'A Traditional Home With A Modern Twist'

May 2020 Issue

*This home tour was photographed before the NC Stay-At-Home Order was placed. I wish all of my readers safety and good health during the Covid-19 outbreak. I hope that this takes your mind off of some of the stress and sheds light and inspiration during this time, even for a few minutes.*

Meet the Home Owner:

Our May feature takes you inside the home of Martha Midgette, who is a master of sourcing thrifty treasures through local antique stores, Facebook Marketplace, and estate sales. Come inside and see how she's blended her traditional style with modern finishes.

What made you select this home or Raleigh?

My husband and I are both born and raised in the Triangle area! I’m from Raleigh and he’s from Cary, so we picked our home to be close to family and friends. I absolutely love living in Raleigh. It’s home - a place to explore, learn, and grow - and it’s constantly changing. Since I’ve lived here, Raleigh has transformed from a small-town vibe to a bustling city with some of the best restaurants, bars, and activities around. With always something new to do or try. But I appreciate that it can still feel small, there always seems to be three degrees of separation, which is what makes it feel like a community.

This home had everything we needed and wanted -- space to grow our family, a backyard for our pup, an open concept floor plan, great deck for hosting, and a garage that you can’t see from the street. I had a moment when we first saw this house, where I knew this was it. We actually ended up writing a letter to the homeowners when putting an offer on the house, thanking them for taking such great care of a place that could potentially hold so many of our memories in the future if we were lucky enough to call it our own. It worked! Also, shows how sentimental I am.

How has adjusting to this house and neighborhood been like?

Our neighborhood has been so welcoming. It is a very social, tight-knit neighborhood with monthly socials, holiday celebrations, and the casual get-togethers after work in the cul-de-sac as neighbors watch kids play basketball with a beer in hand.  It’s very similar to the neighborhoods we both grew up in.

I’m a planner, so before we even moved in, I envisioned where our current items would live, what look we wanted to accomplish in each space, and how we would make this house feel like a home. The biggest adjustment has been making intentional decisions on the items that help to update the house – new chandeliers, paint colors, hardware, and carpets - but within reason. For example, the wallpaper in the downstairs powder room and master bathroom is awesome, but the finishes were dated. We painted the sink cabinets and mirror, replaced the hardware, and changed all of the silver to brass finishes. Even after six months since moving in, we still have two somewhat empty bedrooms and empty windows without curtains because I’m taking my time decorating. This house is bigger than our previous home, and I want to ensure it all comes together. It’s nice to have a blank slate to work with and I don’t have to rush into anything.

What do you love most about this home?

We love how open our home is literally and figuratively. We are always hosting and oftentimes our home is the epicenter for our friends and family to hang out at.  Before we moved in, we did some minor renovations and part of that was taking down a wall between the kitchen and living room. It completely transformed the space! One of our favorite things is that you can be in the kitchen and still see the living room, sunroom, deck, or piano room from that space.

What was the biggest difference from your last home?

The biggest difference from our last house is we picked and purchased this home together (with my husband). This is also our forever home – so I’m very intentional with selections and purchases.

What is your design philosophy?

Know what you love and trust your eye - your gut will tell you! I’m a huge fan of cleanly styled; lover of blue and white; antique, yet traditional with pops of colors and art, just about everywhere!

Who or what is your biggest design inspiration?

I gravitate towards styles from designers and artists like Maura Enders, Bunny Williams,  Mark Sikes, William McLure, Josh Young, Gwen from The Makerista, and Alisa Bovino. They all share a love for finding secondhand pieces and creating a timeless mix of modern and traditional.  Can you imagine that dinner party? It would be such a fun yet intimidating group to host! I’d make everyone bring their own place setting, just to see the mix of styles that would all come together for what I bet would be the most stunning tablescape.

I have a lot of what's considered granny chic décor, Asian-influenced fabrics, prints, and wallpapers. I layer in accessories or knick-knacks that add just the right touch of dimension without being cluttered. It’s a delicate balance that I work towards finding within my own home and with clients – creating the perfect vignette.