Project Name: Pandora’s Manor

Location: High Point, North Carolina, USA

Date Completed: Summer 2017

Interior Designers: Barclay Butera, Tobi Fairley, Celerie Kemble, Thom Filicia, Alexa Hampton, Madcap Cottage, Louise Traficanti

Architect: Wayne Smith

This historic manor (1905) situated at the heart of the furniture capital of the world has been designed by some of the most elite designers from the USA and subsequently re-defines luxury from within. Working with a historical landmark, the goal was to pay homage to the style and architecture of this home whilst including all modern conveniences. A two-storey extension was added whilst keeping all architectural details intact. Each room has been designed by a top US designer so the bedrooms all have a variety of aesthetics. Towering ceilings and rib oak panelling adorn this jewel of a home. The property still exudes a cosy, comfortable and welcoming feel with layers of luxurious textures and colour.

This house is a shining example of American design in its current form having 6 elite designers create unique spaces within the property. All those involved with the project were able to preserve the Greek Revival style architecture which is a contemporary of the Biltmore Estate and allowing people to use, enjoy and stay in the spaces is a feat in itself as most of the homes like the Biltmore are developed into museums and leisure spaces. The key aspect for most of the designers involved was staying true to the original feel of this historic property, whilst simultaneously evolving the space into an environment that works for today’s clientele and offers the most luxurious amenities and services.

There were many challenges involved with the design of this project, the extension used granite mined from the same quarry in North Carolina that was used for the original building over 113 years ago. The kitchen area features a live edge counter made from walnut and crafted by local artisans. The area is famous for pottery and the kitchen highlights local potter’s work. The original rib-oak work was restored as was an original stained glass. The design is so well integrated that many people do not realised that the extension is actually an addition and many people believe the wallpaper and drapery to be original to the house from 1905. To be able to successfully bridge 113 years of design is quite an achievement.