Lake Norman Magazine

Changing Spaces

Allyson Greenwood needed a change. After living in Mooresville for more than a decade while conducting research to support international operations at Lowes’ headquarters, Greenwood decided to downsize and purchase a new, 1,800-square-foot, two-story townhome in Cornelius’ Antiquity neighborhood.

With the change in location and size also came an innate desire to rework her home’s aesthetic. “It was time for an update,” says Greenwood. “My furniture needed to be replaced or re-covered.” And the color palette—greens, yellows, and purples—she had in her previous home had to go, too. To help her navigate everything from the finishes she chose during the home’s construction phase to the wallpaper, furniture, and accessories once it was move-in ready, Greenwood looked to designer Melanie Crabtree of Interiors by ReDesign. “I couldn’t keep all [of the design details] together so I hired Melanie,” laughs Greenwood of her decision to hire Crabtree, who had previously designed her former home’s studio room where she paints in her free time.

First came the color palette: a complementary combination of fuchsia and lime green inspired by one of Greenwood’s favorite spring outfits and a kate spade bag. “When I saw the combination I immediately thought of Dorothy Draper and the amazing, colorful interiors she designed for the historic Greenbrier hotel in Sulphur Springs, West Virginia,” says Crabtree. “The colors of fuchsia and green could have been a bit too sweet and preppy for this stylish, career woman, but when tempered with deep gray walls and matte gold accents, the interior took on a more updated, classic look that reflected [Allyson’s] personality.”

When it came to the furniture and accessories, Greenwood opted to embrace the downsizing move and ditch nearly all of her previous furnishings and only keep timeless pieces. “[Those items] worked in beautifully with the new additions,” says Crabtree. Other items were given a fresh look to help update and transition with the new aesthetic. “Her existing upholstered, wood arm chair was updated in a playful green and ivory striped fabric. Her bamboo side chair cushion was recovered in an over scaled houndstooth pattern and re-purposed as her desk chair.”

Greenwood’s appreciation for art helped guide Crabtree’s interior design, too. “The two contemporary portrait drawings over the sofa [in the family room] are by a local artist, [Charlotte Foust], and the small Paris street scene paintings that hang outside the powder room were given to her by a great aunt that traveled extensively,” explains Crabtree of the collection. “They were gallery framed and matted to complement the room and showcase the special keepsakes.” A collection of decorative ivory plates hangs across from the sofa and serves as “a lovely vignette alongside the existing ivory hand painted chest, re-purposed as a media console and reupholstered wood arm chair. Also by adding the ivory plates on the wall the ivory color is repeated and balances with the sofa and area rug.” A matte gold etterge in the family room also serves as the perfect spot to display Greenwood’s keepsakes.

The adjacent powder room, “needed a major upgrade from the predictable builder finishes,” explains Crabtree. After much discussion, Greenwood settled on a bright, playful floral wallpaper with an over-scaled pattern. “It worked beautifully and was the perfect, unexpected, bold, surprise.”

In the end, Greenwood is thrilled with her transition not only from a downsizing standpoint but also from an aesthetic point of view. “I just wanted it to be comfortable,” she says. “I just walk in and think, ‘This is so nice.’ It’s aesthetically beautiful but it’s also very comfortable.”