Lauren Clement Packs A Big Punch In A Small Butler’s Pantry

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 this small but high-traffic Butler’s Pantry, Lauren Clement used an abstract wallpaper with bright colors to provide an interesting backdrop for the open shelving, a custom collaboration Clement worked on with Charleston Forge and Andrew Pearson Glass, which gives the tiny corner an expansive feel. The cabinets are finished in Devon, her custom color for Benjamin Moore. The golden finishes in the shelving and lighting, and a touch of acrylic in the hardware, add a touch of timeless flair.

aspire design and home: How much time did you have to complete this room, start to finish?
Lauren Clement: April 2019-October 2019

aspire: What was your biggest challenge? Did you have a Eureka moment during the process?
Lauren: A challenge in a showhouse is always vendor coordination. No real eureka moment, just great satisfaction when it was complete.

aspire: What did you and your team accomplish that you thought would not happen in time?
Lauren: Because I had a smaller space I felt pretty confident in my plan throughout the process but seeing it all come together and the details all finalized is always the best feeling.

aspire: What was your inspiration for this room?
Lauren: My concept of this space started with the concept of the custom hanging bar shelf. I wanted to create a fun, joyful space that even though it is a small space it packed a big punch of style and function.

aspire: Did you step out of your comfort zone for this project, and if so, why?
Lauren: In a show house it is always fun to push the design limits and in this space I combined bold patterns and colors with some glam added in all of the gold finishes.

aspire: Despite the fact that there were so many designers involved, there is an inherent cohesiveness to the home. Did you all converse/collaborate? Or was this a completely individual process?
Lauren: It was completely individual! I was wondering how everything would flow and it was amazing how it all worked out!

aspire: Is your preference for a showhouse a small space or large space?
Lauren: I think either is a great opportunity to show off your design skills and creativity. It would depend on your available resources and time to commit to the project.

aspire: Describe the town of High Point in one sentence.
Lauren: High Point is full of tradition and inspiration and truly comes to life twice a year during Market.

This or That?

aspire: Paint or wallpaper?
Lauren: Wallpaper
aspire: Hardwood or rug?
Lauren: Rug on hardwood
aspire: Beach or Mountains?
Lauren: Mountains
aspire: Saturated Color or Black and White?
Lauren: Color
aspire: Brunch or Dinner?
Lauren: Dinner
aspire: Midcentury or 18th Century?
Lauren: Midcentury
aspire: Draperies, shades, or nothing?
Lauren: Draperies
aspire: 2001: A Space Odyssey or The English Patient?
Lauren: The English Patient
aspire: Week at the spa or Week of Broadway shows?
Lauren: Broadway

Photography by Dustin Peck.

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