North Carolina Beauty
Energetic colors and a prized collection of dog-related antiques set off classic furniture and exquisite window treatments.
This is a region know for well-decorated houses, yet it would be a challenge to find one that speaks of Southern style more fluently than Nancy Lynch's Gastonia, North Carolina home. Nancy, an interior designer with her own firm (Nancy Taylor Lynch Interior Design), let her love of color and well-made furnishings inspire a home for hjerself and her husband, Mike. Her talent and enthusiasm resulted in rooms that are pretty and refined yet without a hint of fussiness.
Even in this home filled with quality pieces and inticate details, color comes first. "I've always loved color," Nancy says. "So that immediately set the stage for the house. I want a room that lifts your spirits the moment you enter - colors that make you feel as though you are in a garden."
Florals - in careful moderation - play a role in this happy mix. Nancy balances the luscious floral patterns she favors with textures and solids in bold colors rather than pastels. " I may showcase a particular print," she explains, "by using it on a chair or pillows verses a wall of draperies. You can get much more impact by doing that."