“A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy.” – Juan Montoya.
Where do you look for home decorating inspiration? The cable networks are full of home renovation ideas, many costly and unrealistic. The original inspiration still exists, and it is probably where you went on a school field trip — Colonial Williamsburg. The Historic Area showcases a variety of architectural styles and building materials — think brick and wood siding on the same street. In an effort to merge trend and tradition, WILLIAMSBURG started a Designer-in-Resident project. This second year highlights the historic Nelson-Galt House and features the work of interior designer Heather Chadduck Hillegass.
Constructed in 1695, the Nelson-Galt House was occupied by Galt descendants until 1978. Because of their pride in family ties to colonial and Revolutionary Williamsburg, the Galt family retained a house full of furniture made in 19th-century Williamsburg. This cache was the basis for the restoration, and gave historians an avalanche of clues and evidence regarding 18th century furniture style and construction.
Are the 18th-19th centuries chic today? Take a look.
The living room with the soft green screen of a custom-designed mural offers residents and visitors a cozy retreat. The damask material on the chairs is a direct copy of a dress from Martha Washington! The newer furnishings look right at home with the original fireplace and floors.
Reproduction of an original century tea table and a daybed swathed in modern fabric, offers a intimate getaway. The study (which also has a fireplace) is where Heather Chadduck offers her guests cocktails.
The sun porch – a hyphen connecting the original house and the reconstructed kitchen outbuilding – was added when Colonial Williamsburg restored the house. It provides an ideal spot for morning coffee or working on decorating projects.
Everything old is new and fashionable. One of the Nelson-Galt House’s dependents as it stands today.
The holiday issue of FLOWER Magazine features the Nelson-Galt House decorated for Christmas! Lots of great ideas; the holiday publication is on the news stands now.
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