Living Room Details

Chests and tables with rubbed painted finishes from Lillian’s Antiquaire line were inspired by Swedish and Belgian antiques.

Living Room Mantel

Lillian August enjoys collecting old garden plans, like the one hanging above the fireplace.

Chair Details

The curvy chair beside the sofa lends a note of Old World charm with a unique finish and a lovely carved wood back.

Living Room

Pattern was kept to a minimum so as not to compete with the striped wall covering. Lillian designed nearly all of the furniture in the room, including the “Stefan Secretary,” which is a replica of a rare Gustavian antique.

Living Room Detail

Bouquets of blooms by NDI add floral charm.

Portrait

Homeowner and designer Lillian August with her Shih Tzu, MeiShui. The “Skye” chest in the background is from her Antiquaire line.

Dining Room

Lillian furnished the space with a Swedish-inspired dining table and sideboard. The rustic tabletop and the sideboard’s hand-rubbed finish downplay formality. The room’s one dressy note is a crystal chandelier Lillian designed, with inspiration from a Russian antique.

Hutch

Teapots and pretty plates are displayed in a painted cupboard with chicken-wire doors.

Vases

Chinese porcelain urns add just the right shots of color and pattern.

Kitchen

The Aga cooker and beadboard walls give the kitchen a cozy feel. A console table Lillian designed serves as an island.

Kitchen Details

“I love opening all the doors and that wonderful sense of light and air flowing through the house,” says Lillian.

Kitchen Fireplace

Sweet country details plus a cozy fireplace look as if they came right out of an English cottage, so Lillian accessorized with English china, potted herbs and topiaries, a framed botanical, and a petite English antique chair by the fireplace.

Breakfast Room

Graceful arched windows scallop across one wall, offering views of the terrace and back gardens. An antique Oushak rug leads the way from the living room into the sunny dining spot.

Sunroom

Lillian screened the existing side porch and opens doors that connect it to the living room. “I suggest everyone find a way to have a porch. It really changes your lifestyle,” she says. Floral pillows and Lillian’s “Theodora” chair with a pink upholstered back contribute to the garden feel.

Exterior

The large windows, architectural symmetry, sun-flooded rooms, and historic qualities sold Lillian on the classic painted-brick house.

Patio

An oversized lantern and large urns around the patio seating area are the right scale for the home’s rear faade.

Master Bedroom

An urn-style lamp sits on Lillian’s “New Thora” bedside table. Glass candlesticks on the mantel were gifts from her son, John Weiss.

Master Bedroom Details

The bedside chest from the Antiquaire collection has heirloom appeal. Its blue-gray finish complements the room’s airy palette.

Bedroom Chair

MeiShui strikes a pose on a Lillian-designed tufted chair.

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Exceptionally Pretty Carolina Home

Designer Lillian August turns on the charm in her Carolina home

Written and produced by Amy Elbert
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Portrait

Homeowner and designer Lillian August with her Shih Tzu, MeiShui. The “Skye” chest in the background is from her Antiquaire line.

Wing chair (“Lancaster Chair”); chair fabric (“Ison”/Linen); pillow (custom); three-drawer chest (“Skye Chest,” Antiquaire Collection, Lillian August for Hickory White); mirror over chest (“Beauvoir Mirror”); vase, left (“White Glazed Jar with Peach Blossom”); vase, center (“Green Glazed Wine Vessel”): Lillian August stores, 203/847-1596, lillianaugust.com.
Wall sconce: owner’s collection.

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