Beth and Chris Collier bought a boarded up, historic building once a hospital and later, a nursing home. Both have ties to this building in Washington, North Carolina once known as the Tayloe Hospital. Chris's grandfather and great-grandfather were doctors there and Beth's grandmother lived there when it was a nursing home.
Their initial tour of the boarded up building included a discovery of hundreds of dead pigeons in the attic!
While most people wouldn't even consider an undertaking of this magnitude, Chris and Beth, an interior designer, painstakingly renovated this beautiful Georgian building for their family. It also serves as their studio for their furniture line, vanCollier. Take a look!
Their front door was once the ambulance entrance.
Beth chose to paint their foyer red as a nod to Albert Hadley's famous New York City apartment.
Beth and Chris perched on their Jeannie Ottoman.
I adore these cowhide barrel chairs from the Collier's furniture line. The extra-long tapered candles on the antique sconces add a bit of formality. Love them!
Rich aubergine marine paint on the study walls.
Beth, working in their light filled studio.
The building's elevator is original and is used to transport their finished furniture pieces.
The original fire escape, now provides natural light and a peak outside this bathroom.
They have some beautiful furniture and lighting in their line. See more here!
You can read the full article in Garden and Gun.
Photography by Patricia Lyons