Sophisticated, Modern Elegance From Carolina Design Associates

This stunning new construction custom build comes as a joint effort between several Charlotte heavy-hitters: Gerrard Builders, Frank Smith Residential Design, and Carolina Design Associates. The house has five full baths, two half baths, and five bedrooms, plus a basement kitchen/bar entertainment room, a hidden cigar room, and an outdoor kitchen with a living and dining space and an exercise pavilion with outdoor shower.

Anna Brantley, the interior designer who led the project, filled us in on all the details.

The “Belgian modern” aesthetic is what inspired the architecture of the home, so the interior was designed to incorporate that while also balancing an “English transitional” style and feel. The open concept home is sophisticated, comfortable, and warm.

The clients—a family who likes to entertain—wanted to stretch the normal transitional interior by incorporating modern aesthetics such as plaster walls, slab showers, waterfall sink vanity wall, high end furnishings and material selections that make the bones of the home truly stand out and shine, while still evoking a comfortable, clean, and livable feel. 

“The client also wanted to create an open concept to allow the outside to feel a part of the interior house,” Brantley explains. 

Residential Designer Frank Smith included large windows along the back of the home, and Brantley worked to tie together the pool and outdoor living space so both could feel like a part of the inside.

The plaster on the walls in the main living areas of the house were used to create a subtle type of texture on the walls and allow for smooth corners with a clean finish. The warm, neutral, gray tones throughout the house are accented here with pops of color in the artwork, pillows and rugs. 

“We kept the fabrics textured and soft, but didn’t use a lot of pattern for a classic, timeless look,” Brantley explains. “We used prefinished European white oak hardwoods throughout the house to give a casual feel and lighten the floor color.” 

Other standouts of the home include the laundry room, with an area custom built to accommodate the beloved family dog. The striking butlery was designed with a navy and brass color scheme to complement the adjacent powder room featuring an integrated apron front sink vanity, all of which was created from porcelain slabs.

Finally, the outdoor area of the home completes the entire design overhaul: With the living and dining area and pool, it became another large living space for the clients to use and an absolutely ideal way to achieve the clients’ shared goal of maximizing space for gathering and entertaining friends.

Vendors include: Cabinets by Distinctive Cabinets, tile by Walker Zanger, hardware by Bird Hardware, and plaster walls and plaster sink by Mudwerks. Ferguson provided the plumbing and much of the lighting came from J. Landon. The paint is by Level 5 Painting, hardwoods are by Curated Surfaces, stairs are by Southern Staircase, and several of the home’s rugs were purchased from Couture Knots.

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