Warmed by a palette of brown, red, and orange, this gathering place is punctuated by aqua glass vases on the round coffee table (preceding slide). In a corner, a gnarly wood table from a local garden shop is in sharp contrast to the more formal custom Pierre Frey draperies.
The warm hues in the living room are accentuated with boughs of red berries, bringing in some natural asymmetry to complement the geometric painting behind.
In the entry, a Victorian sofa with a carved frame provides instant seating for visitors.
“Faux Bois” wallpaper from Nobilis ties the dining room’s elements together. Meg’s collection of hand-carved bears from Germany’s Black Forest region frolics on the mantel. Details on the following slides.
Wooden hand-carved Black Forest bears are playfully arranged on the mantel in the dining room.
A carved box in front of the fireplace brims with oversized pinecones, while a small chair covered in porcupine skin offers a unique and whimsical touch. “The room just works,” designer Suellen Gregory explains. “It’s a really inviting place to dine.”
More dining room curiosities include blue-and-white porcelain that claims real estate in an antique sideboard.
An old chest of drawers with carved detailing is just one of many carved pieces in Meg’s collection. “I’ve always loved beautiful examples of wood,” she explains. “It all started with a carved wooden bear I received when I was a child.”
Hanging lights from Niermann Weeks illuminate the kitchen island. A heavy-gauge raffia on the walls adds textural interest.
Meg wanted to refinish the refrigerator doors to look like the vintage service doors one used to see in homes between the kitchen and the dining room. In place of glass, the couple settled on antique mirror.
Rescued from John’s mother’s home, a mid-century light fixture crafted by an Italian glassmaker hangs above the breakfast table by Bausman & Co. Side chairs covered in a graphic Schumacher fabric set a lively tone.
Beyond the breakfast area at the far end of the kitchen, the homeowners have designed a home office space. A large window provides a view of the garden while flooding the compact space with light. Details on the following slide.
A built-in desk boasts a custom distressed blue-painted finish. The desk is topped with Kravet’s “Pleather” secured with nailhead trim.
Dating back to 1992, when John and Meg first bought their house, coral wallpaper and a coordinating border by Christopher Hyland wraps the living room in a timeless pattern.
A second fireplace at the other end of the living room anchors a second sitting area. Filled with family mementoes, this smaller space in the original section of the house offers a comfortable contrast to the openness of the rooms elsewhere on the main living level.
Gracing the sitting room is a sofa that was transported from John and Meg’s former residence. Textures of a number of pieces—like a pair of caned chairs and an old trunk that serves as a coffee table—are unified by the faux block pattern subtly painted on the wall. Details on the following slide.
Wolf Kahn’s contemporary painting hangs above an antique chest, energizing the room with its dynamic colors. Details on the following slide.
Meg has an affinity for carved wood, and displays examples throughout her home. This is the back of a 19th-century side chair.
More carved wood: The wooden arms of an antique upholstered chair in the living room display carved dogs’ heads.
The Gottwald house underwent remodeling in the 1920s, and further renovation was completed by the couple in 1992. This 200-year-old home sits on a beautiful property near Tuckahoe Plantation, one of Richmond¹s most cherished historical sites.
Homeowner Meg Gottwald cuddles with Billy Ray, the family’s King Charles Spaniel.
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A new addition on a more than 200-year-old home creates lively contrast