Unpacking their worldly possessions—after traveling across the globe to 17 different countries—these clients made their everyday home behind the façade of their unassuming red-brick, Colonial Revival. To set the tone for the ethno-eclectic interior of their Wilmington home, we selected Schumacher’s bold, hand-blocked, gold leaf navy and green Rampur floral paper to add an “Old World” richness and a pattern that adds depth to the foyer—a room that functions as a runway for the hosts when staging dinner parties. The formality of the setting is twisted with a linen-wrapped table and jute rug over inlaid, hardwood floors, along with fluted lines of Curry & Co.’s coppery pendant that mimics the front entry fanlight mullions, and oversized rustic black wall scones paired with faux cowhide stools—all of these details practically begging visitors to expect the unexpected as they travel throughout the home. A wall tapestry from Nepal hangs in the dining room, a Puerto Rican moon goddess mask above a living room sofa, and a French African Cameroon headdress above the four-poster master bed. In the master suite, we wanted it to be a softer color palette, more ethereal, a departure from the rest of the house. For their sanctuary, we developed an understated, yet luxurious chinoiserie palette, blending lacquered pearl, mirrored platinum, and bejeweled gold tones for the assembly of Asian-infused wall coverings, textiles, and finishes.
Vibrant layers of wall tints and textiles support an eclectic array of collectibles gathered from antique shops in Nola and the Big Apple, paired with custom furnishings and textiles. In the formal dining room, the palette reflects a gold Nepalese tapestry married with Lee Jofa’s crushed velvet and metallic upholstery that lines the backs of the host and hostess chairs at the heads of the table. In the living room, where dinner guests are encouraged to lounge on oversized Turkish floor pillows, a niched backdrop showcases a collection of the owner’s original hand-thrown pottery. We added Scalamandre Red Lacquer wallcovering to a bland, white, built-in, and an Oriental rug with ruby and sapphire jewels that blend pinks, orange, and cranberry. Custom tiles that were hand-blocked surround the fireplace and is also seen in the kitchen backsplash. There wasn’t a surface that we didn’t touch—everything was re-done.