At Home with Laura Vinroot Poole

LAURA VINROOT POOLE has a serious eye for detail and if you don’t know, Laura owns the very chic Capitol and Poole Shop boutiques in Charlotte’s South Park. She is known for her sophisticated take on southern style and design bloggers adore her. In fact, one of my first articles on Zavvi Rodaine was about Capitol entitled Southern Sophisticate. It’s been a while, so when I came across these old tear sheets from Domino and Charlotte magazines, I thought it was time to revisit “Poole House” and its mid-century modern design.

Laura’s husband, PERRY POOLE is an architect and he completely gutted and re-designed their home to make it suitable for a growing family. During the process, Perry discovered that the house, once considered the “ugliest in Charlotte”, actually had good bones with a solid steel frame that is now a major feature of the home.

In a recent view of the living room, an Edward Wormley sofa sits across from a 1960s James Mont daybed. The table lamps are Max Ingrand and notice the chain-link space curtain by Paco Rabanne in the left corner which provides a unique peek into their home office. Perry’s favorite Sonambient sculpture next to the daybed is by Harry Bertoia.

In this photo from Domino, the living room is styled slightly different with orange coral in the fireplace, striped pillows on the chairs and standing floor lamps by Jacque Adnet.

The family room features walls covered in grass cloth, custom bookshelves that are home to a collection of Domus magazine and a limestone fireplace designed by Perry. The Wormley sofa is covered in Lulu DK fabric and the arm chair is Jean Prouvé. The wall sconce over the fireplace is Jean Royere and the leather coffee table is Karl Springer.

Laura framed de Gournay wallpaper which is a genius way to incorporate expensive wallpaper into your home. The dining table and Brazzaville sideboard are Jean Prouvé and the dining table chairs are T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings. The light fixture is Serge Mouille.

In their daughter’s room, a mint green theme was used along with framed characters from the Dick and Jane books.

For a guest room, interior designer Barrie Benson helped Laura fabricate the pink box-pleated canopy and bed skirt from 36 bedspreads! The bed frame is classic fretwork and a red cane tray table is used bedside.

In the master bedroom, Leontine Linens on the bed and a Harvey Probber sofa for lounging. The wall sconce is Jean Prouvé, but my favorite is the antique silver leaf Chinese screen with a dragon motif.

Another favorite is this Tommy Parzinger dresser tucked carefully away in a nook Perry created to add visual interest. They bought the gilt mirror at Marshall Field’s in Chicago. The photographs are by Matthew Porter.

In one of the most popular closets of all time, the 400 square foot walk-in that Perry designed for Laura’s to-die-for wardrobe. The wallpaper is Osbourne & Little and the photo is Laura’s ultimate style icon…her mother.

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