2007 Idea House: Captain's Quarters

With broad porches and generous windows, our Idea House in River Dunes, North Carolina demonstrates the timeless beauty of traditional design.

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2007 | River Dunes | Oriental, NC | Living Room | Designer: Tammy Connor
Photo: Jean Allsopp

Room for Living

Casual and inviting, yet refined—that's how interior designer Tammy Connor describes the living room. Taking a cue from the coastal setting, she chose a muted palette of ocean blues and greens, then washed the cypress walls with a soft khaki. Roman shades and draperies were constructed from recycled sailcloth, adding history and visual interest.

Paint: Valspar; Upholstered furniture: Thomasville; Accent pillow fabrics: Robert Allen

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Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.