Irrefutably one of the great ladies of Southern décor, Lynn Morgan and her design firm have been creating inspiring interiors for over two decades. Her work has graced the pages of almost every top shelter magazine and House Beautiful has named her one of the top American designers. Who can forget one of the most pinned living rooms of all time, designed by Ms. Morgan?
I sure cannot, and after several years from its publication it still remains a favorite among design enthusiasts. When it comes to interior designers, one of the best ways to gain insight into their aesthetic is to have a look at their homes. For the majority of decorators, their own home becomes a design lab of sorts, a space that most authentically reflects their design philosophy. Today’s post is such a home tour- Lynn Morgan’s historic Savannah abode.
Situated in the famed oak-lined historic Savannah district, the house is an 1853 Greek Revival commissioned by a shipping magnate. In contrast with its imposing exterior, when decorating its interiors Morgan followed a NO FUSS mantra.
¨I wanted it to be simple, clean-lined and inviting, with a little bit of glamour and a lot of comfort. ¨ (Lynn Morgan for House Beautiful)
The fresh living room is a study in white with calming touches of blues and greens. High-gloss white paint on the moldings emphasizes the home’s beautiful architecture and contrasts the walls’ matte finish. Antiques Louis XV chairs are mixed with fun fabric prints and a rustic coffee table. A seagrass rug grounds the room and provides additional texture.
A close-up of the fireplace reveals the same chic simplicity in styling. Pickle jars and fresh flowers are all that’s needed to accent the mantel.
The bright entryway is kept light. A gilded eagle mirror and blue and white porcelain stand atop a painted antique console table.
In the dining room, more blues and greens.
“I bring those beautiful colors of the Caribbean into every room. I love the idea of being at the beach wherever I am.” (Lynn Morgan for House Beautiful)
In the kitchen, oak countertops stained a dark brown add a weight to the all-white cabinets. Floors are painted a playful checkerboard pattern. Bead board and subtle blues give this space a beach cottage feel.
The master bedroom is an oasis of calm that continues the color palette. Walls are painted Benjamin Moore-Mountain Mist. Glass doors connect the bedroom with a light-filled dressing room.
The same beach house vibe is conjured up in the master bath with the bead board wall treatment and seascape photography.
The landscape of the delicate courtyard garden (designed by Marshall Stone) is filled with jasmine, hydrangeas, orange trees and creeping fig. The ground is covered with antique brick and crushed oyster shells. French iron garden furniture and a Pottery Barn sunbrella are a beautiful focal point in the tiny but grand patio. As usual, I am in love!
For more details and the specific sources, head over to the original House Beautiful article.