Cowper Residence Raleigh

5,000 Square Feet

An extensive renovation turned a previously unremarkable house into a relevant, modern and extraordinary residence, nestled in Raleigh’s prestigious Hayes Barton neighborhood.

Excessive elements were stripped away to create a restrained yet dynamic environment, where lustrous finishes are paired with handsome, crisp furnishings, perfectly suited to the clients—a jet-set professional couple with a young family.  Though they travel often, the owners are firmly rooted in the area and have large extended families nearby. The home functions as a sophisticated, intimate enclave and a welcoming gathering place for relatives.

The exterior façade was softened with new landscaping and a romantic portico, built off the living room, which allows for chic indoor-outdoor entertaining.

Inside, the design emphasizes Art Deco and traditional Southern and French styles, woven artfully together in a stylish and sublime setting. Vintage and contemporary furnishings—many of them custom designed—compliment the sophisticated finishes: printed linen wall coverings, deep stained cherry wood paneled walls, and silk rugs.  These rich textures add depth and warmth to the home’s soft, sumptuous materials.

Topping off the layered tableau is the clients’ blue-chip contemporary art collection. Bold and kinetic works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Longo, and Donald Sultan are showcased throughout.

The result is a glamorous, feminine and subtly eclectic environment that evokes a cultivated but casual lifestyle.

Cowper Residence Raleigh