Sentimental North Carolina Spruce-Up

In Maggie Griffin’s line of work, she rarely steps into a space without envisioning how she’d change it from top to bottom. A 1980s mountain home designed by notable Atlanta-based architect Norman Askins became the exhilarating exception. “It was love at first sight,” says Maggie, the owner of her eponymous interior design firm in Gainesville, Georgia.

Maggie was enamored of the abode’s lived-in ambience and existing appeal, including stenciled heart pine floors. She focused on outfitting her family’s vacation home with a blend of old and new that feels at once cozy and chic. In the foyer, tangerine-hued lamps, a pagoda mirror, and a set of chinoiserie chairs with flame-stitch cushions jazz up a wooden chest of drawers and Limoges china on the wall.