New Traditional Living: CFD in Chapel Hill Magazine

This New Traditional Living design for an incredible family was a dream project in and of itself. But when the folks at Chapel Hill Magazine said they were interested in showcasing this wonderful couple and their beautiful, New Traditional Living style home in the December issue- well, we just could not have been more thrilled. For us, doing our very best work and seeing homeowners so happy with their custom design is what it’s all about. But even so, seeing our clients in a gorgeous print spread enjoying that perfect finished space gives us the big happy feels and all the best design joy. We’ve had to keep quiet about this one as it was going to print, and we’re SO excited it’s here and we get to share it with you today!

New Traditional Living

But we know y’all love a good behind-the-scenes, so let’s get into some of that design backstory! If you’ve been following for a little bit we know you’ve caught a few sneak peeks of this space over on our social media, as well as a look into one of our favorite spaces to date- their gorgeous Modern Parlor. This home was new construction with tons of classic charm already woven in throughout, such as traditional moldings and wainscoting, tray ceilings, and tall windows. These homeowners are working professionals and parents who share a streamlined, sleek taste and were looking for a design vision to seamlessly bridge and blend their traditional home with modern design and furnishings.

Design Dimension

This couple’s natural love of neutrals led us to create a custom color palette with lots of fresh, crisp cream and ivory tones. To add depth, dimension, and richness we layered in blues, then let the colors pop with hints of warm and bright earth tones. One thing we especially enjoyed about this design was adding in sleek, sophisticated metallics throughout the decor, lighting, and styling touches. The finished effect was a stunning union of serene + bold, with both classic and design-forward elements beautifully highlighted. These homeowners also let us get creative with art, adding in custom pieces throughout the home that brought life, energy, and character to the space. Building out a robust master design plan and layering in each and every detail allowed us to create full customization and deep personalization in the space.

Beautiful, Liveable, Home

This is truly a family home, meant to be enjoyed not just for entertaining but as a much-loved family space, and that was part of the design vision from the outset. This couple wanted a space that was not only beautiful and polished, but also comfortable and fit to cater to the bustle of daily living, working, relaxing, and playing of a busy young family. Function and liveability were front and center in the design plan, and making incredibly usable, durable areas that are outright gorgeous at the same time is one of our favorite design challenges. We love creating spaces that are a reflection of the homeowner’s themselves, but it’s very much also about creating rooms that flow beautifully- seating areas that give comfort and presence, and a home that you can enjoy to the fullest in the ebb and flow of real life.

Courtesy of Cat Wilborne Photography

Creatively Captured

The very talented writer Anne Tate and editor Jessica Stringer at Chapel Hill Magazine did an incredible job of highlighting so much about the life and personality of this wonderful couple. The beautiful images in the feature article were taken by Cornell Watson. We can’t help but love how they truly captured the artistic, family-centered design we created for this home. A huge thank you to our photographer, Cat Wilborne, who provided our images for the studio as well as the feature image in this post. We are also beyond thankful to these clients for the opportunity to be invited in to create something unique with them, and for their generosity in sharing their experience- in addition to letting readers take a look inside their life and home. If you’d like to see more of this New Traditional Living design, the full article in digital form is available to everyone on the Chapel Hill Magazine website and you can view it by clicking here!

Courtesy of Cat Wilborne Photography

You can also view all of our own images from this New Traditional Living design on our Portfolio Page. We’ll be sharing more details from each room later on, but in the meantime catch more images and updates on our Facebook Page, or on Instagram @Catfrenchdesign. Have a question about your space or looking for a custom design? We’re here to help! You can always reach us at, or on the website via our Contact Page.