A recent article featured on North Carolina Design shares the details about our 2014 Fall Parade Homes entry in Mill House Place Winston-Salem.


Sharing details about this beautiful lake house retreat today is guest blogger Winston-Salem interior designer June DeLugas, of June DeLugas Interiors. Not only do I like her work, I count her as a good friend. This project offers soothing tones that flow well from room to room. Much thanks again to June for detailing another project with North Carolina Design.

Images Courtesy of June DeLugas Interiors ©

Each year June DeLugas Interiors is asked to create a beautiful home and to oversee the entire building process, both for the Spring and Fall Parade of Homes. This twice a year event is a huge endeavor for the Winston-Salem Home Builders Association, promoting dozens of newly constructed houses by many premier local builders – which are then open for public viewing. While homeowners look to the occasion for inspiring ideas, most don’t realize that these homes are then judged by an impartial team of professionals. Builders and design teams with the highest scores are honored to have their efforts recognized, accepting a coveted gold, silver or platinum award.

The theme for our 2014 Fall Parade of Homes entry, shown here, was “A Quiet, Rustic Lake House Retreat.” Our focus was on capturing the simple, tailored style and youthful freshness of this beautiful home. We were very pleased with the finished result.

We consider the art of decorating houses to be much like composing music. We began the process with a prelude. As you enter the double front doors made of solid mahogany, the interior’s openness flows into the family room with vaulted ceilings. It is welcoming and inviting, and gives you a glimpse of what is yet to come.

The melody was our floor plan. We chose a fluid floor plan that incorporated a lot of windows, allowing us to take full advantage of the natural light and the picturesque view of the lake. Notes of color created interest within the house. Layers of fresh light grey colors made a beautiful statement throughout the sweeping rooms alongside rustic organic wood accents.

Our design inspiration came from the recycled heart pine floors that the builder, Don Hamrick, salvaged from an old home. The vision continued to evolve as all of the elements were chosen. The furnishings came from June DeLugas Interiors retail location in Clemmons which proudly supports American-made home furnishings.

The custom-made tables were crafted by a local artisan using salvaged wood from West Point Pepperell in Fort Mill, SC. Upholstery pieces including the sofa were made by Hickory Chair. Simple linen fabrics were custom tailored as window treatments to frame the windows. A soft, gray linen frames the lake view from the family room windows, while a white linen with a gray top trim is the perfect completion to the windows in the dining room. The impression came together in such a positive way that word traveled throughout the Triad and brought a host of interested visitors.

It is very rewarding to get the same “Wow!” response from potential homebuyers and sightseers as they toured the home. It’s the music that the ears of a designer never grow tired of hearing. I also find that it has me looking forward to an encore performance in the Spring.