Tip #4: A toile shade with tassel trim from Robert Allen is a nod to tradition in the historic home. “The nice curve of the shade and the tassels and tails are sweet touches,” says designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey.
To maximize storage in the small kitchen, she took the cabinets to the ceiling. Toile fabric and wire mesh inserts on the upper doors break the monotony of a wall of cabinets and add personal charm. “Carol loves history and toiles, so the toile was a nod to that traditional vibe,” explains the designer.
A coffered ceiling in keeping with the style of the house was added to the kitchen, lowering the 12-foot-high ceilings and creating an intimacy previously lacking in the rooms.
Roman shades (“Toile du Mandarin”/Taupe #90538): Hines & Co., 202/484-8200.
Window-treatment trim (“Lustre Sheen”/Sable): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777, robertallendesign.com.