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THE ROANOKER HOMES 2017

Above: Vases, pretty
platters and artwork can
instantly update a room.

great. Traditional upholstery furniture with a rolled arm and
classic lines are in style, too."
A classic sofa is important, both in comfort and style.
There are many different styles as far as arms and skirts, and
Stephenson recommends a loose back because they tend to
be more comfortable. Club chairs are great, too, adding convenient seating as well as enhancing the room's look.
Stephenson loves to work with antiques. The younger
generations may say "brown is down," wanting to change
up their spaces more often and get rid of the old stuff. Stephenson, however, believes antiques will always be wonderful
to work with and involve investment pieces. An entire room
can be anchored around a beautiful chest, for example, and
she personally loves collections.
"I collect different kinds of potteries and porcelains, art
and funny things that make me happy," she says.
Like many interior designers, Stephenson often uses her
own home to inspire clients. "I have some things in my office that people can sit in, but if there's a certain sofa or a

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light fixture that I happen to have, they are welcome to come
over and see it. I've even done window filming because I
had artwork I was trying to protect. I use my house as an
example all the time."

ACCESSORIES
Accessories are an important piece of the interior design
puzzle. They can update a room without blowing a budget and include everything from pillows and lamps to
frames and vases.
"Pillows are important," Stephenson says. "Some people
have a love/hate relationship with them because they can get
in the way, but they are so pretty."
Custom-made pillows tend to be expensive due to the
many steps involved, from buying decorative fabric and
fringe, the form that goes inside and paying someone to make
it. It adds up, but can completely change the style of a room.
Stephenson also tries to have interesting lamps for clients
to see. She keeps them classic because "you want to have

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