prodigious.

In the less colorful yet equally chic dining room, blue becomes the wingman for once--lending its cool encouragement to the taupe-gray walls. "We painted the dining room a darker color to make it more intimate," says Bob. "Then we added the upholstered bench to break up the monotony of a matching suite of chairs."

While updates were made throughout the first floor--from additional doorways and recessed lighting to a summer's worth of wallpaper removal--most structural changes were saved for the kitchen.

"The original kitchen was a true cook's kitchen--very narrow and really built just for cooking," says Bob. "Now it's where it all happens. It's a bright and happy room, and we just love being in there. It's by far the most used room in the house."

A medley of materials works together to create a modern kitchen with a distinctly traditional feel--a little bit Ozzie and Harriet, a little bit Top Chef. A mix of countertops, from Carrara marble to butcher block, adds élan. The backsplash's oversized subway tiles temper the diminutive octagonal Carrara marble floor tile. Vintage touches (and the obligatory collections) add individuality. A walk-in Butcher Boy cooler was converted to a dry pantry, the original door refinished in mahogany, and the original hardware rechromed. A restored 1936 Magic Chef range with eight burners and four ovens makes cooking for a crowd a snap. An antique Toast-O-Lator toaster, vintage canisters, and McCoy pottery congregate on counters.

"We tried to keep the interior somewhat reflective of the period of the house," notes Bob, "keeping to its traditional roots while making it fresh and modern."

Upstairs, renovations revolved around creating that more grown-up, sophisticated house long dreamed of. "Our previous house was a bungalow without a proper master bath or closet," says Bob. "Having a spacious master bath with storage and a great big bathtub was more important than having a big bedroom, so we turned the old master bedroom into the bath."

The result is a clean-lined closet and blissful bath that are equal parts practicality and luxury. A washer and dryer were added to the closet because, well, "it just makes good, practical sense," says Bob. Floor-to-ceiling cabinets with glass panels lined in shirred linen offer a plenitude of storage in the bath. A jaw-dropping, supersized tub enveloped in marble enigmatically "floats" atop the matching marble floor--the pièce de résistance in a singular space that somehow fits this cool blue house perfectly.

Photography: Colleen Duffley
Produced by Andrea Caughey

Interior design: Bob Williams, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com.
Contractor: Glaze Construction Co., 828/324-9255.

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