An uncommon translation of traditional style allows a color-loving homeowner to highlight heirloom pieces in a fun, fresh way.
Call it rebelling against parental influence, or simply self-expression, but after taking ownership of her childhood house in 2005, May Barger, along with her husband, Carroll, and their two children, embarked on an extreme home renovation and daring redecoration.
"I wanted to claim the home as my own and give it my own flair," says May, who enlisted designer Nancy Taylor Lynch to help personalize the interiors. "My tastes are modern and eclectic, but I have some wonderful family antiques that I wanted to use. I love color and wanted it everywhere."
Fearlessly gravitating toward exuberant hues, May and Lynch transformed potentially staid, formal rooms in the traditional French-style house in Gastonia, North Caolina, into chic, youthful ones. From the outset, sassy pinks and greens energize the foyer and the heirloom pieces it houses.
"We loved that shocking pink and lime combination and it became our starting point." Lynch says, "But, it's also the mixture of old and new that makes the interiors work. Hanging May's mother's gilded mirror in the foyer and using an abstract painting behind an antique sideboard keeps the look fresh."