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WV Design Team: Evolving with a client to create a Camelot dream home – Charleston Gazette |

WV Design Team: Evolving with a client to create a Camelot dream home – Charleston Gazette

Susan and Dolan Wallace have been clients of mine for almost eight years. We met while I was working for a former employer and was involved in a kitchen and bathroom remodel in their previous home.

During those eight years, my career changed and evolved into what we all know now as Yeager Design Interiors. Susan and Dolan, in the meantime, purchased a new home in Huntington and decided to get back in touch with me for a bit of help to make it their own.


I was so excited to hear from Susan again, and we immediately started making plans for them to come into our showroom and for us to do a scheduled consultation in their new home.

Over the next few visits, we decided to focus on their formal living area and connected dining room. The couple had a few pieces they really loved, but they needed the bulk of their space finished with new furniture and accessories.

The Wallaces are not afraid of color. They had an existing red floral rug, a striped neutral loveseat, and a floral-patterned chair and ottoman that needed to be unified with colorful accessories.

By finding them the perfect piece of art that included all of their favorite colors, we were able to spring into the design, pulling in other hues of red, like a red leather ottoman, as well as blues in teal, turquoise and aqua. We also provided them with semi-custom window treatments that gave the room warmth and a three-dimensional effect with their neutral tone-on-tone stripe.

When it came to the adjacent dining room, Susan and Dolan were in need of a table that sat up to eight people, a new light fixture, a large storage buffet and finishing touches. They kept their china cabinet from their previous dining set, but they decided mixing and not matching the rest of the finishes would give the room more personality. Susan was absolutely in love with a dining table I featured in a previous article. She knew that particular table was the one she wanted and was ready for me to piece together a design around it.

By incorporating slip-covered, upholstered captain chairs, similar-toned side chairs and a machine-made colorful rug, we were able to tie in the living room accent colors and add even darker hues of blue for the wall art.

Our new chandelier was a unique gold and silver mercury glass pendant that created a warm glow over the new dining design. The final finishing touch for the table was a custom arrangement I put together that would surely be a conversation starter when entertaining.

After revealing the finished design to the couple, I got to sit down with Susan and ask her a few questions about our process together. I’m always eager to know the driving force behind a client’s decision to work with a designer, rather than just buying the furniture from our showroom.

“I always know what I like. I just lack vision of putting it all together,” Susan said. “Plus, I am always short on time, so it was amazing to be able to walk out of the room and a few hours later come back in and have the entire design not only done, but done right.”

The big reveal is my favorite moment of any design project.

When I think about my design relationship with the Wallaces, it makes me smile. The growth in their style from eight years ago to now is tremendous. They have departed from their former ways of matching each wood and fabric that came into their house and have evolved into an eclectic, transitional couple with a beautiful home ready to entertain. To follow the rest of the Wallaces’ home design journey, stay tuned for more articles on their Camelot series and see how they are making their new home their own.

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