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sneak peek: linn gresham

by anne

earlier this spring we were lucky enough to be able to share a couple of lovely sneak peeks that were part of the SCAD home tours. today we have another, from interior designer linn gresham. on top of her interior decor commissions, linn has recently taken on a new project: launching an interior finishes showroom, reve surfaces, for parent company savannah hardscapes. when it comes to her own home linn is lucky to have a wonderful husband who owns his own general contracting business, and is known to put him to work around the house (it was their first project together). although originally a birmingham, alabama native, she’s stuck around since getting her MA in interior design from SCAD. looking around her place, she clearly takes advantage of the charming locations and shops around savannah has to offer, like paris market and brocante (one of my favorites when down for grace’s wedding last spring). if what you see below (and after the jump) isn’t enough for you, click here for additional images. {thanks, linn!}anne

[above: guest room – We inherited very imperfect walls in this room.  So we masked them by adding 1×2 strips of wood and finishing the look with new base and crown moldings.  Walls: Ben Moore: Iceburg]

Our little [1800 sf] cottage was built some time between 1771 – 1781.  A likeness of the house was drawn on an 1881 map, photographed in the Living Room behind the sofa, and records for the cottage start in the late 1870’s.  People in Savannah know it as the “Railroad House” because of its adjacency to the railroad tracks and it was used as some sort of depot in the early 1900’s.  Before it was the Railroad House, we believe it was a gardener’s cottage on what was the Keisling Nursery property.  On the 1881 map there were greenhouses and a windmill on the property (which at the time was in the country).  Savannah grew up around the house, which still feels like a “country house”.  The original house with the red metal roof, distinctive eves and brackets, and heart pine detailing consisted of what are now the Guest Bedroom, the Living room, and Dining Room.  There is a very cool history of people who have lived in the house and lots of unfounded stories about its uses through time.  We knew it was a jewel when we bought it, though it needed a great deal of care and imagination to restore it into a home. All trim: Ben Moore  – White Dove Semi-gloss.

This is the most central room in the house, you have to walk through it to get anywhere, and it is very slim … so I knew we needed some sort of out-of-scale pattern to overemphasize its importance. Walls: Cole & Sons: Rajapur; Vintage Chrome chairs: 37th and Abercorn Antiques.

Vintage Chrome chairs: 37th and Abercorn Antiques.  Our tiny house won’t allow our dining room chairs to all stay around the table. For daily use, we’ve spread these chairs throughout the house. Our serene retreat.  Something about high ceilings make me wake up feeling more rested!

CLICK HERE for the rest of Linn’s sneak peek (including all of the images on one page) after the jump!


Lamp: 24e – Is it wrong to worship a lamp?


[right] My favorite thing in our house!  Glen and his cousin Brian raised the ceiling in this room about 3 feet.  When they were up in the attic raising the ceiling, they stumbled across a few 16’ long heart pine beams that they planed down into boards and made this gorgeous unfinished heart pine coffered ceiling.  It is divine. Walls: Fine Paints of Europe Mount Vernon Collection: Watermark; Ceiling: Ben Moore: Titanium between coffers.



The Butler’s Pantry was added as a pass through to the Dining Room to add some storage and bar space.  When we bought the cottage, the ceilings in the kitchen were 9’ acoustic ceiling tiles and the floors were 50 year old linoleum.  We worked with a local furniture maker to custom fit the cabinetry, which are a fun color of orange on the inside and more neutral grey green on the outsides (it feels like a surprise every time you open a drawer or a cabinet).  The sink was the only original thing that we kept in the kitchen.



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