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Inside Pandora's Manor in High Point

Pandora’s Manor, a historic home built in 1905 and permanent fixture on the national historic registry, gets a makeover from the industry’s hottest talent. 

Written by Krissa Rossbund

High Point is striking an extra high note this market…in the form of southern hospitality. Pandora’s Manor, a historic home built in 1905 and permanent fixture on the national historic registry, gets a makeover from the industry’s hottest talent. The restoration was spearheaded by Ridvan Tatargil, owner of Eastern Accents, who’s been eyeing the property during his market visits for the past 30 years. 


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Design luminaries Thom Filicia, Alexa Hampton, Tobi Fairley, Barclay Butera, Cerlie Kemble, and Madcap Cottage’s Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke turned this bed and breakfast into a real-life portfolio of style.


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Alexa Hampton’s feminine touch resulted in anything but feminine in the bedroom that she designed. The subdued palette of camel, chocolate, and a medium-toned gray blue suggest a serious day in need of a peaceful night of rest and relaxation. Organic, ivory and camel meld into each other on the spotted animal patterned rug. An upholstered bed that is covered in rich chocolate velvet is highlighted with contrasting buttons and piping. Bed linens in classic white and light blue are wildly jolted by two styles of pillows: Tiger-print bolster pillows and square throw pillows in a gray marble pattern that offer a more subtle departure from solid fabrics. A velvet-covered bench sits at the edge of the bed. In font of the window, a rugged leather chair is a place to sit and read emails, or for a more distinguished gentleman, and old-school newspaper.


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Roman shades at the windows are edged in Alexa’s favorite motif, the Greek key, while Greek figures hang on the wall above blue chairs that flank a striped chest of drawers.  A wallpapered ceiling provides a complex backdrop for a gold-toned pendant light. 


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It’s a Madcap world in the spirited blue-and-green bedroom swathed in a bevy of decorative frills. An oversized, oval-shaped braided rug in light blue and lettuce green grounds a lavish bed ensemble with plenty of pouf and panache. A bed upholstered in a gray-and-white animal print goes wild with coordinates from a botanical print tester lined with stripes, to an assembly of throw pillows in florals and geometrics. A mini, gingko leaf print spans the walls and repeats on the lamp shades.


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Paint colors stretch the palette further. Grass green colors the door and the fireplace, while the blue ceiling matches the window valance. A sofa in the bay window contrasts a solid green frame with cushions and pillows in the room’s signature accent floral.


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In the adjoining bathroom, a botanical motif depicts animals and lush foliage in green, gold, and blue.


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Horizontal navy stripes are an architectural A+ in Thom Filicia’s bedroom. Highlighted in white trim, the grid leads the eye around the room, where the upholstered blue bed sits against a wall of windows. A contemporary yellow-and-gray print jolts the bed palette on pillows, with a fuzzy fleece-like texture adding a soft and shaggy layer to the headboard. Texture continues on the papered ceiling where a brass lighting fixture hangs as an understated silhouette. The gold color continues on a shapely side table with a base of rings.


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In the room’s corner, a sleek desk in a chalky finish is seated with a coordinating chair that wears a leather seat. A floor length mirror reflects the handsome suite.


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A slatted wall topped with a piece of peacock artwork, and an X-based table accessorized with inlay boxes, provide additional architecture, while the door is accented in suede panels with nailhead trim.


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Tobi Fairley ditches girly for graphic in her bright space that makes you want to raise your hand and hail a taxi for a spin around the town. An in-your-face scheme of arresting yellow-and-black offers no apology for its electric shock. Solid fabrics are interrupted with striking lines of two kinds—straight stripes on a fabric that covers the ottoman and toss pillows, and a windy Greek key pattern that’s woven into a decorative tape that embellishes the window treatments. The rug offers both patterns in gray, black, and white.


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A sculptural, spider-like lighting fixture, a curvy side table, and contemporary artwork soften the strict patterns.


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Celerie Kemble’s dreamy bedroom is sure to prompt shut-eye with a smile. Capped by a mint-green band above a striped wallpaper, the neutral scheme leaves no excuse for restless snooze. A botanical print in soft pastels covers a pair of tufted slipper chairs and an upholstered headboard with a curvy silhouette.


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Natural materials including a raffia armoire in the room’s corner, a woven wicker table in the seating area, and natural fiber shades at the windows, nod to a garden cottage. A sisal carpet is topped with a round, shaggy rug that adds an extra layer of glamour in front of mirrored cabinet. A crystal flush mount fixture dazzles from the ceiling.


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Handsome and classic like a well-tailored suit, one bedroom is splashed with a round of Barclay blue and a bevy of masculine patterns. Barclay Butera, whose signature blue-and-white palette is pulled from his coastal location in Newport, brought the dynamo color duo to his bedroom. An octagonal geometric wraps the bedroom in pattern that hints to the business-minded. Bed linens in crisp white are outlined in a buttoned-up stripe in navy and gray. But there’s no need to think work at all times. A seating area extends a comfortable spot to put your feet up before the next meeting.


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A pair of faux bamboo chairs with a blue-and-white chevron pattern flank an elegant sofa in gray. A pair of navy stools accent the room with a darker dose of Barclay’s trademark color.