Minutes from Uptown while still preserving a suburban environment, Cotswold is one of Charlotte’s most popular neighborhoods. You’ll find it between Myers Park, Providence Park, and Randolph Park; it’s an established area with high-end homes and desirable dining and shopping.
A Book Lover’s Dream
The client for this Cotswold remodel is an avid reader. She owns shelves and shelves of books, and she regularly hosts book club gatherings.
To embrace this passion, the client worked with Amy to transform a rarely used living room into a library. They set to work designing a room that could offer as much book storage as possible in an elegant setting.
Amy partnered with a trusted cabinetmaker to design floor-to-ceiling built-in shelves that would be both functional and beautiful. Everything—from the wallcovering to the drapes to the furniture—embraces a color palette of navy, gray, gold, and creamy white. Cozy perches like the velvet sofa and cut velvet epingle chairs provide ample options to curl up with a book. Custom benches upholstered in white hair on hide leather are interest pieces that can also be used for book club seating.
“Our client tells us how much she loves hosting book club meetings, as well as reading in this amazing space,” says Amy.
Feminine and Functional Home Office
In the era of COVID, who hasn’t taken a moment to spruce up their home office?
For this client, the home office became a place that exudes both an aura of calm and a promise of productivity.
The client shares the room with her son, who uses the table to complete his homework and work with his tutor. The client uses the desk regularly and, between the credenza and filing drawers, has ample space to keep work and home documents organized.
A soft tan wallcovering joins forces with a creamy, patterned, wool carpet to produce a calming effect. Cheery pops of coral in the chairs adjoining the table and the tub chair add some femininity and levity to the space.
“Our client tells us she really does use all the elements in here. It makes me happy to know that as pretty as it is, it’s also very practical,” says Amy.
Sweet Dreams of Cabinet Seams
Amy Vermillion has been designing interiors for decades. Yet, this Cotswold remodel has one of her all-time-favorite built-in pieces.
Amy and the client had discussed the need for storage along the wall opposite the foot of the bed. However, the team was struggling to find a storage solution that would accommodate the client’s needs without jutting out too far into the limited space between the wall and the bed.
The solution? Recessing part of the cabinet into the wall cavity. From the side, the cabinet seems shallow and leaves plenty of space where it’s needed most. However, it still offers the client considerable depth for her storage needs. There are adjustable shelves behind the doors and a television rests in the center piece.
“A cabinetmaker that I hadn’t met called me to say he has had several clients ask him to duplicate this idea,” says Amy. “I’m glad people like it as much as my client and I do!”