A Spirited Weekend Getaway in Chapel Hill

An ensemble of antique olive jars and a pair of modern turquoise lamps rest atop an ornate table in the foyer, reflecting Janie Molster’s eclectic style. An upholstered sofa is arranged on an angle to make the most of the small space.

Since the goal of this second home is to enjoy the hub of activity just an elevator ride away, Janie decided to forgo a traditional dining table and instead positioned a pair of end-to-end upholstered chaises with furry white throws in the sunny nook. The adjacent small galley kitchen is outfitted with only the bare essentials needed for weekend stays.

The two bedrooms offer a study in opposites. Since the master is easily visible from the living area, Janie chose a soothing neutral gray-and-white scheme and exercised a longtime itch to mix patent leather on the headboard with luxurious satin curtains. In contrast, the guest bedroom makes up for its smaller size with a more ambitious palette. The starting point was a pair of red Otomi bedspreads Janie had purchased years ago in San Miguel de Allende. Hung on a single rod, the two ornate spreads serve as bed drapings in lieu of headboards for the twin beds. As a counterpoint to the bold shades of red in the room, window treatments and bedding nod to the home team’s signature color, Carolina Blue. “That combination would be a hard sell for a client,” Janie confesses, “but it’s so fun and so me.”

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