Donna and Paul | Tulsa, OK

Habersham Home Tulsa OK ExteriorDonna and Paul at Home

“Habersham's custom cabinetry helped us complete the vision we had for our dream home.”

Architect: Pat Fox, Fox Architects
Photography by Peter Rymwid

“This home is the topper to my life, a true labor of love,” says Donna, describing the stunning home she shares with husband Paul in Tulsa, OK.
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Donna and Dave | Raleigh, NC

Donna and Dave Allen

“The flexible Habersham design process made our dream home a reality.”

Photography by Peter Rymwid

For Donna Allen, home design isn’t a process, but a passion. Working closely with husband Dave, she designs home interiors and exteriors for their building and renovation projects. Whether it’s a spec home or a room project, Donna oversees every element of the design process – from wrought iron exterior accents to cabinetry crown molding.

The duo has worked with Habersham on a number of projects and when it came time to build their own home, they planned to use it in one room…and just kept going.

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“We fell in love with Habersham when we first saw it years ago in a designer showroom. It’s a company that truly ‘gets it’ about furniture. The pieces are well made– calling upon a time-honored design process,” says Donna. “I had a design in mind before I even started working on this home and Habersham perfectly reflected my vision.”

Since the couple’s children and grandchildren lived in Raleigh, Donna and Dave decided to pull up stakes from their home base in Alabama and move to North Carolina. The Habersham Custom Kitchen Cabinetery Breakfast Areaneighborhood they chose was in the historic Five Points area of Raleigh, so it was important to the couple to design a home that not only worked within the architectural, landscape and other certified requirements of the neighborhood, but one that blended aesthetically with the other homes and overall atmosphere as well.

“The homes here are Tudor, French Provincial, and Georgian, so we opted for a European Georgian style to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood – carrying the style from the exterior to the interior,” Donna explains. “Our home reflects our travels and interest in art and handmade craftsmanship – from the Habersham cabinetry and furniture right down to our stairway, which is all hand-turned wood.”

For the kitchen, Donna wanted a casual European elegance with a new world twist. “I wanted a casual look with a touch of whimsy,” she explains. “Your home should have your own stamp. In Europe you don’t find homes that are all French or all Italian—that’s more an American thing. Because of Habersham’s design flexibility, they allow you to make your own space unique. The design team is very open to your ideas, shows you how things can work with your colors, and then helps achieve your vision.”

Donna drew and scaled her kitchen, working closely with the Habersham team on molding choices, dimensions, reviewing board/color samples and more. “The process worked so well for me,” she says. “The Habersham team is not locked into design restrictions—rather they wanted to help me with everything I hoped to achieve.”

Habersham Custom Mantle  and Coffee Table DesignDonna had found antique, hand-carved animalia designs from the 1800s and early 1900s that she wanted to incorporate to create a “Hunt” theme. Habersham‘s artisans worked with her to paint the designs and integrate them into the cabinetry.

Playing to her sense of whimsy, there is a fox looking out from the range hood, while a dog searches for him below. Fish and fowl designs on hunt plaques tie the theme together, while Victorian rosettes above the integrated refrigeration complete the look.

In the living room area, Donna wanted to find a way to create an Old World fireplace that could work with their TV. She drew the design and again worked with Habersham to create a custom design that effectively blended Old World sensibilities with modern technology.

The family room brought its own design challenges. “I wanted a country home in the city, but with this lot and building in a city, there were limitations,” she says, explaining how they were not able to place the family room/study on the first floor. “So we moved it upstairs and made it work.”

Habersham Custom Home Office Design

To provide dual workspace so their daughter would also have room to work when she visited, Donna and the Habersham team created a “workspace office.” Each side provides plentiful, practical room for a computer, dvds, and desktop. Designed to look like three drawers on either side, the space includes one top drawer while the bottom two are actually a single file cabinet.

“The piece and its finish offer a comfortable, relaxed look, which is so important. You shouldn’t feel ‘afraid’ of using or damaging your furniture. Comfort is key,” she says.

The master bath was designed with two opposing his and hers sinks. Donna wanted an elevated backsplash, which Habersham accommodated by providing a rounded front allowing the sink and faucet area to be pushed out further.

Habersham Custom Bath Cabinetry Master Bath

“If you look in the mirror of the ‘his’ side here, you will see how we tried to create a complimentary, yet different look for the ‘her’ side with three sections of mirror and chandelier lighting.” Habersham Guest Bath Custom Cabinetry

A lovely guest bath also reflects the overall design style of the home with its casual bead board and soft, hand-styled finish.

For the bedroom, Donna and Dave were able to order a customized addition to an existing piece of Habersham to make room for a larger TV.

When they originally purchased the media center/sideboard 9 years ago, Habersham shipped it with a sample board featuring the finish from the piece. Donna was able to ship that finish board to the factory to use in matching the new piece that now sits on top and holds the TV.

The addition is versatile too, as it is designed to either sit on top as shown, or be mounted on a wall.

Habersham Custom Entertainment Center

“If you can envision it, Habersham can create it–working closely with you along the way. It is a wonderful design partnership experience,” said Donna.

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Bill and Sarah Chapin | Naples, FL

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“We wanted our home to reflect the Old World, timeless elegance we experienced while vacationing in Monaco and other places in Europe. Habersham helped us do just that.”

For Florida real estate developer Bill Chapin and his wife Sarah (shown above with Lucky and Jinx), quality craftsmanship and location are integral to every project they launch. That was especially true when it came to their own residence. Nestled along Venetian Bay in Naples, FL, the 4000-square-foot home was a true labor of love for the couple.

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Linda Vickers | Potomac, Maryland

post thumbnail Featured Designer: Haleh Niroo "I instantly fell in love with Habersham’s Old World elegance." - Linda Vickers

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For Linda Vickers, it was love at first sight … Visiting homes with her real estate agent in anticipation of a planned move with her husband to Potomac, MD , Linda came upon a spec home by David Niroo, Niroo Masterpieces. During her tour of the 25,000‐square‐foot home, Linda was taken with the custom kitchen that David’s wife and interior design partner Haleh Niroo, Haleh Design, Inc., had created.

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Working with the custom kitchen cabinetry design team at Habersham, Haleh had fashioned a stunning space that is as fabulous as it is functional. Haleh’s choice of rich, hand‐styled finishes for the spacious island, Venetian Hearth range hood, integrated refrigeration and other cabinetry exuded an Old World look and feel that instantly captured Linda’s attention.

“She fell in love with the kitchen and when I told Linda about Habersham’s custom capabilities for other rooms in the home, including the master suite, she saw a special opportunity,” says Haleh. “The chance to create an interior design environment custom tailored to her own needs and style sensibilities was especially appealing to Linda.”

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For the master dressing room, Haleh was faced with a number of challenges ‐‐ a third of the closet space was taken up by a large window and the other walls had obstacles and obstructions. Haleh’s solution – to outfit the space with wall‐ to‐wall mirrored panels and storage areas by Habersham. Framed in a soft, hand‐styled Sandemar finish , the mirrors helped to dramatically open up the small 10 ‘ x 12’ space.

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“Your home should envelop you in luxury every time you step through the door. That’s especially true with the master bath,” says Haleh, pointing to the Habersham custom vanity and mirror designs she chose for the space. If you look in the mirror you’ll get a glimpse of the Habersham Bibilotheque that is also part of the master suite.

“I believe that beauty is in the details,” adds Haleh, explaining how Habersham’s finishes and custom designs provided the perfect complement to the master bath’s chandelier and ceiling mural. “I worked very closely with Linda to understand exactly how she wanted to use and enjoy this space.”

Habersham Belmont SystemHabersham Valencia Table

For the family room, Haleh chose Habersham’s dramatic, custom‐styled and hand‐painted Belmont TV unit as the central focal point. Habersham’s Valencia Table and Adelaide Chairs provide a casually elegant touch to the dining room.

Haleh and Linda are still working together on other parts of the home, including a “Doll Room” where Habersham cabinetry has been used to showcase Linda’s exquisite collection of antique and rare dolls.

“I love working with the Habersham line,” adds Haleh. “From the limitless custom capabilities to the versatile styles and finishes, Habersham always helps me meet and exceed my client’s expectations.”

Builder Showcase Home | Northville, MI

post thumbnail Featured Designer: Cheryl Nestro "Habersham’s capacity for custom work is nothing short of amazing." - Cheryl Nestro

Cheryl Nestro of Tutto InteriorsWhen Cheryl Nestro learned that Habersham had significantly expanded its fine furniture and cabinetry custom capabilities a little over four years ago, she knew the line was the perfect match for her newest project.    At the time, the award‐winning interior designer and owner of Michigan‐based Tutto Interiors had partnered with a local builder, the owner of Vistal Homes, to help design the interiors for his 8500‐square‐foot showcase home in Northville, MI.

“I’ve always had a passion for Habersham so I introduced the builder to the line and he loved it,” Cheryl says. “Habersham’s grand scale furnishings and stunning finishes have been the perfect fit for the larger Michigan home projects I typically work on, like this one. And, the company’s capacity for custom work helped seal the deal.”

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Always up for a challenge, Cheryl started with the home’s expansive living room. “This was an oddly shaped room with all sorts of angles that were best dealt with through custom, built‐in design work,” she explains. “So I took specifications from a Habersham furniture piece I thought was stunning, did some drawings of the space and then worked with the Habersham team to redesign and modify the piece for the area around the fireplace. Habersham shipped the finished design and the builder installed it onsite.”

Custom Built Furniture From Habersham

Custom Art By Habersham

For the library, Cheryl chose a configuration of Habersham’s Belmont library system to work within the space. “We installed the Belmont first and then the builder followed with a lovely coffered ceiling and wall paneling to give the room a rich, built‐in look.”

Habersham Belmont Library SystemHabersham Custom Belmont Library System

Cheryl also created a striking built‐in look for the dining room with Habersham’s St. Julien Cabinet . “We literally built the room around this piece,” she explains. “The crown molding was designed to meet the crown of the cabinet. I chose the beautiful Empire Studio finish to complete the look.” As she was designing the home to reflect the style preferences and design tastes of her builder client, Cheryl worked to carry these deep, more masculine finishes through key rooms of the interior space.

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The home itself is nestled along a small body of water. To complement the beautiful view from the master suite, Cheryl chose the Palm Court Media Center in the soft, Sandemar finish, to create a light, airy look. Providing the perfect contrast to the light tile and stone in the master bath, as well as a hand‐finished barreled wall concealing a stairway to a gym below, Habersham cabinetry was hand‐finished in a rich, deep Brittany tone for a stunning effect.

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The home was recently sold to new homeowners who fell in love with the location, unique architectural styling and Habersham furnishings and cabinetry.“When you find someone who really loves Habersham, who understands the nuances of the line and the grand statement it can make, there’s no turning back,” adds Cheryl.

Jim & Pegi | Banner Elk, North Carolina

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“Habersham helps an exquisite European chateau feel right at home in Banner Elk.”

For Boca Raton couple Jim and Pegi, their dream vacation home was not designed to be the place to get away from it all. “Rather it became the place where everything comes together,” says Pegi.

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Habersham Kitchen | Potomac, Maryland

post thumbnail Featured Designer: Haleh Niroo "Habersham’s old world elegance helped us create a kitchen that is the new heart of our home." -

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“I wanted a beautiful new room that just happened to be a totally functional kitchen,” said the homeowner to her designer, Haleh Niroo, Haleh Design, Inc. Sometimes renovations can be tougher than starting from scratch. But Haleh understood exactly what her clients wanted. The homeowners both agreed that “working with Haleh was like no work at all.”

Taking care of three children and managing busy medical and surgical practices left little time in their demanding schedules to begin renovating parts of their lovely 14-year-old home. The goal? To begin transitioning some of the home’s beautiful contemporary interiors to reflect styles that were more classical in nature.

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Mike & Cookie | Hampstead, North Carolina

post thumbnail Featured Designer: Nancy Scott "We have two fabulous kitchens, we call it His and Hers Habersham" - Mike & Cookie

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Cookie has always been a fan of Habersham and their custom-designed, handcrafted furniture. “I was absolutely delighted when I learned that Habersham is now creating extraordinary kitchen and bath cabinetry,” said Cookie. “It’s a natural extension for them because their design sense just organically lends itself to the whole home.”

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Laura & Stephen | Great Falls, Virginia

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“The feel of a Mediterranean villa, right here in Great Falls. Grazie, Habersham.”

When Laura and Stephen Robinson began designing their home in Great Falls, they had two goals in mind. First, the home was to serve as a showcase for the wide range of capabilities and custom features that Stephen’s business, Chesapeake Construction Company, could provide. The second was to create an environment conducive to large-scale entertaining for the many fundraising events the philanthropic couple hosts throughout the year.

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