For Lisa Sherry, it was a departure from the sophisticated, neutral aesthetic the High Point, North Carolina-based designer has become known for. Sherry’s clients, who live in the upscale Myers Park neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, had requested one thing: color. “The clients loved my style, but wanted a bit more color,” she explains. “It’s always a fun challenge to do something different.”
First, though, the dated Dutch Colonial needed major updating that consisted of
keeping the original footprint, but knocking down walls, expanding some spaces, and adding windows, not to mention overhauling the entire kitchen. With the help of kitchen designer Valerie Pressley and architect Greg Terry, Sherry transformed the entire downstairs—and the master bedroom and bathroom upstairs—into a sleek, modern space that doubles as a fantastic entertaining place and family-friendly area to unwind.
To marry her signature neutral aesthetic with the modern pops of color her clients requested, Sherry began with a base palette of white, gray, and black throughout the first floor. In the kitchen, driftwood-stained wood floors and sleek white cabinets are brought to life via a mirrored backsplash, a lavender chandelier, and one-time wood-finish counter stools, which were repainted a bold yellow. To add extra interest to the white cabinetry, Sherry added long, vertical gold cabinet hardware and black-and-gold inlay accents. A classic Carrara marble countertop finishes the look.
Down the hall in the living room, Sherry breathed new life into the once dark and dated space with the updated white walls, metallic silver ceilings, and a dramatic antique mirrored wall across from the one-time red brick (but now white) fire
place. The addition of a simple custom-made sofa in linen complemented the blue cotton velvet tête-à-tête chaise along with blue glass accessories and colorful custom throw pillows, which provide instant color to the room. The homeowner’s heirloom accent chair and low-lying card table and chairs proved to be the perfect balance to the newer
pieces. “She had inherited a lot of cool pieces from an aunt, but we wanted to modernize them,” says Sherry. By reupholstering the chairs in an updated pink-and-cream cut velvet zebra print, Sherry was able to not only modernize the pieces but add welcome pops of color to the room.
In the dining room, Sherry once again took advantage of the clients’ existing pieces. She refinished the
buffet in white lacquer, and added a tall decorative screen in lieu of artwork to create interest to the space. A custom-made curved banquette—“I love how it curves into the window,” says Sherry—sits in front of the screen, while French chairs hand-stamped with a Moroccan motif and a table the homeowner found complete the dining area. A black lacquered ceiling brings interest to the space, says Sherry, adding that it also “makes it cozier and adds a bit of drama.”
Upstairs, Sherry kept with the same neutral color palette and brought in color via bed linens by Jonathan Adler. “There was a lot of wood in the furniture and on the floors,” she says. “I wanted the bedroom to feel cozy. They wanted it to feel sexy.” To add these elements to the room, Sherry upholstered the panel behind the bed and then layered it with a custom fabric headboard. To bring in more light, Sherry and architect Terry installed transom windows above the bed and heightened the existing windows. In place of traditional bedside lamps, Sherry added small chandeliers as a way of layering design elements.
Though the home was once dated and dark, it’s now a place of light and color—something the homeowners desperately were seeking when they enlisted Sherry and her team of designers. “I have clients who have great taste,” explains Sherry. “And it’s hard for them to have a vision for a space as a whole. [The homeowners] love pattern and color . . . [they] trusted me to pull it all together.”