When Cate and Lathem de GordonDunning arriving at the residence of their new clients, little did they know they would be designing a home with which they were already deeply connected. The mansion, they soon discovered, once belonged to Cate Dunning’s great-great-grandfather. (There’s even a photo in the bathroom of his great-great-grandfather and grandmother standing in front of the house.) The mix of old and new appreciation for the place presented an opportunity unique to furnish and renovate a home they all cherished.
Cate and Lathem refreshed half of the 3,000 square foot sprawl, focusing on the dining room, living room and bathroom. The owners, a young family of three, appreciate old houses with good bones. They wanted to stay true to the historic feel of the house while adding a youthful touch. The designers have done just that by mixing colors, patterns and pieces according to their clients’ styles.
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The dining room has a lovely traditional feel. It’s fresh but vintage, with new and antique furniture, updated lighting, newly painted blue walls, and refinished hardwood floors. Chandeliers and chairs provide a warm and eclectic vibe, while playful patterns on the curtains and rug add an unexpected touch. The client is an experienced rider, so Cate and Lathem used his equestrian trophies for a gallery wall to complete the room.
Drapery fabric: Katie Rider. Chinese hutches: Pulpit. Chandelier: Circa Lighting with vintage shades. Dinner table : Woodbridge.
The living room
Cate and Lathem have transformed the living room into a center of attention for the whole family. Blue decor adds continuity to the dining room, while gorgeous lamps reflect light off the white tiled floor and shelving surrounding the fireplace. The designers preserved the traditional feel of the house through their art and decor choices, sourcing antique equestrian prints on the walls from a beloved seller at Scott’s Antique Market. The duo also commissioned the swamp scene above the fireplace to commemorate the guests’ southern coastal memories.
Painting: Jordan Mikal. Equestrian prints: Fine Arts Nostalgia. Club armchairs: CR Laine. Rug: Caitlin Wilson. Chandelier: Rejuvenation. Cocktail tables: Pulpit. Sofa: Lee Industries.
Think, “Winston Churchill but with a cup of coffee instead of bourbon,” Cate and Lathem note as their vision for the bathroom redesign. They balanced richness and coolness by beautifully combining regal green tones and gold accents with warm dark brown cabinetry. The combination of antique decor with contemporary light fixtures also added a touch of novelty.
This stunning finished bathroom needed a complete gut renovation. The awkward layout wasn’t salvageable, so the designers redesigned the space and delivered a functional bathroom with a sleek freestanding tub.
Plumbing: Kingston Brass. Lighting: Lighting Circa. Tile: Fireclay tile. Artwork: Jane Ingols. Material: Old Hardware House. Towels: Weezy.
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