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GCW Inspiration House: Refined warmth

Photography by William Colgin //

The key inspiration behind the project was Rosemary Beach, Fla., a place the homeowner describes as her “happy place.” “She asked me to make her feel as if she was perpetually on vacation there. Besides this, her sole direction for me was to ‘make it beautiful,” says interior designer Ashley Grant.

To achieve this vision, Grant used neutral, light colors. “When using a tone-on-tone color pallet such as this one, you have to be careful that it doesn’t go flat; the way to achieve this is to incorporate lots of texture,” Grant says.

Grant describes the home as beautiful and refined yet warm and inviting.

How she did it

Grant says:

“There were two main things we did to accomplish the essence of the design. First, we removed the dark walnut-stained flooring and replaced it with wide-plank, white oak, wire-brushed floors throughout, except for the laundry room and guest bath, where we installed white Peacock Papers.”

“Next, we repainted all of the existing orange cyprus cabinets and bookcases, which before had really dated the house. This alone made a huge impact that can be seen in the before-and-after photos taken of the project. We also removed all of the original, outdated trim work.”

“At first, I had a hard time convincing the homeowner to undertake this expense, but once I showed her an example, she realized it would completely transform the look of her house.”

“Another central feature in the design plan was to layer accessories, which majorly increased comfort and truly made all the difference in the world.”

About the designer

Ashley Grant is owner/principal of White Bungalow, Ocean Springs. White Bungalow is a retail store and interior design studio that offers furniture, lighting, gifts, accessories, rugs, art, and interior design services. Reach Grant at Phone number (228) 215-0004.

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