All in the Family
Just because you grow up with a designing mom doesn't mean your taste will be like hers when you decorate your own home. Designer Haskell Harris lives in a 700-square-foot cottage in Charleston, S.C., that's relaxed and pared down, with a black-and-white color scheme and natural materials. Her mom, Lou, an interior designer in Martinsville, Va., prefers the opposite: Her traditional home is full of rich colors, classic furniture and fine antiques. Check out both houses and see how this mother/daughter duo differ.
Bed: A carved mahogany four-poster, king-sized frame. Sheets: Fine white embroidered linens and cutwork shams. \"I often put a big Sunbrella coverlet over them because my two Portuguese water dogs are always up there,\" says Lou. Side table: A concave, polished mahogany nightstand with a china dish to hold jewelry. Lamp: A brass swing-arm lamp with a silk pleated shade. Wall: Periwinkle linen wallpaper and a gallery of family photos, sketches and a Mother's Day letter from her youngest daughter.
Bed: Full-sized headboard upholstered with white Sunbrella fabric, and a beach sarong on top. \"It's the easiest way to change the look of a headboard without any time or reupholstering,\" says Haskell. Sheets: A mix of five black-and-white patterns. Side table: An antique bamboo drawerless one that Haskell found at her mother's house, with a seashell dish for jewelry. Lamp: A white zinc base with a burlap shade. Wall: Swiss Coffee by Behr, above the V-groove paneling on the lower portion.
Mom: Siting Room
Chair: A tufted-back club chair with kick pleat skirt. \"It's covered in sand-colored polyester linen, which has the tailored look of regular linen but is more durable,\" says Lou. Rug: An antique Heriz wool rug made from vegetable dyes. Curtains: Fabric-trimmed drapes made of the same polyester linen as the chair. Side table: Antique wood with a marble inset. Lamp: An antique oak candlestick base with a vintage split-bamboo shade. Wall: Tuscan Red by Benjamin Moore, above the white wainscoting. \"This is a big room, and I thought a dark red would warm it up,\" says Lou.
Daughter: Siting Room
Chair: A wingback upholstered in a large black-and-white floral pattern from Duralee. \"I found the chair duct-taped together in my mom's garage,\" says Haskell. \"It had belonged to my grandma, and I loved the style.\" Rug: Spotted cowhide in an uneven shape from shopsocietysocial.com. Curtains: None! She also did without a bookshelf. \"Stacks of books are less stuffy,\" says Haskell. Table: An antique pine chest with a glass Pottery Barn cylinder vase holding magnolia branches from the yard. Lamp: Vintage brass base with a black drum shade from IKEA. Wall: Swiss Coffee by Behr, above the paneling. On it: A framed poem by her high school English teacher, a sketch of a textile pattern, and a small sunburst mirror.
Mom: Display Case
Hutch: A 12-inch-deep satinwood Hepplewhite cabinet with a glossy finish and rounded fretwork on the glass doors. Inside: Moire silk. \"It not only shows off my hand-painted dishes, but it also keeps them from rattling,\" says Lou. Porcelain fruit and vegetable pieces by Alabama artist Mary Kirk Kelly line the shelves; Lou's been collecting her work since the '80s. Wall: Silver Dollar by Benjamin Moore.
Daughter: Display Case
Hutch: A hand-me-down pine cabinet spray-painted with black chalkboard paint (by Krylon). Inside: Minty green paint (Moss by Valspar) in a flat finish. Haskell displays a blend of square and round pieces, IKEA dishes, and mixed metal vintage finds. \"My mom can't stand that I let the metals tarnish, but to me, those imperfections look cool and beautiful,\" she says. Wall: Swiss Coffee by Behr, above the paneling.
Mom: Dining Area
Furniture: A 42-inch-by-106-inch piece of tempered glass on top of scrolled concrete bases from Hooker Furniture. \"I needed a table for 12 or more and couldn't find one I liked, so I had one made,\" says Lou. The chairs are lattice-back wicker from Lane Venture topped with blue Sunbrella cushions. Floor: Brick laid in a herringbone pattern, plus an outdoor sisal rug. Accessories: Blue-rimmed glassware and, as a centerpiece, a porcelain Chinese footbath filled with pots of butter lettuce.
Daughter: Dining Area
Furniture: White metal picnic table and benches from IKEA. \"Benches have a more relaxed vibe for groups than chairs,\" says Haskell. Floor: Salvaged brick in a traditional pattern, with moss growing between some. Accessories: A table runner Haskell made herself by painting a canvas drop cloth with exterior paint. \"I threw the whole thing in the wash to mute the colors, then let it dry outside,\" she says. The sea-grass-covered pitcher and glasses are from World Market, and the pillow is by Cotton & Flax.