With the current state of white out this winter, I am delighted to share a
sneak peek at a fresh project full of color in House Beautiful. Lindsey Coral Harper is
a young designer who knows how to put an updated spin on tradition.
With bold pattern and unabashed use of saturated hues, she has transformed a
young family’s large house in Charlotte, North Carolina into a stylish,
comfortable abode, perfect for the magazine’s annual color issue.
Lindsey’s fearless approach to color turns an ordinary library into a retreat full of vibrant personality. A custom Lee Industries sectional beckons
with a plush electric blue velvet from Fabricut. Purple and magenta in the roman shades and
the rug from Stark add
to the lively mix. And yet it’s the ceiling that’s the unexpected star with Twig’s Pheasant wallpaper, adding
dimension to the small space. How does Lindsey master the mix? “Balancing
color is like cooking or a math problem. You just have to try out solutions
until you get it right. It takes practice.”
And practice has paid off in the family room where blue and orange (a color combo we’re particularly fond of in these parts) collaborate
for a fresh foundation. A custom rug from Niba (more
about them here) establishes the palette echoed by Jane Churchill’s Crispin on
the sofa and Ferrick Mason’s Lucas Check on
the club chair. Christopher Spitzmiller’s Aurora lamp and accessories pull in the orange accents. And yet
again, the fifth wall is brought into the scheme as Ralph Lauren’s Ionian Sea Linen wallcovering adds color and texture to the ceiling
as Circa’s Morris Lantern contributes
a sculptural presence. And for a budget friendly accommodation, Lindsey used
three affordable linens for the voluminous curtains, which her workroom then
sewed together with bold strips of blue – big bang for the buck!
And while the front entry offers grown up glamour, the back entrance is an exercise in fabulous practical chic. Brilliant blue lacquer in Benjamin Moore’s Twilight unifies
the doors and cubbies of a hallway mudroom, providing wipe off ease from
little hands. And Farrow and Ball’s Tented Stripe offers
some stylish pattern above the height line. Lindsey shows us it’s all in the
mix and to see how she worked her magic in the other rooms, you can see
the entire project on the House Beautiful site. I am
looking forward to seeing the other colorful entries in the issue. Yellow seems
to springing up everywhere and this cover proffers hope that spring
may indeed be not too far away.