Blending The Palette

Text by Rebecca Rochat | Photography by Med Dement

From light and bright to richly sophisticated, this home spans from end to end of the design spectrum. The contrast is evident immediately upon entering the spacious entryway: flanking the broad space are views of both the dining room (page 18) and study, which are opposite each other not just physically, but also aesthetically—yin and yang, light and dark. Adele James Glascock, the interior designer for the home, says, “My signature style is the art of mixing the timeless appeal of antiques and art, creating an upbeat feeling of fresh, comfortable elegance.”

The dining table, made locally by craftsman Shane Davis, seats fourteen, But fourteen chairs would have been a “sea of chairs,” so Adele mixed the styles. “I love finding antiques and blending them with newer pieces.” She brought in baroque style side chairs covered in a beige linen with two love seats also covered in linen. At either end she placed updated Queen Anne-style armchairs covered in a patterned beige and white fabric.


The English-style study is lined with handmade cherry paneling with a natural wax finish.  Custom-built shelving houses family antiques and heirlooms, and a secret door can hide a stereo system or TV. “I wanted to create a warm and cozy room, a quiet room for reading or studying,” says Adele. The draperies are made of a brightly colored, contemporary print, with Adele’s signature flair for introducing surprise and interest to an otherwise traditional room.

The living room combines the deeply textured aesthetic of the study with the lighter and brighter feel of some of the home’s other rooms. A paneled fireplace wall is the focal point of the living room; to set it off further, Adele had it painted a shade darker than the walls—“Manchester Tan” by Benjamin Moore. The wood trim in the room is painted the same subtle color. The ceiling, which stretches through to the kitchen, is made of handpicked and handsawn cypress beams and pine planks.


As the homeowners entertain frequently, the challenge for the kitchen was to create a lot of storage space but to keep it hidden. Adele collaborated with Laura Hertle of Ana Woodworks to meet the challenge. A large island centers the space, made of hickory with a specially formulated gray stain and a Marron Cohiba granite countertop with an antiquated finish. An oversized lantern chandelier from Ferguson hangs over the island. The kitchen countertops are White Cloud Marble from Stone Source, and the cabinets by Ana Woodworks are painted in “Sparrow” by Benjamin Moore. The 60” Wolf gas range has a massive hood with front paneling, cypress beam trim and wooden brackets.

The dining room also has an English look, but is updated with a lighter color and feel than the study. The goal of the dining room was to be comfortable for a large extended family, but to be intimate and elegant, combining comfort with style. Two metal chandeliers with crystal swags hang over each end of the table and form a frame for a side table, over which hangs a pastoral painting. The beige English country wallpaper and off-white paneled barrel ceiling lighten the room visually and create a sense of spaciousness. The paneled ceiling was chosen to add “warmth and texture.” Delicate window hangings of sheer linen also add a visual lightness to the room.

On either side of the foyer are chests, over which hang drawings by Daud Akhriev, a local artist. The sketches are studies for the statues of the Four Seasons on the Market Street Bridge. In the center of the foyer is a pedestal table with two stools on either side. Above it hangs a wood and metal chandelier.

Interior Designer:
Adele James Glascock, ASID, 
Adele James Interiors

Home Suppliers:
Dining Table: Shane Davis Custom Carpentry
Woodwork: Mark Whitlock, Windsor Pine, LLC
Countertops, Tile: Stone Source, Inc. | Cabinetry: Ana Woodworks Appliances & Lighting: Ferguson | Molding, Stair Parts, Trim: Interior Trim & Supply, Inc.