Meg Caswell Drapes A Master Bedroom In Bold Blues And Crisp White

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 Meg Caswell to learn more about her creative process in designing the Master Bedroom for this project.

aspire design and home: How much time did you have to complete this room, start to finish?
Meg Caswell: They always give you enough time but I never start until close to the deadline because my paying clients always come first. 4 weeks approximately

aspire: What was your biggest challenge? Did you have a Eureka moment during the process?
Meg: The fabric I had initially selected for the drapery which is the largest pattern in the room was not properly reserved for me and was out of stock when we were ready to proceed so I had to reimagine quickly. I have learned in this industry that my plan B has to be better than my plan A.

aspire: What did you and your team accomplish that you thought would not happen in time?
Meg: Nightstands! I had wanted to use the Lucite glass table for both my nightstands but they ended up with only 1 left so I used it as my desk in the room. Furnitureland south came to my rescue and I was able to go and pick up two great white nightstands the day before opening.

aspire: What was your inspiration for this room?
Meg: There is a lot of light in the master bedroom and I wanted to make sure I kept it nice and fresh but also had some weight to it which is why I painted the ceiling and all the trim. Both men and women can always agree on blue in the bedroom. Its classic and never goes out of style.

aspire: Did you step out of your comfort zone for this project, and if so, why?
Meg: I always like to go bold and use a lot of pattern so there really isn’t anything that pushes me out of my comfort zone.

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?
Meg: I had no idea what anyone else was doing. Good taste goes well with good taste no matter what the room looks like next to you.

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?
Meg: I prefer larger spaces because there are more elements you can add to get your vision and style across.

aspire: Describe the town of High Point in one sentence.
Meg: An old town filled with beautiful historic homes that has become the mecca of design.

This or That?

aspire: Paint or wallpaper?
Meg: Wallpaper
aspire: Hardwood or rug?
Meg: Rug
aspire: Beach or Mountains?
Meg: BEACH
aspire: Saturated Color or Black and White?
Meg: COLOR COLOR COLOR
aspire: Brunch or Dinner?
Meg: BRUNCH so it can last all day
aspire: Midcentury or 18th Century?
Meg: Midcentury
aspire: Draperies, shades, or nothing?
Meg: All the above
aspire: 2001: A Space Odyssey or The English Patient?
Meg: Neither
aspire: Week at the spa or Week of Broadway shows?
Meg: SPA

Click Here to view more interviews with our High Point designers.

Photography by Dustin Peck.

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