Interior designer Nancy Price and architect Ken Tate had their work cut out for them: to revive a 1950s mid-century home in Jackson, Mississippi. And the results are nothing short of breathtaking. Nancy created a décor that fuses the Los Angeles-born husband’s interest in mid-century architecture with the Asian sensibilities of his wife, who grew up in Bali and traveled extensively in Southeast Asia. Designed to blend nature with modernity, this serene abode is heaven for MCM lovers. We asked Nancy to talk about her stunning work. Read on:
Where is this mid-century home located?
The Moritary residence is located in the prestigious Eastover neighborhood of Jackson, Mississippi.
When was the home built and how large is it?
The home began life as a classic mid-century modern dwelling in the 1950’s. With all of it’s additions and improvements, it now spans 8,000 square feet, with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths.
What did the owners of the home want out of the space?
The clients had a vision of living in a quiet sanctuary surrounded by nature. To achieve this, walls of plate glass were added to melt the division between the interior and the wooded setting. The design is all about the beauty and calm of Modernism in a natural setting.
Where did you draw inspiration for the project?
I drew inspiration from marrying the clients’ more dramatic Asian pieces with understated contemporary furnishings and area rugs. Mid-century modern pieces, like the dining room’s vintage sideboard, provide a link between the two styles. There is often a hint of something Asian in mid-century modern furniture, but with a very clean silhouette.
How long did the whole renovation and design process take?
The project spanned over three years, from the initial consultation with architect Ken Tate to its completion.
What kinds of architectural improvements did Tate make to the home?
While retaining its original one-story 1950s brick façade, updated with white paint and new glass doors and windows, the house now also includes an asymmetrical pair of two-story wings designed by Tate in 21st-century modern style. The addition features walls of plate glass that melt the division between the interior and the wooded setting, fulfilling the clients’ vision of living in a quiet sanctuary surrounded by nature.
The clients were very involved in the design and construction process. Although the wife is a physician, she has a background in architecture.
Where did you source the furniture and accessories?
One of the many unique aspects of this project was that the client had grown up in Southeast Asia where her family had procured many original antiques. These pieces were the foundation on which to continue to collect. I added to these pieces with several original mid century pieces I procured in Buenos Aires.
What is important to consider when designing a mid-century home?
The correct use of materials is definitely a strong indication of this particular type of architecture but as important is the ability to edit the interior. It is that beautiful dance in design between just enough and not enough.
What kinds of challenges did you face when designing this home?
Staying true to the aesthetic.