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Home Furniture Trends: Mixing Old and New, A Modern Classic



Story by Angela Reeves | Photography by Brian Packard

Design by Laura Lee Childers

Transitional design has found itself to be a trend in this year’s Parade of Homes, and in the case of house #2 on Cumberland Ridge Way, we found mixing old and new to be a modern classic.

Designer Laura Lee Childers, owner of Laura Lee Interior Design, had the pleasure of working with the homeowners on the design of their home for their family of six. They were looking for a great mix of traditional and rustic/modern - combining old and new. Keeping things casual and comfortable was important, and the function of the space was a priority when staging each room. The materials for upholstery, textures of rugs, accessories and color were just important as the durability of each piece.

Many features in the home remain timeless. All of the colors between the dining room and study were selected from the window treatment fabric in the dining room. The fabric, however, was a modern twist to a toile, which is a very traditional print for fabric. The formal dining room, immediately off of the entry, offers warm welcoming colors with a very classic chandelier.

The master bathroom was done in a classic white and gray marble but with beautiful accents and lighting of gold and brass! The walls in the entire home are a great neutral which allowed for pops of color to be accents through accessories and furniture.

The gold lighting and fixtures really made a pop throughout the house and the black and white kitchen was a must have trend to incorporate for Childers.

Childers has worked on several Parade Homes over the years but each is as different and unique as the families who live in them. Childers recommends getting a designer involved early in the process to save costly headaches down the road. “The building blocks for executing the overall design intent start coming together very early in construction! The process can be overwhelming, and more than the knowledge of design, the experience of planning and execution make the project, no matter the size or scope, a tolerable and invaluable experience when partnering with an interior designer,” said Childers.

Laura Lee Childers and BG Home Furnishings are ready to help and offer a diversity in selection and prices that are hard to beat. You can visit them at 1045 Lovers Lane in Bowling Green.

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