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The Showhouse at Adamsleigh

A showhouse at a beautiful North Carolina estate

Written by Clara Haneberg and Candace Ord Manroe
  • John Bessler and Peter Rymwid

    Designers’ dreams hinge on two golden words: carte blanche. Add three more—location, location, location—and you have all the fixings for a five-star showhouse. On 13 groomed acres in Greensboro, North Carolina, the showhouse at Adamsleigh was just that. What better location than this sweet spot of the furniture industry, with its famed biannual International Home Furnishings Market in nearby High Point? Adamsleigh—a splendid Tudor-style manor house built in 1930 on grounds replete with tennis courts, a caretaker’s cottage, a pond, and two pools—set the style bar high; it challenged a mix of local, regional, and national designers to stretch, to dream big.

    For the Junior League of Greensboro, this mini-Biltmore designed by Winston-Salem architect Luther Lashmit as a home for textile titan John Hampton “Hamp” Adams—co-founder of Adams-Mills Corporation—proved an aptly grand fund-raising venue. For Traditional Home, partnering up was a no-brainer. The timing was impeccable: Adamsleigh’s opening coincided with High Point’s spring market. Now, as attention turns to the area’s fall market, we fondly look back to the showhouse at Adamsleigh, the magazine’s first showhouse in—and timely tribute to—our furniture capital.

    Photography: John Bessler and Peter Rymwid

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    Stairwell by India Miller

    Designer India Miller gave the mansion’s dramatic spiral stair tower a fresh twist with Karastan carpet that mimics antelope hide. “Animal prints are my ‘neutrals,’” she explains. The carpet provides a modern counterpoint to the stairwell’s original iron chandelier.

    Interior design: India Miller, India Miller Designs, 900 Forest Hill Drive, High Point, NC 27262; 336/580-0723.

    Carpet (“Exotics”/Aberdale Antelope #41226/45055): Karastan,
    Hanging light: original to house.
    Drapery and valance fabric (“Focus”/Orange): Lillian August for Hickory White, 828/322-8624,
    Wall paint (“Noodle” #C412): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Bench in front of window (“Clinton Ottoman” #H207OT); ottoman on main level (“Villa Rica”/Silver #H204OT); ottoman fabric (“Gulfport Orange”): by Mr. & Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture, 828/322-2640,
    Faux fur throw (“Ivory Mink Faux Fur Couture Throw”” #11014IVO): Fabulous-Furs, 800/848-4650,
    Folding screen (“Sidney Screen” #LA82391): Lillian August for Hickory White, 828/322-8624,  

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    Foyer by India Miller

    Also the designer for the foyer and main-floor hallway, Miller energized what could be somber spaces with color and pattern. Pops of paprika and mango on pillows invigorate the blue velvet wing chairs flanking the original carved-stone fireplace. More punch is presented with bright stripes covering oval-back side chairs backed with houndstooth. “I wanted to maintain the integrity of each space, but bring about a fresh and unique twist,” she says.

    Interior design: India Miller, India Miller Designs, 900 Forest Hill Drive, High Point, NC 27262; 336/580-0723.

    Wall paint (“Noodle” #C412): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Center table (“Brighton Pedestal Table” #MH10013, by Mr. & Mrs. Howard): Sherrill Furniture, 828/322-2640,
    Oval-back chairs (“Beckmore Side Chairs” #LA1102AC); black leather seat fabric (“Cheshire Black” #LA755); houndstooth fabric (“Laurent”/ Black); yellow and orange fabric on chair back (“Sellers Gold” and “Cancun Red”): Lillian August for Hickory White, 828/322-8624,
    Chandelier (“Riviera Thirteen-Light Pendant” #123-413): Corbett Lighting, 626/336-4511, Through Butler Lighting, 336/889-2344,
    Flower on table (black cylinder with cream roses): NDI, 800/522-2627,
    Area rug (“Exotics”/Aberdale Antelope #41226/45055): Karastan,
    Area rug fabrication (design by India Miller): Carpet One by Henry, 336/379-1018.
    China cabinet (“Sterling Curios” #LA97043-01 in Black Nickel #39); blue wing chairs (“Clayton Chair” #LA4104C); wing-chair fabric (“Martin Blue”); ottoman by wing chairs (“Clayton Ottoman” #LA4104OT): animal-print fabric on ottoman (“Latta”/Camel): Lillian August for Hickory White, 828/322-8624,
    Black-and-white pillow on right wing chair (“Toss Pillow”/Kenya); orange-and-white pillow on wing chair (“Fairhope”/Natural); red-and-yellow pillow on wing chair (“Cancun Red” and “Sellers Gold”); black-and-white pillow on left wing chair (“Vinova”/Black); table between wing chairs (“Townsend Table” #LA94329): Lillian August for Hickory White, 828/322-8624,
    Table lamp (“Signature Table Lamp” #6442):  Currey & Co., 877/768-6428,  

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    Dining Room by Jeffrey Muse

    In the dining room, Jeffery Muse proves two is better than one. Featuring Baker Furniture, the formal space includes a pair of round tables beneath matching chandeliers. It’s an “updated alternative to the standard single rectangle table in a formal dining room,” Muse says. Wood-paneled walls detailed with inserts of gold metallic grass cloth complement, but don’t compete with, the ceiling’s plasterwork—the room’s original pièce de résistance. More Baker pieces—a polished buffet with a glazed, faux-parchment finish and hosting burnished-brass lamps—command the back wall. The drapery fabric features exotic flowers and birds on a platinum ground.

    Interior design: Jeffery Muse, Kohler Interiors, 222 Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 60654; 312/329-9410.  

    Dining tables (“Arcade Dining Table with Lazy Susan” #8637-2); dining chairs (“Abrazo Side Chairs” #9178); chair fabric, inside (#28-220); chair fabric, outside back (#28-235): Baker, 800/592-2537,
    Flowers (“Sharry Baby Oncidium Orchids”): Owens Orchids, 828/877-3313,
    Chandeliers (“Enlightened Chandelier” #BB309): Baker, 800/592-2537,
    Area rug (#83846): Zaki Oriental Rugs, 336/884-4407,
    Ceiling paint (“Tusk” #C411): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Wall panel wallpaper (“Metallic Paper Weaves”/Krypton, Chocolate #3513): Phillip Jeffries, 973/575-5414,
    Drapery (“Katsura Lampas”/Platinum #54072): Schumacher, 800/523-1200,
    Buffet (Indochine Cabinet” #7373); lamps on buffet (“Cascade Table Lamp” #BSA129): Baker, 800/592-2537,
    Artwork above buffet (Neutral II, by Susan Haygood for the Robin Bradford Collection): for Baker, 800/592-2537,
    Oriental cabinet (“George III Oriental Lacquer Cabinet” #5370): Baker, 800/592-2537,
    White peacock on Oriental cabinet: Darius Mostoufi Taxidermy, 909/731-2103,
    Chairs at window (#476); chair fabric (#69-760): Baker, 800/592-2537,

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    Lakefront Entry by Jane Matteson

    Next door to the dining room, Jane Matteson gleaned inspiration for the lakefront entry from the home’s exquisite architecture. “I wanted to play off the remarkable 1920s woodwork in the original bookcase, the hand-carved sandstone ceiling molding, and the exceptional period wrought-iron door leading to the terrace,” the designer says. The natural color palette led to her “cabinet-of-curiosities” concept that stars pieces like the faux-bois iron tables and zebra rug. The collecting theme continues with Swarovski-studded sea fans, a velvet-mohair bench, Parisian birdcages, and a collection of books aged and framed as artwork.

    Interior design: Jane Franklin Matteson, Matteson Design, 519 W. Cornwallis Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408; 336/275-3754,

    Round tables (“Faux Bois” with custom marble top): Global Views, 888/956-0030,
    Area rug (zebra): High Sierra Fur Co., 800/594-8266, high
    Semi-circular bench (custom); bench fabric (mohair velvet): Custom Creations by Marlowe,
    Sheepskin rug on bench (6 skin/Sexto): Auskin USA, 888/528-7546,
    Paint (“Noodle” #C412): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Acrylic console (“Waterfall Console”): Engineered Plastics Inc., 336/449-4121,
    Bird on console (“Mechanical Birds”): Mullanium by Jim and Tori,
    Art over console (Cooking the Books): Natural Curiosities, 323/906-1083,

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    Living Room by Miles Redd

    Miles Redd followed his own advice in designing the living room: “Get the floors and walls right, and the rest is easy.” Asian-inspired furniture from Century plays off a backdrop of chinoiserie-wallpapered panels and a blue-and-cream rug. “I like to get optimal use from a space—multiple seating areas, a place for playing cards or small dinners,” Redd explains.

    Dressed in blue panels and scalloped valances with a Far East bent, the large windows announce the exotic theme, which is repeated by side chairs in a peacock motif. Pagoda chairs encircle the dark-wood pedestal dining table. Chinese-style fretwork doors on bar cabinets and ginger jars complete the Asian theme.

    To brighten the room, Redd coated the ceiling beams and wall trim in a custom blue hue. A host of chairs, including one of tufted leather, forms a classic conversation area radiating around the marble coffee table.

    Interior design: Miles Redd, Miles Redd, LLC, 77 Bleeker St., Suite C111, New York, NY 10012; 212/674-0902,

    Wall panels (“Earlham,” Chinoiserie Collection, hand-painted on Sung Blue Williamsburg background): De Gournay, 212/564-9750,
    Paint (custom): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Area rug (Mid-Century West Anatolian Oushak, by Galerie Shabab): Metropolitan Carpet,
    Pedestals at window (“Fluted Pedestal” #609-718); pair of cabinets at window (“Pagoda Bar Cabinet” #609-785); drapery: Century Furniture, 800/852-5552,
    Chinese porcelain urns on pedestals: Century Furniture High Point Showroom, 336/884-4233.
    Pedestal dining table (“Radial Expansion Table” #609-306); dining chairs (“Pagoda Dining Chair” #609-592); chair fabric (#30212-55); accessories: Century Furniture, 800/852-5552,
    Cocktail table (“Charcoal & Ochre Marble Cocktail Table” #60B-601); leather slipper chair (“Tufted Slipper Chair”#60-11-724); chair leather (“Renaissance” #2476); pair of chairs flanking slipper chair (“Trellis Dining Chair” #60-3562); seat fabric on “Trellis” chair (#30212-55); pair of lounge chairs (“Tight Seat English Arm Chair” #60-11-715); armchair fabricround tables beside lounge chairs: Century Furniture, 800/852-5552,

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    Sunporch by Eric Cohler

    Eric Cohler credits the sunporch’s three walls of arch-topped windows “as a welcoming link between interior and exterior.” The designer’s ceiling-to-floor draperies emphasize the room’s tall ceiling while softening its brick walls. He used Pearson furnishings, including a sumptuous mohair sofa, a side chair upholstered in a pink ikat print, and a lounge chair with matching ottoman facing a lavish ivory-leather coffee table.

    Interior design: Eric Cohler, Eric Cohler Design, 95 Fifth Ave., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003; 212/737-8600,

    Area rug (“Tulum”/Sea Gray #58161, with border “Wyatt”/Charcoal): Stanton Carpet, 706/624-9385, Through Carpet One by Henry, 336/831-0530,
    Ceiling paint, white (“Milk Moustache” #C080); ceiling paint, navy (“Espionage” #C244): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Ceiling light (“Star Flush Mount”/Bronze #SC4000, by Eric Cohler): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323,
    Drapery (#1636-92): Pearson Textiles, 336/882-8135,
    Standing screen (custom); screen fabric (#4504-55); chair in front of screen (#1446 in shale finish #314); chair fabric (#4593-71); table to left of chair (“Raffia Side Table” #9662-36): Pearson Furniture, 336/882-8135,
    Acrylic table beside chair: Blvd. Interiors Marketplace, 336/455-3593,
    Sofa (custom sofa #2373, in finish #917); sofa fabric (#6421-93); pillows on sofa (custom); coffee table (“Pearson Cocktail Table” #9743-28): Pearson Furniture, 336/882-8135,
    Floor lamp (“Rome Floor Lamp” #SC1105, by Eric Cohler): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323,
    Vase and flowers on coffee table (white peony in porcelain orb): NDI, 800/522-2627,
    Bowl on coffee table (Sona Vessel,” by Michael Aram): Blvd. Interiors Marketplace, 336/455-3593,
    Lounge chair (#410); ottoman (#410-50); chair-and-ottoman fabric (#1619-10): Pearson Furniture, 336/882-8135,
    Pillow on lounge chair (“Awning Stripe Pillow”); throw/blanket on ottoman: Blvd. Interiors Marketplace, 336/455-3593,

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    Front Entrance by Luke Sumpter

    The 1930s Tudor-style manor shares grounds with tennis courts, swimming pools, and a caretaker’s cottage. The property’s classic layout is exemplified by the home’s traditional and inviting front entrance designed by Luke Sumpter.

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    Den by Suzanne Kasler

    Suzanne Kasler designed the den that’s off the living room with furniture from Hickory Chair. The room’s wood paneling prompted her use of creamy-pale silks and linens. Taking center stage is an armless sofa and midcentury cocktail table with a segmented base for storage. The geometric-patterned fabric on the sofa pillow references the playful area rug. “What made it all work was the geometric rug,” she says. “It brings a modern feel, is handsome and strong, and provides pattern.” Draperies banded in buttery yellow velvet accessorize the stunning French doors. Overhead hangs an octagon-shaped ceiling lantern in a brass finish from Circa Lighting.

    Interior design: Suzanne Kasler, Suzanne Kasler Interiors, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 21B, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404/355-1035,

    Ceiling lantern (“Morris Large Lantern” #SK5010, by Suzanne Kasler): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323,
    Draperies (“Caprone Bone Leather” #3510-10); drapery banding (#3277-23, ochre velvet): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579,
    Armless sofa (“Leigh Made-to-Measure”/Light Walnut #1504-51, by Suzanne Kasler); sofa fabric (“Caprone Bone Leather” #3510-10); square pillows (#922-96); pillow fabric (#3277-23, ochre velvet): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579,
    Geometric long pillow on sofa (“Raff”/Black and Beige #26783-003): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361,
    Side table (“Austell Side Table” #1586-10, by Suzanne Kasler); table top (“Austell White Onyx Top” #1586-80): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579,
    Pair of table lamps (“Hardwick Table Lamp” #BR73/BR): Vaughan, 212/319-7070,
    Cocktail table (“Judd” #7681-70, by Mariette Himes Gomez); lounge chair to right of sofa (“Geneva Lounge Chair” #2315-24, by Thomas O’Brien); chair fabric (#3510-10): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579,
    Area rug: Stark, 212/752-9000,
    Bookcase (“Knollwood Bookcase” #1696-10, by Suzanne Kasler); bench in front of bookcase (“Lille Bench” #1528-30, by Suzanne Kasler); bench leather (“Nottinghill”/Putty #565): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579,
    Ceiling paint (“Cricket White” #C413): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,

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    Courtyard by Patti Allen & Stephanie James

    Ahead of its time, Adamsleigh boasts a plethora of indoor-outdoor connections. The outdoor courtyard designed by Stephanie James and Patti Allen is “comfortable, inviting, and lounge-worthy, with each sitting area offering uniqueness,” says James. An outdoor daybed encourages guests to laze on its off-white cozy cushions and peach-patterned pillow covered with Sunbrella fabrics. 

    Interior design: Patti Allen and Stephanie James, Furnitureland South, 336/207-6607,

    Chaise (“Archipelago Daybed” #D11-43): Century Furniture, 800/852-5552,
    Chaise fabric (“Sailcloth”/Salt #32000-0018); trim (“Meridian”/Mango #40061-0010); bolster-pillow fabric (“Posh/Persimmon #44157-0003); patterned pillow on chaise (“Zara”/Sunset #47072-0005): Sunbrella, 336/221-2211,
    Orange screen: custom shutters.
    Orange paint on screen (“Orange Nectar” #2013-20): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,
    Orange garden stool (“Macao Seat”/Coral Lacquer #1616, by Tony Duquette): Baker, 800/592-2537,

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    Men’s Room by Anita Phipps

    Anita Phipps chose bold black-and-beige stripes to enrich the walls of the men’s half bath off the main hall. She played up the original checkered-tile floor by dressing windows in a complementary woven fabric. Next, she transformed an antique gold frame into a statement mirror. A black chandelier echoes the existing black pedestal sink.

    Interior design: Anita Phipps, A. Phipps Designs, 612 Kimberly Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408; 336/558-5205,

    Wall paint, black (“Tricorn Black” #SW6258): Sherwin-Williams, 800/474-3794,
    Wall paint, cream (“Hemp” #C394): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Drapery fabric (“Canyon Antique” #42006-0012): Sunbrella, 336/221-2211,
    Chandelier (“Darlana,” by Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323,
    Pedestal sink; faucets (vintage): original to house.
    Mirror: antique. 

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    Sunroom by Bradshaw Orrell & Randy McManus

    The serene sunroom by Bradshaw Orrell and Randy McManus begins with turquoise-painted walls layered with white lattice. “We wanted to create a l’orangerie/arboretum feeling full of color and life,” explains Orrell.

    See more of the sunroom and terrace designed by Bradshaw Orrell and Randy McManus on the following slides.

    Interior design: Bradshaw Orrell and Randy McManus, Bradshaw Orrell Interiors, 601 W. Smith St., Greensboro, NC 27401; 336/209-3524,, and Randy McManus Designs Inc., 18 Battleground Court, Greensboro, NC 27408; 336/691-0051.  

    Console (“Blenheim” with travertine top); mirror above console (“Lucchese”); chandelier (“Florian”); sconce (“Crillon”); table with faux limestone top (“Cannes”); pagoda on table (“Chinoiserie Tulipiere”): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979,
    Drapery (“Classic Linen Natural” #44178-0000); trim (“Savvy Sunset” #45889-0000): Sunbrella, 336/221-2211.
    Rug (custom): Colonial Mills, 800/343-9339,
    Orange lacquered planters with boxwoods; centerpiece with white phalaenopsis orchids: Randy McManus Designs, 336/691-0051.

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    Sunroom by Bradshaw Orrell & Randy McManus

    Dark teal garden stools mimic the palette of a five-panel painting. Vivid orange appears on the throw pillows and window treatment.

    Wall paint (“Crystal” #C236); ceiling paint (“Salty Brine” #C235); trim paint (“Sheer” #C432): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Chaise (“Melbourne”); settee (“Toulon”); chairs (“Gustavian Klismos Chairs”): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979,
    Chaise fabric (“Meridian Frost” #40061-005); settee fabric (“Savvy Sunset” #45889-0000); chair fabric (“Neo Silk” #45718-0000): Sunbrella, 336/221-2211,
    Teal garden stools: The Van Cleve Collection, 904/389-3891,
    Ottoman between chaise longues (custom); fabric: Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880,
    Art behind settee (5-panel painting): by Douglas Freeman,
    Orange-and-cream diamond-patterned throw pillows (“Savvy Sunset” #45889-0000): Sunbrella, 336/221-2211,
    Floor lamps (“Capucine”); side table with one shelf (“Fantome”): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979,

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    Terrace by Bradshaw Orrell & Randy McManus

    The punchy color scheme extends to an outdoor terrace, where Sunbrella fabrics cover cushions on the Summer Classics wicker-look outdoor furniture and sunroom settees, and were fashioned into orange-trimmed draperies, awnings, and geometric-motif pillows. “The sunroom’s furnishings and artwork put guests in a ‘read-a-good-book’ sort of mood, while the terrace screams for friends and mint juleps,” says McManus.

    Loveseat (“Rustic Sectional Left” #3763, and “Rustic Sectional Right” #3762); wicker chair (“Rustic Sectional Slipper Chair” #3768); fabric on loveseat and square throw pillows (“Junction Oyster,” by Sunbrella, a Summer Classics exclusive); wicker ottoman (“Rustic Ottoman” #3749); metal table (“Club End Table”): Summer Classics,
    Fabric on slipper chair (“Westin Pebble” #212); fabric on ottoman and throw pillow (“Kyoto Pumice” #246): Summer Classics,
    Metal panel (“Hanging Trocadero Screen Panel”): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979,
    Rug (custom): Colonial Mills, 800/343-9339,
    Orange garden stools: Emissary Home & Garden,
    Awning (custom): The Dize Co., 336/722-5181,

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    Breakfast Sitting Room by John Loecke & Jason Oliver Nixon

    The breakfast room by John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon is similarly inviting. “We live by legendary designer Dorothy Draper’s mandate, ‘banish the beige,’ ” says Nixon. The Madcap Cottage design duo incorporated color galore starting with a floral Thibaut wall covering, which complements the existing peacock-colored wood paneling. On the far wall, a white-and-teal bookcase is juxtaposed with a vintage coffee table and octagonal side table.

    See details from this room on the following slide.

    Interior design: John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, Madcap Cottage, 17 Chester Court, Brooklyn,NY 11225; 917/513-9143 and 917/318-0006,

    Wallpaper (“Sulu”/Beige #T13041, Monterey Collection); ceiling paper (“Alexander”/Metallic Pewter on Beige #T10001, Neutral Resource Collection): Thibaut, 800/223-0704,
    Draperies (“Residence Damask”/Beige #F91348); valance (“Malibu”/Sand #W82554); valance trim (“Malibu”/Raspberry #W82557): Thibaut, 800/223-0704,
    Settee (“Brighton” #7709-S66); settee fabric (“Anita Damask”/Metallic on Neutral #F98636); settee seat cushion (“Malibu”/Sand #W82554); trim (“Malibu”/Raspberry #W82557): Thibaut, 800/223-0704,
    Green striped pillows on settee (“Darjeeling Express”); pink striped pillow (“Jaipur Sunset”): Madcap Cottage,
    End tables flanking settee (vintage): Madcap Cottage,
    Table lamps (“Glenda Table Lamp” #6754): Currey & Co., 877/768-6428,
    Coffee table (vintage): Madcap Cottage,
    Console with display cabinet (“Two Drawer Dorothy Draper Console and Curio” #88-052): Kindel, 877/546-3351,
    Lounge chair by console (“Brentwood Chair with Skirt” #7734-C28); chair fabric (“Chinoiserie Floral”/Cream #F95341); trim (“Cabo Cotton”/Palmetto #W81176): Thibaut, 800/223-0704,
    Octagonal side table (vintage): Madcap Cottage,
    Dining table (vintage): Madcap Cottage,
    Side chair at table (“Darien Chair” #7737-D20); chair fabric (“Rinca”/Plum #F95738); trim (“Cabo Cotton”/Pametto #W81176): Thibaut, 800/223-0704,
    Ottoman (“Westover Ottoman” #7773-M23); fabric (“Sausalito”/Flax and Plum #W75727); trim (“Essex Velvet”/Smoke #W79454); nailhead (“Bronze Renaissance Nailhead,” 3/4 inch #501F): Thibaut, 800/223-0704,
    Upholstered chair at table (“Montclair” #7715-C34); chair fabric (“Pearl Trellis”/Grey #W73299); back and trim fabric (“Essex Velvet”/Plum #W79433); nailhead (“Bronze Renaissance Nailhead,” 7/8 inch #52): Thibaut, 800/223-0704,

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    Breakfast Sitting Room by John Loecke & Jason Oliver Nixon

    A hand-painted elephant pillow pictures a proudly prancing Horace, Madcap Cottage design firm’s mascot.

    Elephant pillow (Madcap and Marvelous”): Madcap Cottage, 917/513-9143,

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    Library by Ann Legette

    Ann Legette, inheriting the library’s existing dark-paneled walls, “found the room needed levity in every sense of the word.” Sisal from Stanton Carpet instantly refreshed it. Lining the backs of the bookshelves with an ivory grass cloth also brightened the mood and made displayed objects pop. Shades of aqua, deep-sea blue, and citron green on the cocktail tables, silk draperies, and pillows brought the otherwise neutral space to life. The salon-like seating plan anticipates several small groups of guests.

    Interior design: Ann Legette, Ann Legette Inc. Interior Design & Decoration, 1004 Sunset Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408; 336/314-8332,

    Ceiling paint (“Antique White” SW6119): Sherwin-Williams, 800/474-3794,
    Chandelier (Ruhlmann Six-Light Chandelier” #CHC 2462/BA-NP): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323,
    Drapery (Dupioni silk #3406-A): P. Collins Ltd. Fabrics, 336/887-3086.
    Hand-painting on drapery: Rebecca Clodfelter, 336/286-6688.
    Wing chairs at window (“Copley Arm Chair” #1345); fabric (“Rex Sand”): CR Laine, 828/328-1831,
    Pedestal table by wing chairs (“R. Barbaree Dining Table”): Tritter Feefer, 706/885-0242,
    Ottomans (custom): Ann Legette Inc., 336/314-8332,
    Ottoman fabric (“Zebra”/Aqua #4605/08, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Carpet (“Sahara”/Desert #30001); border (“Durango”/Saddle): Stanton, 706/624-9385, Through Carpet One by Henry, 336/379-1018.
    Settee (#3919-02); fabric (“Dundee”/Natural): Lee Industries, 800/892-7150,
    Green-and-white pillows on settee (“Andalusia Velvet” #40086-756, by Travers): Zimmer + Rohde, 212/758-7925,
    Floor lamps by settee (“Jasmine Floor Lamp”/Gilded Iron #SR1101, by John Rosselli): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323,
    Garden stools (“Daryl Stool”/faux shagreen, dusty blue): MadeGoods, 626/333-1177,
    Art prints behind settee (fashion watercolors): by Rebecca Clodfelter, 336/286-6688.
    Armless chair in front of settee (custom): Ann Legette Inc., 336/314-8332,
    Chair fabric (“Rajah”/Beige #11028-01): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Acrylic side table (custom drink table): Boda Designs, 336/355-9029.
    Pair of barrel chairs in left foreground (“Haddon Lounge Chairs” #1522-24, by Suzanne Kasler); front/seat fabric (leather #240): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579,
    Back fabric (“Tabura”/Linen #2225): Pindler & Pindler, 805/531-9090,
    Green lounge chair (#683): Wesley Hall, 828/324-7466,
    Lounge-chair fabric (“Atlas”/Absinthe #4683/03, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,

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    Kitchen by Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore jump-started the kitchen’s color scheme with its original floor-to-ceiling wall tiles, still an immaculate green. “It isn’t a color I would normally work with, so I stretched my boundaries and ended up having a great time with it,” she says. Two orange-patterned ottomans join the colorful banquette at the breakfast table, which is set with charcoal and white Vietri dinnerware.

    Interior designer: Leslie Moore, L. Moore Designs, 1322 Greenway Drive High Point, NC 27262; 336/887-6477.

    Dining table (#501): White Fine Furnishings, 434/455-5950,
    Banquette (“Pierce Settee-Banquette” #1075): CR Laine, 828/328-1831,
    Banquette finish (“White Dove” #OC-17): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,
    Banquette fabric (“Cambay Paisley Print”/Parrot #174881): Schumacher, 800/523-1200,
    Charcoal dinnerware and serving bowl (“Incanto Metallic”); white dinnerware (“Incanto”): Vietri, 919/245-4180,
    Chandelier (“Wilford Circular Chandelier” #9813): Currey & Co., 877/768-6428,
    Ottomans (“Phoebe Ottoman with Casters” #22); fabric (“Zimba Tangerine”); ottoman trim (“Inspire Tangerine”): CR Laine, 828/328-1831,
    Area rug (“Sahara”/Desert #30001): Stanton, 706/624-9385, Through Carpet One by Henry, 336/831-0530.

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    Porch by Leslie Moore

    An enclosed porch just off the kitchen was also designed by Moore. Greek-key patterned draperies coordinate with teal pottery, while a wide blue center stripe updates the C.R. Laine wing chairs’ white upholstery.

    Chairs (“Copley Swivel Chair” #1335-SW): CR Laine, 828/328-1831,
    Chair fabric (“Canvas”/Natural #8304-0000); with contrast vertical stripe (“Canvas”/True Blue #5499-0000): Sunbrella, 336/221-2211,
    Table between chairs (“Ford Side Table” by Dovetail Furniture): L. Moore Designs, 336/687-4945.
    Hanging light (“Greyledge Chandelier” #9326): Currey & Co., 877/768-6428,
    Drapery (“El Greco”/Calypso #45706-0000): Sunbrella, 336/221-2211.
    Area rug (“Lunada”/Sterling #9245): Stanton, 706/624-9385, Through Carpet One by Henry, 336/831-0530.
    Accent rug: Safavieh, 212/477-1234,
    Trim paint (“Salty Brine” #C235, semigloss): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,  

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    Daughter’s Bedroom by Jack Fhillips

    Jack Fhillips, influenced by Scalamandré for Eastern Accent’s iconic zebra-print bedding, designed a sophisticated daughter’s bedroom and bath fit for a fashion-forward queen. He used black lacquered furniture and large-scale artwork to pop against the white-textured Scalamandré wall covering and contrasting black trim. The zebra-print draperies and bed linens are by Eastern Accents. The black chaise with cream cord trim is from the designer’s own collection.

    See more of this room on the following slide.

    Interior design: Jack Fhillips, Jack Fhillips Design Inc., 2611 Mercer Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401-7415; 561/659-4459,

    Bed (“Brook Street Tufted Bed” #760-10, by EJ Victor): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674,
    Coverlet (“Wilkie White Queen Coverlet” #SC-CVQ-01, Barclay Butera Collection); sham (“Wilkie White Standard Sham” #SC-STN-01, Barclay Butera Collection): Eastern Accents, 800/397-4556,
    Pillow in front of sham (“Breeze Scarlet with Ribbon” #SC-DPD-01); red zebra pillow (“Le Zebre Rouge Facing Right” #SC-DPA-01); small pillow at front (“Hand-Painted Arrow Pillow” #SC-DPF-01); throw (“Midnight Herringbone Throw #SC-THA-01): Eastern Accents, 800/397-4556,
    Wallpaper (“Basket Weave”/White #G1191-001): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361,
    Black paint (“Zorro” #C482): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Chandelier (vintage, Italian plaster): Jack Fhillips Design, 561/659-4459,
    Bedside table (“Mayfair Side Table” #1853-42, by EJ Victor): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674,
    Table lamp on Mayfair table (“Square Entarsus Obelisk Lamp”/Crystal with natural paper shade #CHA8993): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323,
    Red vase on Mayfair table (Art Deco): Jack Fhillips Design, 561/659-4459,
    Area rug (“Indochine”/Natural, Sisal Collection); Stark, 212/752-9000,
    Floor pillows (“Zebra”/Black #16366-001): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361,
    Red abstract art (Portal, by Bias); black abstract art by chaise (Black Square within Square, by Bias): designer’s collection.
    Chaise (“Jack Fhillips Gloria Chaise” #6010-66): EJ Victor, 828/437-1991,
    Chaise fabric (“Casse Ottoman”/Ebony #26915-007, Avalon Collection); cord trim (“Giverny”/Black, Cream #C14-128): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361,
    Floor lamp behind chair (“Clear Crystal Cubist Floor Lamp” #759): Lamp Works, 847/367-2500,
    Mirror-topped table beside chaise (custom, Louis XVI-style); urns on table (white deco lidded apothecary urns): Jack Fhillips Design, 561/659-4459,
    Figure on table (“Extraterrestrial”); art beside chaise (by Robert Rauschenberg): designer’s collection.
    White zebra pillow on chaise: Eastern Accents, Eastern Accents, 800/397-4556,
    Draperies (“Zebra”/Black #16366-001); trim (“Powers Court”/Ebony & Ivory #30212M-024); tassel trim (“Library Fringe”/White #FX1200-006): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361,

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    Daughter’s Bedroom by Jack Fhillips

    Jack Fhillips admits the red, black, and white scheme is not his expected look. “It was a challenge, but I’m pleased with the results,” he says.

    Hide rug (“Zebra”): Out of Africa, 800/296-6069.
    Wallpaper (“Basket Weave”/White #G1191-001): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361,
    Paint (“Zorro” #C482): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Hanging light fixture (“Portfolio Mini Crystal Chandelier”): Lowes,
    Vanity (custom, antique “French Poudresse Vanity Table” with mirror); lamps (vintage); hand mirrors (antique); chair at vanity (vintage Louis XVI accent side chair); console (antique Regency): Jack Fhillips Design, 561/659-4459,
    Chair front fabric (“Powers Court”/Ebony and Ivory #30212M-024); chair back fabric (“Upcountry”/Black #36287-015): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361,
    Roses on console (red rose bud in glass cube): NDI, 800/522-2627,
    Drapery (“Zebras”/Masai Red #16496M-001); trim (“Powers Court”/Ebony and Ivory #30212M-024); tassel trim (“Library Fringe”/White #FX1200-006): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361,
    Art on back wall: Vintage Print Gallery, 201/501-0505,

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    Master Sitting Room by Lisa Kahn

    The spacious master suite at Adamsleigh includes a sitting room flanked by his-and-her bedrooms and dressing rooms. For the sitting room, Lisa Kahn fashioned a space that is “cozy, well-appointed, and elegant,” she says. Kahn introduced a misty-blue and gold palette at the walls, then continued it on ultra-chic loveseats and their banded pillows. A sunburst mirror and quatrefoil-base floor lamps from Chelsea House bring a spark of glam to the fireside.

    Interior design: Lisa Kahn, Kahn Design Group, 1025 First Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102; 239/261-2414,

    Wallpaper above chair rail (“Wisteria”/Gold on Celadon #AT10005, Glamour Collection by Anna French); wallpaper below chair rail (“Shimmer”/Old Gold #AT10060, Glamour Collection by Anna French): Thibaut, 800/223-0704,
    Trim paint (“Flash” #C400): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Loveseats (“Carter Loveseat”/Walnut #1484); fabric (“Rex Seamist”); pillow fabric (“Vaughn Caramel”): CR Laine, 828/328-1831,
    Coffee table (“Kendall Coffee Table” #380066); sofa side tables (“Pacific Coast Side Table” #380018): Chelsea House, 252/446-3266,
    Orchids on coffee table (Phalaenopsis in blue-and-white bowl): NDI, 800/522-2627,
    Area rug (custom): New River Artisans, 336/359-2216,
    Fireplace screen (“Verlaine”): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979,
    Mirror over mantel (“Savannah” #380973); crystal obelisks (“Architectural Obelisk” #381650); floor lamps (“Club Floor Lamp”#68440): Chelsea House, 252/446-3266,

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    Her Bedroom by Robert Brown

    Robert Brown, who created the “her” portion of the bedroom equation, allowed boldly graphic pattern to dictate. “The house is so grand and has so much history, I felt it demanded a bold look,” he explains. The charcoal-and-white fabric dresses the bed, windows, and club chairs. The end result: a romantic room and dressing area that masters the mix of classic and modern.

    Interior design: Robert Brown, Robert Brown Interior Design, 349 Peachtree Hills Ave. N.W., Suite A5B, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404/917-1333,

    Wall paint (custom): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Bed (“Heaton Queen Bed,” Robert Brown for MacRae): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563,
    Queen sheets (“Palmer” with black piping); blanket (cashmere): Ralph Lauren, 800/475-7674,
    Duvet, pillow shams (“New Vase Linen”/Charcoal #34639-5): Clarence House Ltd., 800/221-4704,
    Wooden armchairs (“Chandler Arm Chair” #330, Robert Brown for MacRae): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563,
    Chair fabric (“Kensington Linen”/Linen #34464-5): Clarence House Ltd., 800/221-4704,
    Bedside chest, left of bed (“Serpentine chest): The Stalls—Bennett Street Antique Market, 404/352-4430,
    Lamps on bedside tables (vintage): Parc Monceau, 404/467-8107,
    Lampshades: Edgar-Reeves, 404/237-1137,
    Area rug (serged sisal): Underfoot Design Inc., 770/220-2720,
    Art behind “Chandler Arm Chair” by window (Focus, by Barbara Brenner, Encaustic on Panel, 2012): Bill Lowe Gallery, 404/352-8114,
    Black desk/table: Parc Monceau, 404/467-8107,
    Desk chair (“Decker Dining Arm Chair” #DC7828-A, by Edward Ferrell): Edward Ferrell-Lewis Mittman, 336/841-3028,
    Chair fabric (“Kensington Linen”/Linen #34464-5): Clarence House Ltd., 800/221-4704,
    Floor lamp by desk (“Twisted Column Floor Lamp” #PH023): Baker, 800/592-2537,
    Abstract art behind desk (Non-Competitor, by Jason Craighead, mixed media on paper, 2011): Jason Craighead, Through Thomas Deans Fine Art, 404/814-1811.
    Framed stripes (Thin Air, by Marietta Hoferer, tape and pencil on paper): Sandler Hudson Gallery, 404/817-3300,
    Slipper chair (“Baldwin Slipper Chair” #CH615, by Edward Ferrell): Edward Ferrell-Lewis Mittman, 336/841-3028,
    Fabric on slipper chair and draperies (“New Vase Linen”/Charcoal #34639-5): Clarence House Ltd., 800/221-4704,

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    His Bedroom by Warren Kessler

    In designing “his” bedroom, Warren Kessler aspired to a well-edited man’s room that suggests an impeccably tailored tweed jacket. “I thought of the room as an expression of menswear fabrics—think pinstripe suits, crisp dress shirts, and elegant silk ties,” says Kessler, who has a background in apparel design. 

    Interior design: Warren Kessler, Thomas & Warren Interiors, 844 Horton Road, Durham, NC 27704; 919/452-9237.

    Wall paint (“Ostrich” #C442P); trim and ceiling paint (“Reflection” #C414W): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Headboard/screen (custom): Thomas & Warren Interiors, 919/452-9237.
    Headboard and screen fabric: Duralee, 800/275-3872,
    Euro shams (“Italian Hotel Satin Stitch”): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836,
    Accent pillows (#21003-140 in Winter); cording (#7284-130 in Antique White): Duralee, 800/275-3872,
    Lumbar pillows (custom): Duralee, 800/275-3872,
    Bedside table (“Small Chest/Night Table”#M-FML-260-YEL): French Heritage, 800/245-0899,
    Lamp on bedside table: Summerhouse, 336/275-9655.
    Lacquered chest (“Empire Style Lacquered Chest” #DB414 D/C, discontinued): French Heritage, 800/245-0899,
    Lamp on lacquered chest (“Artemis Crystal Lamp”): Robert Abbey, 828/322-3480, Available from Lamps Plus, 800/782-1967,
    Drapery, main fabric (#21003-140 in Winter); trim (#32171-185 in Ginger); valance (#32405-143 in Crème): Duralee, 800/275-3872,
    Upholstered chair (discontinued): Lexington Home Brands, 336/474-5300,
    Ottoman: custom.
    Ottoman fabric (#71005-160 in Mushroom): Duralee, 800/275-3872,
    Area rug (“Divine” in color Ashwood Silver Grey #350, Adore Collection): Capel Rugs, 800/382-6574,

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    Dressing Room by Lisa Mende & Traci Zeller

    Like Kessler’s bedroom, Traci Zeller and Lisa Mende’s dressing room is defined by tailored classics. “The custom architectural toile, based on the original elevations of Adamsleigh, honors the home’s history and the passion of its creators,” explains Zeller. Edged in green grosgrain and nailhead trim, the one-of-a-kind wall covering steals the spotlight.

    Interior design: Traci Zeller and Lisa Mende, Traci Zeller Designs, 234 Towill Place, Charlotte, NC 28211; 980/272-0234,

    Wallpaper (custom architectural toile): Sarah & Ruby Design Studio, 415/840-7004,
    Ceiling wallpaper (“Henley Plaid”/Charcoal #T1025, from Menswear Resource Collection): Thibaut, 800/223-0704,
    Chandelier (“1931 CJ Weinstein Art Deco Starburst Chandelier”): Modernaire, 510/649-3500,
    Chair (“Aledo”/Pepper #1665); fabric (“Kip Charcoal” #1664); black nickel nailhead trim: CR Laine, 828/328-1831,
    Floor lamp by chair (“Edwin Pedestal Floor Lamp” #LRL15975BLK-L, Lauren by Ralph Lauren): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323,
    Roman-shade fabric, pillow fabric (custom): Trellis Studio, 347/974-2323,
    Art beside chair (Crescendo Lapis, by Kate Long Stevenson): Hidell-Brooks Gallery, 704/334-7302,
    Table by window (“Chairside Table” #SF5157): Century Furniture, 800/852-5552,
    Wall paint (“Stout” #C481, customized): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Sink (“Park Rounded Metal Console Sink): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836,

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    Dressing Room by Lisa Mende & Traci Zeller

    Against one wall of the graphically appointed dressing room, a faux malachite chest adds storage and color.

    Chest (“Consul Chest” #599-203): Century Furniture, 800/852-5552,
    Table lamps (“Sophie”): Christopher Spitzmiller, 212/563-4144,
    Art behind chest (Seminole, by Sally King Benedict): Hidell-Brooks Gallery, 704/334-7302,

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    Guest Room by Megan Winters

    Megan Winters designed the guest room at the top of the stairs. “It needed to be happy, have high energy, high style, and be timeless but current,” says Winters. The white ceiling and walls begged for black-and-gold embellishments: double-striped wallpaper on the ceiling, on the starburst-style mirrored artwork flanking the bed canopy, and on the graphic throw pillows. Providing a sound foundation is the poster bed in ebony with gilt accents and matching nightstands from Thomas & Gray. The striking chandelier is from the designer’s own collection.

    Interior design: Megan Winters, Megan Winters Atelier & Maison, 675 Forest Ave., Lake Forest, IL 60045; 847/295-1675,

    Bed (“Rendition Cloister Poster Bed”): Thomas & Gray, 336/882-1343,
    Headboard fabric; fabric on cream bed pillows (“Gilded Age”/Opalescent #LFY64315F, linen): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674,
    Drapery, bed-drapery, and sham fabric (“Baratti” #F1652-01, Valadier Collection, by Designers Guild); black drapery lining (“Patina”/Onyx #F1506-06, by Designers Guild): Osborne & Little, 212/751-3333,
    Bed linens (Hotel Collection); bench at end of bed; bench fabric (Mongolian lamb): Megan Winters Maison, 847/295-1675,
    Art behind bed (Untitled #1, by Allison Cosmos): The Art & Design of Allison Cosmos, 949/371-3957,
    Wall and ceiling paint (“Sheer” #C432): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Ceiling wallpaper, black (#LWP60758W): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674,
    Bedside chests (“Boutique Nightstands”): Thomas & Gray, 336/882-1343,
    Chandelier; table lamps; mirrors behind chests (Megan Winters Collection): Megan Winters Maison, 847/295-1675,
    Flowers: Randy McManus Designs, 336/691-0051.
    Lounge chairs: Megan Winters Maison, 847/295-1675,
    Lounge-chair fabric, main fabric (“Brera”/Chalk #F562-47, by Designers Guild): Osborne & Little, 212/751-3333,
    Lounge-chair fabric, stripe (“Opalescent” #LYF64315F): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674,

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    Guest Room by Debby Gomulka

    Debby Gomulka’s guest room is the epitome of graceful and gorgeous. “The underlying ‘past-perfect’ composition unifies the modern textiles with the period furniture pieces,” explains Gomulka. The ceiling’s French rococo stenciled design grabs guests’ eyes upon entering, while a floral fabric beautifies the window. The bed, dresser, chaise, and gold-leaf end table are from French Heritage.

    Interior design: Debby Gomulka, Debby Gomulka Designs, LLC, 412 Nun St., Wilmington, NC 28401; 910/352-7339.

    Wall paint (“Sandcastle” #C366): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Chair (“Litchfield Chair” #9265); plaid fabric (“Bonnie Raspberry”); plain fabric (“Palermo Persimmon”): CR Laine, 828/328-1831,
    Round ottoman (“Garrity” #76); fabric (“Kip Chocolate”): CR Laine, 828/328-1831,
    Bed (“Lilles Wood Panel Queen Size Bed” #M-1110-603-ANT): French Heritage, 800/245-0899,
    Chevron-patterned bed linens and cover (“Chevron”/Poppy): Anali, 425/558-4316,
    Pillow shams, back (“Palermo Persimmon”); blue plaid pillow shams (“Hillside Waterfall”): CR Laine, 828/328-1831,
    Pair of small rectangular pillows (“Palermo Persimmon” and “Bonnie Raspberry”); round bolster pillow (“Kip Chocolate Velvet”): CR Laine, 828/328-1831,
    Art over bed (Scenic Overlook Near Chunky Gal, from Murphy to Manteo Collection, by J. Chris Wilson): J. Chris Wilson, Through North Carolina Museum of Natural Science Nature Gallery, 919/707-9854,
    Bedside table (“Jolie End Table” #M-1343-202-GOLD): French Heritage, 800/245-0899,
    Table lamp (“Agatha” #6059): Currey & Co., 877/768-6428,
    Flowers on end table (hydrangea in glass cylinder): NDI, 800/522-2627,
    Dresser (“Lilles Ten Drawer Dresser” #M-1103-603-VOU); mirror over dresser (“Lovebird,” unavailable): French Heritage, 800/245-0899,
    Carpet (“Coralina”/Seaside Blue #3584): Stanton, 706/624-9385, Through Carpet One by Henry, 336/831-0530.
    Drapery (“Splendor”/Fiesta); drapery trim (“Clay Brush Fringe”): Sunbrella, 336/221-2211,

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    Maid’s Sitting Room by Leslie May

    Designer Leslie May transformed the maid’s room into a “girls only” retreat, complete with candy jars and plenty of pink accessories. “Not many families have a need for a maid’s quarters now,” she says. “I wanted a space that fits how we live in our homes today.” Brown-and-white patterned pillows complement the lacquered walls. A white tufted sofa with sculpted arms and box-pleated skirt encourages guests to kick back and relax. “It’s a lounge area for the teenage daughter to gab with girlfriends and finish up her homework,” May says.

    Interior design: Leslie May, Leslie May Designs, 4 Winslow Pl., Chapel Hill, NC 27517; 919/225-3430,

    Wall paint (custom, by Hollandlac Brilliant): Fine Paints of Europe, 800/332-1556,
    Fabric on window shades and pillows (“Aga Reverse”/Camel II on Tint #6345-08, by China Seas): Quadrille Fabrics, 212/753-2995,
    Sofa (“Family Room Sofa”); chair (“Sculpted Tub Chair”): Leslie May Designs, 919/225-3430,
    Sofa and chair fabric (“Grainsack”/Blanc #30394.101): Kravet, 888/457-2838,
    Side tables (“Edgartown Side Table with Shelf”): Oomph, 203/216-9848,
    Lamps (“Pagoda Lamp”): Mr. Brown, 336/886-2400,
    Coffee table (“Felix”): Julian Chichester, 336/886-2454,

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    Daughter’s Room by Kara Cox

    Kara Cox, designer of the second daughter’s bedroom, “wanted to create a space that feels current and glamorous for a girl today.” She highlighted the unusual original fluted-plaster walls with a chalky white paint and lacquered the ceiling in a soft pink. Shape defines the lambswool-upholstered headboard and its peach-and-citron canopy, which sports wide woven stripes. The vanity chair wears perky peach upholstery. A hammered gold-leaf bench accessorizes the foot of the bed. The modern geometric carpet underscores the room’s fresh attitude.

    Interior design: Kara Cox, Kara Cox Interiors, 2108 Carlisle Road, Greensboro, NC 27408; 336/465-1448,  

    Bed; canopy: custom.
    Headboard fabric (“Opulence”/Lambswool #3467/01): Jim Thompson Fabrics, 800/262-0336,
    Bed coverlet (“Pearl”/Ivory); duvet and shams (“Bel Tempo”): Matouk,
    Bed canopy fabric (“Flags”/Pear Chiffon #3299/01); rectangular bed pillow (“Patchouli”/Citrus #2097/04): Jim Thompson Fabrics, 800/262-0336,
    Wall and trim paint (“Creamy” #SW7012): Sherwin-Williams, 800/474-3794,
    Bedside chests (custom): Sprouse Custom Furniture, 843/513-3042,
    Table lamps (“Pauline Lamps”): Michael J. Clement, 514/219-0001,
    Bench (“Augusta Gold Bench”): Worlds Away, 901/529-0844,
    Bench fabric (“Metallic Screen Large”/Antique Gold #3481/01): Jim Thompson Fabrics, 800/262-0336,
    Carpet (“Revere”/Champagne): Stanton, 706/624-9385, Through Carpet One by Henry, 336/831-0530.
    Window shades (“Agra”/Cream #2049/05): Jim Thompson Fabrics, 800/262-0336,
    Vanity chair at left (“Laurent Dining Chair” #1650-01, by Suzanne Kasler): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579,
    Chair fabric (“Starburst”/Peach #3247/06): Jim Thompson Fabrics, 800/262-0336,   

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    Gentlemen's Retreat by Cindy Smith & Patrick Lewis

    Designers Cindy Smith and Patrick Lewis designed the lower-level gentlemen’s retreat by referencing its unique past. Originally the room was a gathering place for men after a day of hunting, and Smith and Lewis drew inspiration from the era. They selected dark colors that gave the room a sense of depth and seclusion. “It would have been an impossible task to lighten the windowless room, so we chose to embrace the dark vibe,” Smith says. Casual upholstered pieces from Lee Industries and European antiques are combined with industrial elements and massive tonal photographs to achieve a masculine space ideal for playing cards, drinking, and casual dining. Both designers agree: “The gentlemen’s retreat is a refined and rustic room with an alluring sense of mystery and intrigue.”

    Interior design: Cindy Smith and Patrick Lewis, Circa Interiors, 2321 Crescent Ave., Charlotte, NC 28207; 704/332-1668,

    Banquette (#C1747-56); banquette fabric (“Patton”/Flax); leather stool (“Leather Drum Ottoman” #L9203-00); leather (“Serengeti”/Natural): Lee Industries, 800/892-7150,
    Table (antique refectory table #CRS0612101); wooden armchair at mantel (antique tapestry chair #CRS10954): Circa Interiors, 704/332-1668,
    Chair fabric: antique.
    Paintings on mantel (by John White); table to right of mantel (antique painted demilune #CRS0909114): Circa Interiors, 704/332-1668,
    Black urn on table (antique Shanxi urn): Clubcu, 888/992-5822,
    Fabric on wall hanging behind table (“A Plush”/Honey Pot #1450-09-02A): Gretchen Bellinger, 518/445-2400,
    Band on wall hanging (“Patton”/Khaki): Lee Industries, 800/892-7150,
    Wall sconces: existing.
    Wall paint (“Down Pipe” #26): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121,
    Area rug (Sivas #045290): Eliko Rugs, 212/725-1600,
    Sofa (#3423-03); sofa fabric (“Wesley”/Silver): Lee Industries, 800/892-7150,
    Throw on sofa (“Bristol Throw”/Chocolate): Sferra,
    Photo behind sofa (by Patrick Lewis): Circa Interiors, 704/332-1668,
    Table in front of sofa (antique cocktail table #CRS0612021): Circa Interiors, 704/332-1668,
    Tablecloth on round table (“Franklin”/Graphite); chairs around table (“Slipcovered Low Back Campaign Chair” #C5203-01C); chair fabric (“Patton”/Flax); trim (“Aspen”/Leaf); pillows on chair (“Sonoma”/Zinc): Lee Industries, 800/892-7150,

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    Pool Cabana by Jason Oliver Nixon & Randy McManus

    Back outdoors and on the opposite end of the design spectrum, Jason Oliver Nixon amped up the pool cabana with delicious accessories like colorful throw pillows, a lime green tray, and an outdoor patterned rug in look-at-me hues. “The classic Lane Venture furniture served as the perfect foundation pieces for the pavilion,” says Nixon. The all-weather wicker chairs and over-scaled ottoman offer comfortable poolside seating. Hanging lanterns inject whimsy and keep this corner of Adamsleigh celebration-ready.

    Interior design: John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, Madcap Cottage, 17 Chester Court, Brooklyn,NY 11225; 917/513-9143 and 917/318-0006,

    Chairs (“Natchez Cuddle Chair” #318-51); ottoman (“Natchez Cuddle Ottoman” #318-50); chair and ottoman cushions (“Vesper”/Meadow #4454-004, by Sunbrella); contrast toss pillow (“Rumor”/Vanilla #4430-001, by Outdura); round end table (“Natchez End Table” #9318-62): Lane Venture,
    Pink-and-orange striped pillow (“Taj Mahal Twilight”); elephant pillow (“Jet, Set, Go!”); green striped pillow (“A Languid Evening on Lake Pichola”): Madcap Cottage, 917/513-9143,
    Floor mat (red-and-yellow Antigua paisley); tray (Pandan tray); paper lanterns (“Manu” 16-inch): World Market,

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    Special Thanks

    We’d like to extend our gratitude to the Junior League of Greensboro and the generous sponsors who made the showhouse at Adamsleigh possible:

    Baker Furniture
    Carpet One by Henry
    Century Furniture
    Circa Lighting
    Eastern Accents
    Hickory Chair
    High Point Market Authority
    Lane Venture
    Lee Industries
    Stanton Carpet
    Summer Classics

    Interior design: Jack Fhillips, JackFhillips Design Inc., 2611 Mercer Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401-7415; 561/659-4459,

    Wall paint (“Cricket White” #C413); ceiling and trim paint (“Sheer” #C432): C2 Paint, 716/853-5776,
    Console (Rococo): Hutter Auction Galleries, 212/247-4791,
    Framed art on console (Picasso sketch); art over console (Ruins, by Conte): designer’s collection.
    Urn (terra-cotta): Jack Fhillips Design Inc., 561/659-4459,

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