For Gabriella and Gerald, moving to Charlotte was less about finding a place to retire and much more about the proximity to their two daughters, Kiri and Nicole, and—down the road—grandchildren.
“Our daughters started a company, The Daily Details Beauty Bar, here in Charlotte so we knew at some point we wanted to make a move down South,” says Gabriella. Just the mention of a potential move got their daughters’ heads spinning and not long after, their girls had sent their parents listings of potential homes to look at.
Having always wanted a smaller condo or apartment with a backyard, the couple, both 67, was smitten with a new construction townhouse in the heart of Myers Park. “We’re within walking distance to restaurants, the movie theater, the greenway since my husband loves to bike,” says Gabriella. “And it had the backyard we were hoping for.”
But since the couple would maintain their primary residence in Indiana for the time being, the home needed to be fully furnished. The couple enlisted the help of interior designer Meredith Beregovski of Georgia Street Designs to help bring to fruition a light, bright, and airy aesthetic to the home. “Our present home and interiors are fairly traditional but dated,” says Gabriella, “so I wanted something more elegant but more in the moment as far as colors and décor.”
“We were trying to create a space that felt comfortable, livable, inviting, and combined Gerald’s love for more modern interiors with Gabriella’s bent towards traditional,” says Beregovski.
Working with a blank canvas, Beregovski created a design board that essentially laid out the décor for the entire home, everything from fabrics and furniture, to wall coverings and lighting. To streamline the design from the beginning, Beregovski painted the entire home with Sherwin-Williams Incredible White—“It’s a chameleon and takes on whatever colors are in the room,” she says—and added in subtle pattern and texture elsewhere with wallpaper and grass cloth.
To achieve the light and airy look her clients wanted, Beregovski kept the color palette monochromatic and soft with touches of blush pink, tan, gray, and navy, and complemented with brass and gold accents to modernize the look while establishing an elegant feel. The addition of organic elements such as the wood light fixture by Currey & Company and the wooden drums by Made Goods in the family room and the hand-carved, single wood bar stools by Thos Moser in the kitchen balance the clean lines with a more casual feel.
Taking advantage of every inch of the home, Beregovski transformed the space once designated as a piano room into a banquette dining area in the kitchen. To complement the Baker silk fabric banquette, Beregovski added grass cloth by Kravet, while a light fixture by Visual Comfort and sleek glass-top table by Modern History add a dose of modernity to the otherwise traditional breakfast nook.
“I just love the shape of that table,” says Beregovski. “It’s a modern twist on a traditional round top.”
While the resulting aesthetic is wholly different than their much more traditional and formal home in the Midwest, Gabriella and Gerald are thrilled with their Charlotte home. “I wanted something calm and peaceful,” says Gabriella. “This home is our own little enclave that’s quiet and private. And we love it.”
Photos: Christina Hussey Photography