Home Renovations for Style, Fun and Function

by Aaron Wilson

Home renovation can be as exciting as it might be intimidating for evaluating a room and contemplating a new function and different color scheme, along with appropriate furnishings and details such as fabric style, pattern and performance, accessories, flooring, lighting and more. Interior designer Edith-Anne Duncan has the keen eye, creative vision and vast experience to assess any challenge in space redesign and décor. Her goal is that each project reflects the unique requirements, personality and lifestyle of the client.


The Interior She Shed Lounge


“This was my kids’ playroom and when they outgrew the space I decided to turn it into a lounge space that I could enjoy,” states Blacksburg resident Lisa Anthony. “I call it my Hallmark movie watching room.” Edith-Anne right away saw the need for something on the long, vacant wall which now also holds Chippendale-style millwork, a framed television and floral accents. With this charming trim offering a new visual embellishment, a floral pattern for the ottoman was selected and served as the launching point for the color scheme going forward.
Vibrant green and white animal print drapes complement the coral lamp, pillows and throw. Pale blue walls offer a figurative glimpse of water with beautiful bird art, modern sofa and gracious interior French doors polishing the subtle tropical theme. “The homeowners framed the television,” Edith-Anne relates, “and I strategically selected performance fabrics for their resilient material and stain resistance.” Performance fabrics also do not experience the kind of wear and tear with constant use as do less sturdy textiles.
The lounge also embraces Edith-Anne’s concept of blending high and low (cost) components, like the custom sofa, catalog art and tripod floor lamp from Target. “I hired Edith-Anne to design the space, and her vision surpassed anything I could’ve dreamed up,” exclaims Lisa. “I wanted the room to feel light, airy and happy. Mission accomplished!” And it was that collaboration that landed Lisa the job as Edith-Anne’s assistant, her dream job.


Welcome, Baby Girl!
A baby girl was on her way, and this first time mom wanted a special, functional nursery which could carry the little one through various ages and stages. “The house is a classic, 2-story brick,” Edith-Anne explains, “and I infused the traditional style with some fun and whimsical angles for this young family.”
Once again performance fabrics were chosen for their resistance to moisture, stains and abrasion, along with a more durable indoor-outdoor floor rug. The stuffed giraffe stands sentry at one end of the crib, while another one pokes his head above the drum shade on the table lamp. Once the changing pad is removed, the white dresser becomes functional through tween and teen years. Natural day light flows in under beautiful Roman shade-style valances, which lower to completely calm and darken the space. It’s all any baby needs and a lovely space for a little girl to love. She knew. She waited until just a week after her room was finished to come into the world.

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