A Colonial-Revival Where Old World Charm Meets Southern Grace

The intricate Palladian transom and leaded sidelights of the entry immediately speak to the elegance permeating the entire interior. Dentil molding in an exaggerated scale accents the perimeter of the room with style that’s simultaneously classic and playful, and the subtle swirl adorning the stair risers shows superb attention to detail.

by K. Faith Morgan | Photography by Laura Resen

When interior designer Jane Schwab of Circa Interiors was introduced to this Colonial Revival gem of a home, she knew the project would be a delight. With superb proportions and lines already in place (courtesy of the home’s original architect, Martin Boyer, Charlotte, North Carolina’s leading revivalist designer of the early 20th century), there was no shortage of opportunity and inspiration within the structure itself. “We feel very fortunate with this project in that there were not any big challenges—only exciting possibilities,” Schwab says.

The openness of the home— flowing gracefully through archways and generous double-doors and up the well-appointed staircase— allows abundant natural light to play throughout the rooms, lending a bright and welcoming tone to the space. “I love how easily the inside flows to the outside,” Schwab says. “In every room on the main floor there is a door to the exterior. This makes the outdoors a part of your everyday experience.”

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