In case you missed it, the premise of our Perfect Pairings series involves posts featuring rooms and spaces from different homes that would fit great together under one roof. Though rooms under one roof do not need to be the same by any means, it is always important, as a designer, to think about how the rooms within the house speak to one another and create an overall impression. The other concept I find interesting and important is designing rooms that feel like they can live in that particular house. For instance, designing a minimal, zen style room in an old, Georgian style home would feel out of place and odd living in that particular home. I don’t think this a hard and fast “rule,” but is good to consider nevertheless. If you want to check out our past perfect pairings, you can find them here, here, and here.
For this perfect pairing, I wanted to pull together a beautiful southern estate with a little bit of glam. There are some truly amazing designers out there right now who are pulling from southern, traditional roots while bringing in their own fresh take. Sit back and prepare yourself for some beautiful rooms (and be ready for lots of wallpaper).
Danielle Rollins’s living room is the perfect blend of southern tradition and more modern glam. The Ikat wallpaper brings in a fun, whimsical, and updated feel while staying within a classic color palette (blue and white). The wallpaper provides the perfect background for all of the room’s many layers, from fabrics to antiques. Danielle perfectly layers pops of vibrant orange, caramel brown, and powder blue throughout the room. As with any great southern home, texture is used abundantly. Even though the room has that old world, glamorous feel, nothing feels too precious, which is perfect to entertain and show that famous southern hospitality to friends and family.
I may be cheating a bit here as both of these rooms by Mark Sikes already live within the same house. However, I figured I could get away with lumping the two together for this southern estate. Though Sikes commonly designs within a cool, Californian aesthetic, he also, having grown up partially in the south, incorporates a great deal of southern influences. He mentions in this interview the importance of mixing traditional items common in southern design with the casual and textural elements found more on the West Coast. This dining room and separate seating area are masterful examples of creating that perfect traditional and casual balance. I picture walking into a grand foyer with the dining room to the right under that giant arch and seating area to the left through the classic, white french doors. The English regency dining table, hurricane candle holders, and blue and white ginger jars and garden stools definitely incorporate that southern traditionalism while the antique (I assume) demuline table, gold mirror, and old world lighting do the same in the sitting room. In this day and age, using primarily one color in design is often associate with stark, minimalistic design. In this case however, Sikes beautifully demonstrates how the same principles can equally be used to create that old world, southern style. Any time I see a room where the same design is bounced throughout from the wallpaper to the drapery to the upholstery fabrics, my mind immediately jumps to the South. While the dining room remains fairly formal for entertaining, Sikes uses rattan in the chair and ottoman as well as a sisal area rug to incorporate that casual texture.
This kitchen by Sarah Bartholomew is one of my all time favorites that I find myself returning to time and time again. Once again, we see that classic blue and white color palette so prevalent in traditional southern design. In this case, Bartholomew brings in fresh, modern elements through pops of color, white cabinetry, a fun Sister Parrish wallpaper, and these amazing lights by Coleen Rider. The white color of the cabinets appears warmer for a more traditional look. Other traditional elements include the hardware, scrollwork detail in the stove hood, nailhead detail on the bar stools, and the miniature topiaries scattered around. Like the living room featured above, the room has that old, layered feel (albeit a bit calmer and cleaner in the kitchen) without feeling too precious or breakable. Guests of the home could easily gather around the island to help prepare a meal or snack on already prepared hors d’oeuvres. Again, we see texture in this room through the beveled detail in the natural stone counter tops as well as the natural stone itself. We also see texture in the old hardwood floors as well as accessories like the bamboo silverware and rattan pitcher.
Amber and I have had this laundry room pinned to our laundry room board from the moment we saw it. It feels so fresh, clean, and southern in all the best ways. The Gracie wallpaper is perfection paired with the blue ceilings reminiscent of the Haint Blue ceilings commonly found on the ceilings of southern porches. While the space is beautiful and certainly not any ordinary laundry room, it still feels very much accessible and usable. If you get to wash linens here, I say bring on the guests and entertain away. The traditional lantern pairs with the Gracie to transport you right into the garden. The texture added with the mesh over the cabinetry reminds me of the black mesh Emily Henderson used in her kitchen. Also, do I spot products from The Laundress which we first fell in love with here?
As someone who prefers a bedroom that feels clean and not too fussy, I thought this bedroom provided the perfect bridge between just that and the glamorous elements of this pretend southern estate. Though the look is created in a slightly different way, here we see the monochromatic look we already discussed from Mark Sikes’s work. That simple, monochromatic palette gives that calm traditional feel that the designer beautifully layers with clean lined furniture. The textures in this particular space are modern in nature (i.e. lucite lamps, flat front wood dressers, and a silver carafe). It’s hard to tell for sure but it looks like the walls are covered in a neutral grasscloth wallpaper that are layered with two framed wallpaper panels that are more similar to those we have seen in the other rooms of this house. Even the traditional, framed wallpaper panels feel more modern as they are framed very cleanly and fit within the room’s calm color scheme. Though this bedroom is probably the most modern space I have presented in this house, it still feels southern, textural, and glamorous. It fits right at home with all the other rooms while providing that wonderful contrast between this clean, restful design and the other more maximal, brighter spaces.
In this beautiful bathroom, we see some of the same traditional elements infused in a fresh, glamorous, and modern way. For instance, the Gracie wallpaper has a traditional feel, incorporating the blue and white color palette we have grown to love in this house. However, the wallpaper is not too detailed and uses pops of metallics that gives it an upscale, glamorous look. The room mixes metals using a champagne brass and silver. The metallics throughout the space definitely give this southern feeling space that old world, yet modern glamorous bent. The herringbone (a traditional pattern) marble tile reflected in the mirror also provides that subtle texture we have seen in all the above spaces. Two other elements seen in this room that have been echoed in other rooms are the lucite detail we see in the sconces that we previously saw in the bedroom lighting as well as the beveled stone on the vanity that we previously saw in the kitchen. Repeating subtle design elements like this is an excellent way to design rooms within the same home to speak one another while keeping their own unique character.
What do you think? Do you want to move into this glamorous, southern estate as much as I do? What “Perfect Pairing” would you like to see next? Leave us your suggestions in the comments and we will pull them together!