Traditional Home 2017

GCI Design, Inc.

written and produced by Eleanor Lynn Nesmith, photography by Jean Allsopp

Traditional Home ~ June 2017

…Interior designer Georgia Carlee and the architecture firm of Thurber & Voigt joined forces to deliver the couple a second home with a pleasing mix of rustic charm and urbane flair.

The design was a collaboration every step of the way. From the beginning Carlee worked closely with the architect and the Gauntts. A second home allows for a more casual layout of rooms, yet this family getaway was never intended to be a modest cottage. It’s a great big happy family home.

Interiors marry the best aspects of a contemporary plan where changes in materials, varied ceiling heights, and furniture placement spell out individual functions all the while stretching out with welcoming ease.

The kitchen anchors one end of the grand communal space. It’s defined by an opening framed with rough-hewn beams. “The tall vaulted ceiling adds volume, while the white brick wall and over-scale range hood create a dramatic focal point,” Carlee says.

The space is symmetrical. “I like to establish balance in a large space,” the designer says. She opened up the corner cabinets for visual relief.

… Responding to the Gauntt’s Texas roots, interiors lean toward earthy and muted rather than beachy and bright. “I like details and layers, but I don’t like fussy,” Carlee says. “We tried to create a ‘coastal industrial’ feel with subtle neutrals, textured finishes, and natural cottons and linens.” The color palette takes a decided turn toward grays, greens browns, and creams, with a few splashes of soft blue. Stairway railings feature cattle fencing and rustic wooden posts.

… This home celebrates its setting and savors the joys of time spent with family and friends at the beach.