“I always go for the big, AUTHENTIC PIECES. They make a statement in a room.”
antiques week. Typically, it’s a house full of women who come and play,” Holly explains. There are four bedrooms downstairs, each with its own bath. The upstairs bunkroom sleeps four in twin iron beds made up with cozy buffalo- check bedding. A common area on the main floor features a mini kitchen and seating area, making for an intimate gathering spot.
The space itself was impeccably maintained, so Holly didn’t have to reinvent the wheel with messy renovations. Instead, she devoted herself to decorating, relying on friend and local designer Holly Mathis to help source local artisans to monogram towels and create custom light fixtures.
“I think the biggest thing we did was replace the stair runner,” she recalls. Original dark hardwood flooring throughout makes an ideal backdrop for the bright rugs that pepper the floors. Not one inch is wasted: Useful antiques like trunks and farmhouse tables mix with no- nonsense rustic textiles like burlap and grain sacks to create an authentic, lived-in atmosphere. “It’s all about comfort and making everyone feel at home,” Holly says.
home, armchairs and settees with graceful lines are upholstered in rugged grain sacks and neutral checks.
DO DOUBLE DUTY Functional yet fanciful pieces, such as pretty trunks that double as linen storage, fill Holly’s home. A sisal rug underfoot takes the chill off hardwood floors while also looking great.