A Chapel Hill Renovation with a Contemporary Vision

The heart of this home is undeniably the kitchen. Front and center in the space is a substantial marble island perfectly suited for family meals, homework, and casual entertaining. Brick archways accommodate.

There’s a kind of contemporary Southern prose in the approach to the look and feel of this home. Interesting choices and impactful details complement the various spaces as they flow one into another. Secluded yet cozy corners with abundant natural light are found throughout, adding to the layers of intrigue. Another excellent example of collaboration and interpretation is the dining room, which reflects Schnell’s decorating style and the owners’ approach to entertaining—confident without straining for effect. Although the room is relatively small, tall doors open to the stone terrace along the front and large framed openings reveal the foyer and gallery for an enhanced sense of spaciousness.

Each child took an active role in the design of his or her room. A custom-designed queen bed looks and works like an oversize sofa. A cozy reading nook with built-in bookcases, a daybed, and efficient storage make a practical and fun kid-friendly sanctuary. The curtains are from Tracery’s line of signature fabrics.

Practicality with relaxed sophistication is the guiding principle for Schnell’s choice of fabrics, textures, finishes, and patterns, but she is equally passionate about unexpected combinations and artful embellishments. “Upholstered pieces in the living room are Sunbrella fabrics,” she explains. “The detailing and cording instill stylish touches.”

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