Scot Meacham Wood Creates A Hybrid Dining Room And Family Office Space

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.

For a room that is equal parts dining room, family office, and household nerve center, designer Scot Meacham Wood created a multi-layered space, anchored by a vivid palette of blue and white, offset with unexpected pink accents. The room is a showcase for Wood’s York Check wall covering and Camille Floral print, as well as a selection of upholstered pieces by the designer.

aspire design and home: How much time did you have to complete this room, start to finish?
Scot Meacham Wood: Installation took about 3 days – after likely 6 months of prepping!

aspire: What was your biggest challenge? Did you have a Eureka moment during the process?
Scot: It’s always a challenge to work several time zones away from one’s studio! The first time I saw the room – the house was still under construction! And the next time I saw our space the delivery truck was pulling up outside to start unloading the entire room of furniture and decoratives!

aspire: What did you and your team accomplish that you thought would not happen in time?
Scot: We ALWAYS get it done. And the good news was – we were in High Point! If we ended up needing something at the last minute, the entire home furnishings industry was at our doorstep!

aspire: What was your inspiration for this room?
Scot: We wanted to use this dining room in the deeply historic home to create a space that was timeless. There are elements evoking the 1940’s, and the 1980’s, and the present day!

aspire: Did you step out of your comfort zone for this project, and if so, why?
Scot: This space is RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE 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?
Scot: We purposefully collaborated with Root Cellar Design – as their space was immediately visible from our space. We were sending color samples and textile patterns for several months before the debut of our rooms!

aspire: Is your preference for a showhouse a small space or large space? Does one or the other provide a better opportunity to stretch your creativity?
Scot: The size of the space never matters – it’s all about bringing one’s own creativity to the room – and telling a story through textiles and furniture. Just like we do for our design clients.

aspire: Describe the town of High Point in one sentence.
Scot: Creativity and industry all wrapped in a charming southern city!

This or That?

aspire: Paint or wallpaper?
Scot: Wallpaper
aspire: Hardwood or rug?
Scot: Rug
aspire: Beach or Mountains?
Scot: Actually – City.
aspire: Saturated Color or Black and White?
Scot: Bold Saturated Colours!
aspire: Brunch or Dinner?
Scot: Brunch
aspire: Midcentury or 18th Century?
Scot: Actually 19th Century
aspire: Draperies, shades, or nothing?
aspire: 2001: A Space Odyssey or The English Patient?
Scot: The English Patient
aspire: Week at the spa or Week of Broadway shows?
Scot: Broadway Shows

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