True to Tradition

Lauren Deloach balances the lively with the serene using her signature timeless touch

Some of us have the great fortune of absolutely loving pieces that are handed down from family members, and Jane Hight is one of those lucky ones. She grew up with her mother’s and grandmother’s vast collections of blue-and-white and Imari porcelain—pieces that made a lasting impression and informed her decorating choices early on. Having served as the accountant for interior designer Lauren DeLoach for several years, it was natural for Hight to enlist the designer’s help when decorating her home. 

“I love Lauren’s style, and it was natural for us to work together from the start on this new house,” says Hight. “I know what I like, but not how to put it all together which Lauren is brilliant at doing. Also, we are both decisive and that made the process so enjoyable.”

When it came to a color palette, the pair looked no further than Hight’s beloved family porcelain. “While we knew we would use blue, finding the right shade took some study,” says DeLoach. “We didn’t want a too-saturated hue, but we didn’t want it too pale. We also needed another color to add punctuation marks here and there, so the salmon hue came from the Imari porcelain.” DeLoach used that shade in living room pillows and for the dining room chair fabric. “In the dining room, we chose a washed-out coral linen damask for the window treatments—it’s less formal than traditional damask, so it brought a lighter note in the space.”

DeLoach respected Hight’s love of traditional style, but she added more transitional pieces to keep the look fresh and not too formal. For example, in the living room, antiques mingle with a gilt and glass coffee table, blue tiger-print pillows and a striking contemporary painting by Erin McIntosh. In addition to the porcelain, other pieces in the living room remind Hight of family, such as her grandmother’s pair of Satsuma lamps.

In the classic white kitchen, the outstanding pewter-clad vent hood strikes a sophisticated industrial note, and DeLoach also included two large iron lanterns. “I use a lot of lanterns and wrought iron chandeliers to keep things from looking too stuffy,” says DeLoach. “They add a friendly note and have that nod to the outdoors.” 

DeLoach also integrated many of Hight’s great finds from Scott Antique Markets such as Oushak rugs, mirrors and chandeliers into the design scheme. “When Lauren would place something, it was always right,” says Hight.

INTERIOR DESIGN Lauren DeLoach, Lauren DeLoach Interiors; ARCHITECTURE Bradley Heppner Architecture, LLC, (404) 745-9339 LANDSCAPE DESIGN Todd Yeager, Bellwether Landscape Architects, (404) 996-1232; CONSTRUCTION Bryan David, David Construction Group, LLC, (404) 398-7004;