By Torie Temple
|Photos by Melissa Donald|
Nestled among the busy streets of the Highlands neighborhood stands a turn-of-the-century shotgun house with redefined spaces and eclectic inner workings that comfortably blends in with its surroundings. Living under its 12-foot ceilings is Holly Gregor, former writer on interior design turned full-time designer. “When I moved, I knew I wanted a completely different living experience than my last house,” Holly says. “So when my oldest graduated from high school, I wanted to downsize and find that new living experience. The Highlands was the perfect solution. It’s a different kind of living here, and I can walk to anywhere I want to go.”
Fate had a hand in leading Holly to her Highlands home. Her friends and fellow designers Rick Jenkins and Virgil Vaughn knew the last three owners of the home and were able to inform Holly of its impending sale before it was on the market. Once she secured the house, Holly, Rick and Virgil got started on making the inside bright and livable.
The home’s biggest transformation came by the gallons. Cream-colored paint (Porter Paints – Velvet White) covers the walls, ceilings, and hardwood floors throughout the house. “My whole house is done on a budget because I am very price-conscious,” Holly says. “To save money, I had the floors painted instead of having them refinished. Painting everything cream gave me a clean palette and the all-white look I was going for.
“It is amazing what a coat of paint can do. It made everything more open and made the ceilings look higher. You see things differently and it brings out the details in the house.”
|Front sitting room|
Now redesigned and redefined, the home’s unique style continues with the combination of antique and repurposed decor. Holly has gathered pieces from World Market, Joe Ley, and Rick Jenkins and Company (Rick and Virgil’s company).
She has learned that it isn’t about how the house was lived in before, but how you want to live in the house. “When you’re going to move into a house, try to think how you live in order to designate each room for what you need it to be,” Holly says. “Just because it’s supposed to be a dining room doesn’t mean it has to stay the dining room. Bring in a mix of modern and antiques. Having the two together makes for an interesting house.”
|Holly incorporates playfulness into the arrangement of her bathroom — opting for stacking her shelf with toilet paper rather than towels.|
|In her son’s room, Holly created a sofa using twin beds.|