09 October 2012

WALTER II: the back story


I have a new story in the Raleigh magazine WALTER. The monthly stories I write there will always be about certain aspects of a particular house. This house has a back story to its WALTER story-it's also one of my client's houses.
Here are some additional pictures I took at the house and go to WALTER and read STORY here.

the Foyer, looking into the Dining Room
antiques and canvases dominate the house

Dining Room
chocolate brown walls and cut lacework curtains hang in the room off the Foyer, dining chairs are covered  in a rich apricot cut velvet

the painting is "The Dance Class” by Jody DePew McLaine

the Library
Artist Maud Gatewood's painting hangs over the forest green mohair sofa on deep "peanut butter"walls.

                  The table is by artist MaryLou Higgins and a striking piece of pottery by Mark Hewitt stands alongside an antique heirloom rocking chair.

Powder Room
(my favorite Brunschwig and Fils paper "Foret Foliage" )

The Living Room

 life-size portrait by Bill Sullivan


The Living Room curtains, french chairs and ottoman are covered in another of my favorites- Brunschwig and Fils  indienne print “La Portugaise." “Pressing On” by Raleigh native Herb Jackson hangs over the mantle.

The “Jewel Box” by Carol Bechtel  hangs over her desk in the Master Bedroom.

photographs are my own-apologies for some of the quality -I was rushing along with an iphone camera

Read the rest of the story in WALTER, with photographs by Juli Leonard here


  1. Paul and Martha seem to be the perfect dinner companions; especially with Martha cooking and Paul as her sous chef. They sound fascinating and obviously have exquisite taste in both art and home. You caught my attention at forest green mohair against a peanut butter colored wall. What you and your clients accomplished was a personable and intoxicating home.

  2. I love the colors-that fuchsia silk to gorgeous. I'm on my way to "Walter' right now.

  3. Oh my. Love the dark walls, painting, and white curtains in the library (?). Beautiful.



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