My Stylish Place: A Lesson in Less is More
Upon entering Ann Tarwater’s Charlotte home, you immediately feel as though you’ve step into a page of House Beautiful. With the help of local interior designer Linda McClellan, the monochromatic palette of creams and neutrals flow throughout the home creating a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. While Ann describes her decorating style as minimal, she has created a home that demonstrates beautifully that less is so much more. Meet this former fashion industry insider, mother of 3, grandmother of 3 (with one on the way) who is pursuing her master’s degree in Divinity at her more than stylish place.
ARIENE: What’s your favorite stylish place in your home?
ANN: My living room. It is a slice of heaven.
ARIENE: What makes this your favorite place?
ANN: The monochromatic palette creates a serene uncomplicated user friendly space.
ARIENE: How would you describe your style?
ANN: Palm Beach Minimalist.
ARIENE: What is your approach to decorating?
ANN: Start with style, things that you love and that are functional (keeping hubbie in mind!). This is a new house, and I wanted something completely different to reflect who we are at this age – empty nesters. More style elements went into this house, than our previous home.
ARIENE: What was your biggest challenge in decorating the space?
ANN: The light coming in the windows. Colors in the room had to be light, and although I love blood red (its smashing!) it hasn’t made it into the house… yet.
ARIENE: As you look around, which piece would you say inspired this room?
ANN: The piano. It needed a home.
ARIENE: What did you splurge on in the room?
ANN: Its between the Barbara Barry club chairs with the Calvin Klein fabric and the antique tier table from the 1800s.
ARIENE: What is your most favorite piece in the room? Why?
ANN: Without a pause – the Barbara Barry club chairs.
ARIENE: How do you use this space?
ANN: Its a great space for entertaining, reading and meeting with people.
ARIENE: How would you describe the mood of this room?
ANN: Serene, calming, friendly but not formal.
ARIENE: What ingredients make this room work?
ANN: I do not like a lot of stuff, and living with less allows me to concentrate on peolpe not things.
ARIENE: How did you decide what comes into your space? Are you a ruthless editor of things?
ANN: For everything that comes in, one thing must go. As a minimalist you have to be a ruthless editor. We designed our home around our lifestyle and decorated within that context.
ARIENE: How could someone re-create this type of style?
ANN: I would begin with a neutral color palette and a large piece for the space. Purchase items that you love. Focus, budget and buy everything at once to create a seamless flow throughout the room.
ARIENE: But why the angel and deer?
ANN: The angel was a nice addition to a serene room drawing the eye to the antique tier table. The deer was a gift from dear friends (punt intended).
ARIENE: So I couldn’t leave without asking you about your personal style…
ANN’s Favorites for WINTER
1. Fragrance: Stella McCarthy
2. Color Combo: Lots of cream, charcoal gray and black
3. Fashion Staple: Turtlenecks
4. Beauty Staple: NARS lipstick and Sisley Skin Care (Neiman Marcus)
5. Blog/Web site: I devour all fashion magazines!
All in the Details:
- Wall Color: Benjamin More, Natural Linen
- Shop the look locally: Alexander Scott, Slate Interiors, Traditions Interiors & Access
- Interior Decorator: Linda McClellan Designs
Photos by Ariene Bethea