Columbia Metropolitan’s 2016 Designer Home

A peek into this year’s trends

By Photography by Robert Clark

CMM is proud to present the 2016 Designer Home as a tribute to all of the “thousand-year-flood” victims. This home’s incredible story of love and redemption, despite its devastation this past year, exemplifies the #ColumbiaStrong spirit that has characterized our community throughout its greatest disaster, serving as inspiration and hope to all of those still in the midst of the rebuilding process. 

Enjoy the story of the Strongs and the Lippards as well as the beautiful photography in the following pages showcasing some of Columbia’s most talented interior designers. Each designer chose a room to decorate in this special house, and the result illustrates a fabulous range of different styles as well as the unifying current trends in interior decorating. 

This brick ranch home on Quail Lane was renovated by Jim Evatt of Palmetto Construction & Renovations, and the following spread features a beautifully remodeled kitchen, dining room, den, sitting room, bedroom and two offices. From adding a couple of new pillows to your living room sofa to an entirely redecorated dining room, we hope you are inspired to implement some of this year’s freshest trends in your own home this fall.

Linda Burnside

LGB Interiors

The dining room, designed by Linda Burnside of LGB Interiors, is the epitome of casual elegance. By painting the walls a subtle, high gloss, neutral tone, Linda has allowed the colors and textures in this room to shine. The dramatic navy chairs and linen settee hug the curves of the carved dining table to create an inviting dining experience. The antique Oushak rug, re-colored in vibrant shades of blue, is the inspiration for the room and together with the blue and white pottery and contemporary artwork, set the tone for this stunning space.


John McGill

Jeffers McGill Appliance and Furniture 

The appliances, provided by Jeffers McGill, were hand-selected by Stacy and Michael Strong with the assistance of Ryan Thompson, who made sure they received exactly what they were looking for in their new open-concept kitchen. Together they selected a Monogram® fully integrated dishwasher, 30-inch electric convection double oven and 36-inch gas cook top that beautifully complements the granite countertops and tiled backsplash, and a Zephyr hood system that is integrated seamlessly into the white cabinets. The appliances are rounded out with a Sharp® microwave drawer, GE Café™ French-door refrigerator with hot water dispenser, Silhouette© Sonoma wine cooler and Niagara beverage center providing easy access to drinks for the entire family. 

Styled for photography by Jean Bruton and Margaret Mood with non(e)such. The island is set with Holly Stuart placemats, Lastra by Vietri Italian Pottery bowls and plates, Vietri napkins, Tosca pewter stemmed wineglasses by Match and a hammered stainless steel wine chiller by Mary Jurek.


Steven Ford, Chase White

Steven Ford Interiors, Inc.

A new term and trend has been introduced into the designer’s lexicon — shiplap. Steven Ford, owner of Compositions, and Chase White, showroom manager and designer, devised a creative solution to shiplap — a rough sawn pine panel used in barns and historic homes — by customizing the beadboard applied to the brick fireplace by the homeowners. Georgia Lake, a faux finish artist, applied a subtle weathered patina that transformed the mundane into the sublime. The finishing touch, a marsh scene, painted by local artist Cami Hutchinson, hangs over the fireplace and is the focal point and springboard for the design concept for the rest of the room. Warm grays with navy accents wrap the room in a relaxed, sophisticated and comfortable ambiance.


Terri Veitinger

Ethan Allen

Designed to get things done (and be beautiful too), this workspace by Terri Veitinger from Ethan Allen has distinctive industrial notes — and all of the comforts of home. The edgy Tompkins desk and wall components from the Duke Home Office collection balance yin and yang in a space that promotes productivity even as it celebrates artistry (note Intrinsik, a tribal-inspired rug, and a myriad of handcrafted accents). 


Mandy Summers

M. Gallery Interiors

When Mandy Summers, owner of M. Gallery Interiors, saw award-winning artist Melony Stuckey’s latest work, Alabaster Coral, she was inspired. Her master bedroom retreat, designed around its theme, began with Ravishing Coral paint on the walls. While Melony layered modeling paste to create her 3-D coral, Mandy layered Pine Cone Hill bedding — a sand-colored mesh bed skirt, a navy linen duvet and textured throw pillows. The room also features a natural sisal rug, a bench made from driftwood bunching cubes, an abalone tile lamp, a sunburst mirror, a metal and glass wave console table and a custom floral with tentacles blooming from a shell.


Veronica Russell

Veronica Russell Interiors

Veronica Russell, owner of Veronica Russell Interiors, created a beautiful sitting room that combines both old and new pieces, showcasing a collected and transitional style. The room has a relaxed, but artistic aura in which the art and accessories are boldly showcased. Selecting light-colored rugs and upholstery keeps the background neutral, allowing the artistic pieces to become the focal point. The gray and white hues throughout create a sophisticated palette which is quickly brightened by the cheery persimmon and colorful artwork. The balance of linen, velvet and chenille fabrics makes it a space that can be enjoyed year-round.


Christy Davis

Christy Davis Interiors

Christy Davis designed a lady’s home office in which any woman would want to work. Vibrant colors, patterns and textures evoke a sense of vivacious spirit, and the Blush Label drapery panels are a striking complement to the Taylor Burke Home furniture. “I want to show that you can use bold colors and patterns — don’t be afraid of color!” says Christy, who used local manufacturers and Southern artists for many of the room’s selections. “It was important that I showcase the breadth of talent we have in the South, specifically in women-owned businesses. What better space to support women than in a lady’s home office?” 

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