up vintage and antique one-of-a-kind pieces, including artwork that, when coupled with Howard’s modern sensibility, resulted in a stunning interior design throughout the home. “We wanted the interior design to play a supporting role to the home itself,” Howard says. “The home was to be the centerpiece, and everything else was added to allow the home and its history and its architectural details to shine.” But the home’s original interiors were lackluster. “The house didn’t feel approachable,” he says. “It felt too stiff. I thought the way to bring it back to life and make it feel more friendly, a place 44 Home Design & Decor Triangle | June / July 2019
you want to sit with your friends and spend time with family, was to add a lot of color to it.” Howard began in the dining room, easily the home’s centerpiece. Ironically, it was also one of the most unique and challenging rooms for Howard to design. “It has no exterior windows,” he says. “I’d never designed a major room in a home that had no windows at all. Curtains are like the finishing touch to a room, but when you’re unable to use them, you need to bring your A-game to the design.” So Howard began with the walls. “They needed to be extraordinary but also look like they may have been
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