While the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, may be far removed from the grand British estates like the one featured in Downton Abbey, architect and interior designer Laurel Powell nevertheless found inspiration in those sprawling manors when planning a family home for her clients. “I wanted to create the idea of a back of the house and a front of the house,” says Powell. “This is not an open floor plan. There are areas dedicated to family and private life and public spaces for entertaining.”
Mid-century finds were reimagined with new fabrics for the dining room. The skirted host chairs in bright cobalt blue–velvet mohair with tassels hanging off the back add softness and color to the large wooden dining table. The other dining chairs in iron with leather arms sport an abstract print that adds some liveliness. A pair of antique chandeliers, an 18th-century landscape, an antique Oushak rug, and silk curtains layer in age and elegance. “We added heavier millwork to the clean-lined fireplace wall to dress it up more,” says Powell.
“I ESPECIALLY LOVE THE CANTILEVERED WINDOWS. I CALL THEM JEWEL BOXES BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT THEY REMIND ME OF FROM THE INSIDE. AND I LIKE HOW THEY FLOOD THE ROOMS WITH NATURAL LIGHT.”
– LAUREL POWELL