Comfortable seating was a must-have for the summer house that hosts frequent guests, so designerJune Price selected plush-backed armchairs and a rolled-arm sofa from Charles Stewart. A bench covered in an oversized plaid is easy to move where needed for conversations. The tree painting in the center of a wall arrangement is by Harry Stewart from Stellers Gallery in Jacksonville, Florida. The two smaller landscapes (top and bottom) are by Dawne Raulet from Huff Harrington Fine Art in Atlanta.
One of Nancy’s oil paintings hangs above the stone fireplace. Leather wing chairs are from Holland & Company.
A rustic ladder propped next to the fireplace displays throws.
The pumpkin-colored antique table (originally used for shucking oysters) complements the green-gold wood wall. The mirror is made from an old window.
The dining room’s French doors and windows are draped with a Lee Jofa linen in an ikat design. The dining table is a French antique and seats up to 12 people when the leaves are extended.
Antique tin containers used to dispense spices were converted into lamps that flank a sculpture on an 18th-century French buffet in the dining room.
The kitchen’s custom cabinets with furniture-style details were painted green-gold, and the finish was distressed. Barstools with turned legs and leather seats are from MacRae. Antique glass cloches were converted into light fixtures that are suspended above the island on thick ropes.
Cabinet doors with wire fronts were backed with shirred fabric for a French country style in the butler’s pantry. “Nancy is a Francophile,” says Price.
A crackle-finish four-poster from the Grizzel & Mann showroom in Atlanta is draped with sheers from Rose Tarlow. “This master bedroom is my favorite of all the houses I’ve done,” Nancy says. “It’s very restful.”
A French walnut chair, originally used in the Crane House on Jekyll Island, graces the desk that serves as both bedside table and writing desk in the master bedroom.
Nancy found the dresser in the master bedroom sitting area at an antiques market; locally grown dahlias are displayed “mountain style” in a simple metal can. A velvet in a polka-dot pattern on the ottoman adds a lively punch. (See a close-up of the fabric on the next slide.)
A good look at the master bedroom’s ottoman. “That fabric is definitely a nod to a more transitional-to-modern style,” says Price.
In the master bathroom, a stone tub backsplash was cut to resemble a furniture backboard, says Price. “It’s a spa tub, but we don’t treat it like a spa tub. We wanted it to be plain and simple to go with the country feel of the house.”
A lavender toile fabric from Zoffany was paired with fresh “Sour Apple” green paint from Benjamin Moore for a “girly” but sophisticated room for the Races’ daughter, Natalie. A tailored ottoman and armchair make for a cozy and private sitting area. This lower-level bedroom has French doors to a large deck furnished with apple-green-painted Adirondack chairs, a porch swing, and a Ping-Pong table that is rolled out for family tournaments.
The front porch on the left side of the house goes to the pantry and is the family’s primary entrance. The porch on the right opens to the foyer and living room. Plantings line the stone walks.
With views like this, is it any wonder Nancy Race took up painting?
Nancy and Kevin Race and their son Aaron with Penny, the Boykin spaniel, on the back porch.
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Lovely Mountain Summer Home with Terrific Color
Pretty but comfortable interiors grace this North Carolina summer home