Libby Langdon Pays Tribute To This Historic Residence In Her Hometown Of High Point

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 Libby Langdon to learn more about her creative process in designing a Living Room for this project.

aspire design and home: How much time did you have to complete this room, start to finish?
Libby Langdon: I saw the raw room, which was really just studs in April and I installed in October the day before the showhouse opened.

aspire: What was your biggest challenge?
Libby: The fact that the construction took so long and I was designing the living room which was a main point of entry so I couldn’t install until the day before the showhouse opened because other designers needed to move things into their rooms through my living room area.

aspire: What did you and your team accomplish that you thought would not happen in time?
Libby: I wasn’t sure if any of it would happen in time, but a showhouse wouldn’t be a showhouse without obstacles and challenges, as designers I think we all know that’s part of the process!

aspire: What was your inspiration for this room?
Libby: This room is a tribute to Mary and Carter Dalton who built this historic home in my hometown of High Point in 1914. I wanted to create a space that balanced feminine and masculine elements to create a comfortable yet stylish living room, perfect for entertaining friends and family or spending cozy winter evenings at home by the fire. I’m a fan of blush, and I especially love mixing it with darker, more masculine colors like charcoal gray or black. I incorporated various patterns that mix rose and gray and my new furniture collection for Fairfield and Rug and lighting for KAS and Crystorama were the jumping off point for furnishing this space. I combined all my products with fabulous fabrics, cool color combos, lots of texture and fresh finishes to create a chic living room that suits both the man and the lady of the house.

aspire: Did you step out of your comfort zone for this project, and if so, why?
Libby: I don’t think I stepped out of a comfort zone, the process was more about finding a dynamic way to showcase my furniture, rug, lighting and wall décor collections. The rose’ colored ceiling in a high gloss paint was a departure for me for sure but I wanted to find a blend of masculine and feminine elements throughout the overall design!

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?
Libby: I was so lucky that other designers helped me on the last day, Scot Meacham Wood who was doing the dining room next to my space helped us set up the room and move all the furniture, he was amazing! David Santiago also was helpful and so supportive, it truly is a bonding process between designers, we are all in it together and want the experience for visitors walking through the house to be exciting and inspiring!

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?
Libby: I love doing a large space because it allows me to create multiple design moments in one room!

aspire: Describe the town of High Point in one sentence.
Libby: High Point is a little hamlet of hospitality and graciousness and as well as being the furniture capitol of the world, High Point is my hometown and where I grew up so it’s a very special place to me!

This or That?

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

Photography by Greg Browning.

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