Frequently referred to as one of the best small cities in America, Morgantown, W.Va., is a thriving and prosperous community, facts that drew California native Sheila Hunt and her family to Morgantown when relocating to the East Coast. Designer Stephen Shutts tells how he brought his classic style to these West Virginia transplants.
Sheila knew exactly what she wanted and brought me on board to help her achieve her dream interior. She wanted a home that reflected her vision, while simultaneously functioning for her husband, two children and their cat. Incorporating family heirlooms, antiques and vintage pieces along with new furnishings and accessories, we worked together to find just the right look: a personal haven of style and relaxation.
The formal dining room was the first space to be addressed because it’s one of the first spaces guests see upon entering the house, and also because Sheila loves to entertain and wanted to be able to do so as soon as possible.
The color scheme, albeit unusual for a dining room, was based on a space Sheila had seen in a magazine and immediately fell in love with. She had been carrying around this magazine for years, and was thrilled to finally see the image become her own. As soon as I found out the blue walls were in the mix, I knew I wanted to use Beacon Hill linen in the same tone for the upholstery.
Sheila wanted the home’s study to reflect a more masculine aesthetic, but still feel fresh and modern so as to “speak” to the rest of the house. I’ve always loved the combination of rich, cobalt blue with black and white, and thought it would work beautifully in this space. Sheila liked the idea as well, and loves the way it turned out. It’s a very inviting room where you want to linger — perfect for a study. After the wall color, the draperies are the star of this space, featuring Ralph Lauren Home menswear-inspired herringbone tweed suspended from polished nickel hardware.
The master bedroom is all about glamor! Sheila loves all things French, so we decided to go for a contemporary French deco-glam look. Icy celadon (taking form in the fabulous Ann Gish linens) is mixed with platinum and the same crisp white, a color scheme used throughout the house. The settee is a luxurious, romantic take on the traditional bedroom lounge chair.