The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 13, 2013

Making your home a Time Warp-Free Zone…

How has your stashing away of decades-old clothes on the off-chance they come back in style worked out? The same applies in interior design.

Consider the Big Bang theory. Not the evolutionist perspective (although the same gravitational pull applies) but big ‘80s bangs. They’ve yet to return in all their original glory, but a more modern version has emerged, most recently across the forehead of FLOTUS herself. She’s proof that while concepts from past decades make cameo appearances inside today’s trends, style is constantly evolving. Homes are no exception.

In keeping with the times, interior designer David Trump has over the past three years helped one of his clients to update her 1950’s, formerly carpeted and dark-paneled, 2,000 square-foot home, bringing the neat-yet-nondescript exterior brick ranch out of the hits of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s and dancing to today’s tune.

While she chooses to remain anonymous, the client is thrilled what she began on her own in a quiet Beckley neighborhood and in the home her late husband and soul mate built many years ago, is now nearly complete and pleasantly contemporary.

The results of her self-paced collaboration with a designer are a livable, functional showplace standing as a tribute to a lifetime she shared with her husband. Yet it is also as an inviting gathering place for family and new friends, and as a well-deserved personal sanctuary.

Cave No More

Once a garage, then an add-on den area enveloped in the dark-shaded paneling of the ‘70s, the client’s favorite room is now an uplifting family gathering place and a spot for spending quiet mornings.

“The first thing we did was paint,” explains Trump, who convinced the homeowner to whitewash her dated paneling and the brick hearth of an existing fireplace. Adding to the buoyancy of the paint were custom window treatments in springy white-and-yellow stripes over Roman shades, allowing plenty of natural light and privacy.

“I used to be addicted to heavy window treatments,” she admits.

The homeowner added her own touches of class first by visiting a gallery at one of her favorite vacation spots — the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After matting and framing her purchased images from a photographer there, Trump helped her adopt the beach motif and adapt it into a subtle Nantucket-style in opposition to the kitschy beach-themed rooms of old. She also decided to place upholstered cushions atop the hearth extensions, reflective of the spring-inspired window treatments, to make it functional for seating.

“There are punches of red throughout the house,” Trump foreshadows, pointing out the subtle color theme carried by rugs and accessories.

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