A Contemporary Space in the Queen City

A Contemporary Space in the Queen City

Sarah Dobbins
Feb 13, 2012

Location: Charlotte, NC
Size: 2600 square feet
Years lived in: 7 — owned

Laura Casey of Laura Casey Interiors helped create a relaxing, personal space for an active family in the heart of Charlotte — with clean streamlined furniture and lots of cozy spaces, the home lends itself well to entertaining as well as relaxing. The family was drawn to the house because of its location and the ability to add a garage without compromising the backyard, which the homeowners love to enjoy in the summer via the spacious back porch, cocktail in hand (and fans on high!)

Laura gave the interiors a simple, modern feel with bright pops of color and texture; she used a clean, neutral base to build light and airy spaces with lots of interest. Custom-made furniture blends with Etsy finds, IKEA pieces, and local art — fresh-cut flowers and lots of texture on the walls and accessories make the space sing.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: We're Geminis in this respect. We like a clean, modern feel, but can't resist color and pattern and weathered items with some history. You'll see that our dining room is straight out of a hacienda, I also could live in a hacienda in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, no problem!

Inspiration: the great outdoors and maybe the Viceroy Anguilla, wow!

Favorite Element: Porches and fireplaces

Biggest Challenge: Closets and storage space! Did they not wear clothes 100 years ago?

What Friends Say: Friends seem to like the porches and little spaces and color.

Biggest Embarrassment: Our gnarled front door; we can't keep our dog off it when the bell rings.

Proudest DIY: Our basement was kind of a DIY project; while nowhere near perfect, it's provided so much more space.

Biggest Indulgence: Art and wallpaper

Best Advice: Don't be afraid to hire an expert for help. It's their job and she or he will save you time and money and help you create a finished product you love.

Dream Sources: Slate Interiors, Charlotte, the numerous furniture and art galleries in and around San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Kelly Werstler's house!

Resources of Note:


    • walls : Sandstone Cove, Benjamin Moore and grasscloth from Twenty2 (brown grasscloth in hallways and going up stairs)
    • furniture : Etsy for the Joaquin chair with Thibaut ikat print
    • rugs/art : vintage runners, sisal runner up the stairs


    • walls : Sandstone Cove, Benjamin Moore
    • furniture : Charles Stewart sofa with Stroheim fabric, Room and Board cowhide chairs, Crate and Barrel coffee table
    • rugs/art : Merida Meridian Rug art- Hodges Taylor Gallery Charlotte NC


    • walls : Sandstone Cove, Benjamin Moore
    • furniture : Lee Industries (orange leather chairs), Etsy- Joaquin chair that we recovered in an ikat, Tritter Feefer large round white table, custom built in desks
    • rugs/art : rug- Merida Meridian and Tim Weldon art


    • furniture : Custom curtains and DR chairs both in Robert Allen fabrics
    • rugs/art : Large Zebra painting, San Miguel de Allende Gallery


    • walls : Ben Moore Monterey White
    • furniture : kitchen chairs from Ikea, pendant lighting from Galbraith and Paul
    • rugs/art : Angel, Gonzolo Papadakokis


    • furniture : Lee Industries Swivel with greek key print, sofa from John Lester furniture in NC
    • rugs/art : John Duckworth, Charleston, SC


    • furniture : Slate Interiors side tables, West Elm side chair
    • rugs/art : Selena Beaudry, Artist above fireplace,


    • furniture : Murphy bed custom made by Laura Casey Interiors with Dwell Studio fabric.
    • rugs/art : sisal


    • furniture : Pottery Barn with custom cushions by Laura Casey Interiors in outdoor fabrics

Thanks, Laura!

Images: Laura Casey Interiors

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