Katie and Robert Brown have finished their 4th renovation, and just in time for the holidays. Their first two were on their previous home, and the last two have been on their current home. This last renovation was especially poignant as it bridged history -- taking the home of Katie's great grandfather and architecturally bridging the past to the present, where she lives now with her husband and three children. The house was built by Katie's maternal great grandfather, Hill Carter Linthicum, in the mid 1940's. Linthicum was a prominent architect who, along with his father, was instrumental in founding the AIA of NC. This is the house in which her grandmother lived, her father grew up and the house she knew she would one day call home.
The original layout of the 1940s home included a kitchen, a den and bedrooms. The dining room, piano room and upstairs area were added in the 1950s. Then, Katie and Robert purchased the home in 2006 and began another addition out the back encompassing a large custom kitchen, family room, and master suite. They originally moved into the home to take care of Katie's grandmother, Diana Skipwith Linthicum Coley, who still lived in the original layout. When she passed away a few years ago, Katie knew she needed to rework the entire space to compliment her growing family. And 14 months later, it is finally complete.
She was generous enough to let me work my way through the lovely home and to share the photos with you. I know you will enjoy... and be inspired.
|The Great Room, that lives up to its name.|
|On one end of the great room, a paneled study waits for a guest.|
|On the other end, a mirrored hall leads to the great room.|
|The right side of the hall is a panel of custom mirrored doors that open to a small bar.|
|The Piano Room|
The piano room was added in the 1950's and was originally Katie's grandmother's dining room. Mrs. Coley had exquisite taste and carefully chose quality textiles that would stand the test of time. The fabric used in the panels and in the back of the book case was hand-printed in Greece.
|Foyer portrait of Katie's paternal great grandfather, Silas Bodie Coley, Sr.|
|The Foyer holds a large Christmas tree reaching to the second floor.|
|A view from above.|
One of the powder rooms (below) is awaiting a fabric installation. However, it is a tradition to sign the walls before the textile is installed. At a recent gathering, a few friends placed their John Hancock on the wall.
Twin girls share a suite which was part of this last renovation. A small hallway leads to the girls' double room. To the left is a mirrored bathroom with a pair of sinks.
Mirrored walls make it easy for girls to see their pearly whites and, in later years, apply make-up to their pretty faces.
|Pink Cheetah Carpet.|
The pink cheetah carpet in the girls room adds a playful touch and can grow with their changing taste. The nylon printed pattern also has an appealing price point.
Thank you Katie and Robert, for allowing us to tour your home and for sharing your unique family history.