How Alaina Ralph Reworked a Nineteenth-Century Italianate Residence With Fashionable Facilities

How Alaina Ralph Reworked a Nineteenth-Century Italianate Residence With Fashionable Facilities

If you’re engaged on an historic, 1877-era Italianate dwelling, the perfect spot to search for design inspiration is in the home itself, says Charleston-based inside designer Alaina Michelle Ralph. She’d been employed to revive this 2,700-square-foot Summerville, South Carolina, property by preserving its unique character and including trendy facilities.

That translated to restoring all the millwork and trim, together with a standout dome within the rotunda—full with a rosette middle skylight—that added “gravity and significance,” says Ralph.

To additional amplify that feeling, Ralph added a scenic Iksel mural wallpaper within the house that was a “little bit of a 3D puzzle,” she says. “We had many scenes inside the mural, so we needed to plan out which areas can be featured above the couch nook and mantel and which might be misplaced within the doorways. It took us all standing within the room and laying out the panels to determine it out.”


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Whereas the wallpaper was a splurge, the purchasers painted the partitions and trim themselves to save cash and even put in a few of the lighting components. Ralph reused present eating room curtains, revamping the fashion by updating the pleating and {hardware} and including trim. The purchasers constructed the wood tables within the eating room themselves, and Ralph added customized skirting.

At first of the undertaking, the eating room and kitchen, additions to the house within the Thirties, “didn’t really feel cohesive with the remainder of the home,” says Ralph. She and the purchasers determined to renovate to “make these areas really feel in character with the remainder of the design.”

They splurged on Thermador home equipment and an vintage butcher block desk that was initially from an previous Winn-Dixie grocery store.

“It really works nice for the best way the owners dwell,” says Ralph of the transformation.


Proven above.

Picket paneling on this room is from the Nineteen Fifties when the previous proprietor, creator Paul Hyde Bonner, used this room as his examine. “It makes the room so heat and alluring,” says Ralph. The portrait portray is from Seventeen South Antiques, the panorama portray is from Wynsum Antiques, the couch throws are vintage tapestries, and the couch pillow cloth is by Rogers & Goffigon.



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Ralph created a symmetrical structure on this kitchen renovation—by opening the house to the eating room and centering the vary on the again window—that labored higher with the Italianate structure of the home. Cabinetry to the ceiling on the perimeter added additional storage and created room for the butcher block desk. The etched bell lantern is Luxcis, the sconce is Circa, the rugs are from Positive Rugs of Charleston, the cupboard {hardware} is Basic Brass, and the home equipment are Thermador.

Eating Room

dining room

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The designer reimagined the present window remedies and painted the partitions to match. She stored the basket weave parquet flooring and put in them by to the kitchen for cohesion, and she or he up to date the trim across the home windows to match the unique structure. The chandelier and sideboard are from David Skinner Antiques, the artwork is classic from the Thirties, the urn lamps are Wynsum Antiques, and the skirted desk cloth is Claremont.

Main Bed room


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Ralph saved cash on this house by utilizing the home-owner’s present furnishings. The rug is from Positive Rugs of Charleston, the bedding is Anichini with customized shams, the bench is customized with Intex cloth, and the lamps are classic Murano glass.


sitting room entryway

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“That is my favourite room of the home,” says Ralph. The octagonal ceilings soar to 19 ft and spotlight a plaster-lined dome. To play up the moody environment—the one pure gentle the room receives is oblique from the entry, because the skylight is roofed by a cupola on the high of the dome—Ralph added a scenic mural from Iksel and painted the dome gentle blue to match the sky shade within the wallpaper. The upholstered chairs are Warehouse 61 and the pillow cloth is Fortuny.

Sitting Room

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“Initially, that is the place a lot of the exercise of the house would occur,” explains Ralph. She performed that up with sconces from City Archaeology, a customized couch, Regency-era armchairs from David Skinner Antiques, and a classic rug from Positive Rugs of Charleston.

Daughter’s Bed room


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The home-owner’s daughter is an completed tennis participant, so Ralph highlighted a tennis racket gallery the daughter put in. Ralph additionally added Sferra bedding, ornamental dragonfly pillows from Antiques of South Windermere, and bedside tables from Seventeen South Antiques.

Entrance Entrance


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A Diana statue sourced from Antiques of South Windermere units the tone for the home. “I additionally love the feel on the partitions,” says Ralph of ribbed paneling she suspects was added in the course of the Thirties renovation. “It provides depth to the partitions and contrasts superbly with the distinguished millwork within the room.” She brightened the paint shade, pulling the tone from the wallpaper within the rotunda.



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The Summerville dwelling has no scarcity of southern allure blended expertly with Italianate grandeur.

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