Barrie Benson in Charlotte Home and Garden Magazine

Barrie Benson in Charlotte Home and Garden Magazine

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As I was flipping through the spring/ summer edition of Charlotte Home and Garden, I was delighted to see a mid-century ranch decorated by Barrie Benson.  Barrie lives in a mid-century ranch herself, and we all love and adore the photos of her house featured in Domino several years ago.  The house in Charlotte Home and Garden belongs to one of her friends who is Florida native (hence the love of color) and a mother of two small children. 





Barrie describes the "before" as a "granny ranch," a house whose style was too old and outdated for a cute mom of two young children.  So Barrie came in, moved some walls with the help of her architect husband, and added a bold dose of color and style that feels modern yet consistent with the architectural features of a mid-century ranch.  (Click on the photos below to see more detail).





In the "Florida Room," Barrie unexpectedly covered the walls in navy grasscloth and added a contrasting citrine sofa piped in navy.  The pair of shell lamps is a nod to the owner's Florida roots.






She had a custom seagrass rug made to fit the room perfectly.  Seagrass makes a great backdrop that you can layer with other interesting rugs.  A lucite waterfall coffee table (like this one) keeps the space light and open, even with navy walls.






The home's den is a perfect illustration of wood paneling done right.  Wood paneling can feel outdated and stodgy, but when paired with a rams head coffee table, it is fresh and modern.  I think I saw the same table on 1st Dibs.  It adds just the perfect touch of Hollywood Regency glamour to this traditional room.






In another shot of the den, a wavy gold mirror hangs elegantly over a ming end table.  The vintage chairs have been updated in a bold zebra print.  (Try Ballard's Atoll Mirror for a similar look). 






I love how the coral vintage tole chandelier pops against the all-white kitchen.  I have a very similar coral tole chandelier over my breakfast room table too!  The chairs are upholstered in citrine zig zag fabric (Quadrille?), which incorporates the color of the sofa in the Florida Room. 






Barrie wallpapered the entryway in a 1970's bird (pelican?) print.  This is definitely another throw-back to the owner's Florida roots, and I love the contrast between the fun vintage wallpaper and the formal furniture.  A pair of brass cranes on the gorgeous entryway table completes the look.






I wish we could see more of the living room, but unfortunately this is the only picture.  It seems to use a more muted version of the color schemes in the rest of the house.  But like the rest of the house, the living room appears to mix traditional/ formal pieces with doses of fun and color.






The study has pink walls in that perfect shade of pink that serves as a neutral backdrop with the malachite-green wing chairs.  I am dying to see more pictures of the abstract flamingo art piece on the wall!




Photos by Chris Edwards





I enjoy Barrie's work so much, and this house is no exception.  I hope it makes its way around the blogosphere!

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