The Dalton-Bell-Cameron house, built in 1914, was one of the most unique homes in High Point, North Carolina. Built in the Craftsman style, the house was quite different from its more traditional Victorian and Colonial neighbors. But the pioneering structure was stricken by two major fires—one in 1997 and the other in 2012—and by 2017 it was in such a forlorn state that the city ordered it be to be either repaired or demolished.
At that point, the High Point Preservation Society stepped in to save it, just prior to it being sold to Rick Lewis and his wife Margaret Bell Lewis, who had once lived there as a child. Following the purchase, the Society and the Junior League of High Point moved quickly to help with the goal of restoring the home. To assist the new owners with some of the restoration costs, they decided to raise funds by creating a showhouse in the historic home, enlisting a diverse group of 21 extraordinary designers to bring the interiors back to life.
In our recently released aspire design and home Showhouse Issue, we sat down with Courtney McLeod to learn more about her creative process in designing the Master Bathroom for this project.
aspire design and home: How much time did you have to complete this room, start to finish?
Courtney McLeod: 5 months.
aspire: What was your biggest challenge? Did you have a Eureka moment during the process?
Courtney: We ran into an issue with our planned flooring and had to make a last minute change.
aspire: What did you and your team accomplish that you thought would not happen in time?
Courtney: I didn’t think the tub would arrive by the show house opening!
aspire: What was your inspiration for this room?
Courtney: The inspiration for the room is Modern American Craftsman.
aspire: Did you step out of your comfort zone for this project, and if so, why?
Courtney: It was fun to play with traditional motifs to create something fresh and new.
aspire: Is your preference for a showhouse a small space or a large space? Does one or the other provide a better opportunity to stretch your creativity?
Courtney: Smaller spaces definitely drive creativity.
aspire: Describe the town of High Point in one sentence.
Courtney: The furnishing capital of the USA!
This or That?
aspire: Paint or wallpaper?
aspire: Hardwood or rug?
aspire: Beach or Mountains?
aspire: Saturated Color or Black and White?
Courtney: Saturated Color
aspire: Brunch or Dinner?
aspire: Midcentury or 18th Century?
aspire: Draperies, shades, or nothing?
aspire: 2001: A Space Odyssey or The English Patient?
Courtney: English Patient
aspire: Week at the spa or Week of Broadway shows?
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Photography by Dustin Peck.
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