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Historic Chapel Hill Home Tour

One look at this Betsy Anderson design and you’ll know why I gladly jumped in the car and headed to Chapel Hill, NC.

The home is swoon-worthy, and Betsy has generously agreed to share the furniture and decor brands and fabric companies that she used in these spaces with Garden & Grace readers. I’ll share them throughout the post but y’all this rarely happens! Take notes, save to Pinterest and use these images to create a home that brings you joy. And for more on this home, head over to Garden & Grace on Instagram to watch the tour. 

The home was originally built in 1927 and purchased two years ago by a couple with college-age kids who were looking for their next chapter. The owner was drawn to the energy of the home and neighborhood being adjacent to UNC Chapel Hill. But most of all she was drawn to the unique architectural details that tell a story of the past.

So, when it came to putting her personal touch on it, she wanted someone that would not only appreciate the details but build off of them to add to the homes charm. She came across Betsy Anderson on Instagram and immediately knew she was the one. 

Betsy’s work included the entry way foyer, the living room and the keeping room. We’ll visit each of these spaces but first, the foyer.

Betsy and the owner knew the telephone nook (when was the last time you heard that?) had to stay as it so gracefully aged the home to the 1920s. Betsy transformed the hallway with a custom wainscoting and crown molding trim that looks like it’s always been there. The high-gloss paint brings the hallway back to life and is beautifully contrasted against this Hickory Chair bench covered with Claremont fabric.    

The bolster is covered in Jasper fabric and the sconce is from Vaughan Lighting. The lantern in the foyer is from Visual Comfort.

Finding these before pictures was like gold. Can you believe these are the same spaces? This before and after proves that trim, paint and the right rug can go a long way. 

Here is a picture taken during the renovation process. The trim was hand-drawn on the wall first and carefully planned out to create a dramatic and memorable design. 

Betsy Anderson focused on creating interest in the living room was dated and lacking character. With the home’s proximity to UNC Chapel Hill and the home owners love for the school, both the homeowner and Betsy were drawn to using blues and whites. 

The 4 club chairs next (pictured with Betsy above) are from EJ Victor and in Fabricut fabric. The white sofa is Chaddock Furniture in Kravet fabric. The gold end table lamps are from Visual Comfort – similar ones are linked here. And lastly, the pillow on the sofa are Jane Churchill fabric with Samuel & Sons cording. 

The living room was layered with complimentary patterns. The drapes are Jasper Textiles and the roman shades are from Chelsea Textiles. 

The ottoman fabric matched the drapes in a Jasper Textiles and is made by Hickory Chair. 

The keeping room is unexpected but stunning. The walls are covered in a lush white grasscloth wallpaper and lacquered trim. This small room connects the more formal areas of the home with the more casual, family areas. 

The white grasscloth is Cowtan and Tout and the skirted tablecloth is made out of Schumacher fabric.

The exterior of the home is original to the 1920’s but the previous owner designed a garden on the 1 acre lot that has matured beautifully and provides a backyard sanctuary. 

While Betsy did not design the kitchen, I wanted to include it to give context of the other areas of the home. Betsy kept the rest of the home in mind when designing the front of the home so that it graciously flows and boasts a classic Southern home filled with energy and a new chapter. 

Thank you to the homeowner and Betsy Anderson for inviting me into this beautiful Chapel Hill home that filled me with new ideas and inspiration for decorating with blues and whites. 

More of the home can be found on the Garden & Grace Instagram page here. Thanks for stopping by! 

PS – If you are a designer or have a space that you think would be a good fit for Garden & Grace, please send us a note. We’d love to hear from you! 

Historic Chapel Hill Home Tour

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