Historic Downtown Raleigh Home Renovation.


I first met Scott and Mary Tyrey in 2018 when they purchased this historic downtown Raleigh home and wanted to make some simple updates. The goal was to keep the quaint cozy feel of the 1916 home yet modernize it for entertaining guests. As with most renovations, the project quickly steamrolled. We went from making just a few changes into a full home renovation. My goal as an Interior Designer is to transform a space that represents my clients taste but keeping it timeless.

Master Bath

The first project we tackles was the master bath. It needed a complete overhaul since it still had the old 1916 4×4 blue tile, single sink and the most narrow closet ever. We installed a heated floor system with limestone floors and a large zero entry shower. The vanity and linen closet were custom built out of maple and stained a deep java with mirror accents to give a touch of glam. The white quartz top paired with perfect lighting and Graff faucets really sets this master bath apart from most.

Guest Bath

Next we renovated the guest bath and bedroom. The goal for the guest bedroom and bath was to feel like their home away from home. Especially for their grown children. Like the Master bath, we ripped out the original 1916 tile and installed heated floors and large porcelain tile walls to make the space seem bigger. The custom vanity with Graff faucet and shower fixtures made for a cozy yet stunning space. Perfect for any guests arrival.

Living Room

To give the home a warm and inviting feel, we removed the original hardwood floors that were covered in screws to hide the squeaking and replaced with 5” wide solid Hickory wood. The wood burning fireplace was turned into a gas fireplace with cream colored birch logs. To complete the look, we put in custom Stoll doors for the ultimate high-end look.


The sunroom was a space I designed just for Mary. It was important for Mary to have a space to sit and relax with a good book or a place to sit with girlfriends to enjoy a glass or two of wine. With the extra-large windows as the backdrop, I chose not to put in window treatments so all the natural sunlight could come shining through. To achieve the cozy yet glam space, I replaced the old 8×8 terracotta tile with a while linen look porcelain and furnished the space with a custom sectional and chandelier for a touch of glam and elegance.

New Addition: Three Season Room

As all of this was happening, we decided to add a 3-season room onto the back as an extension of the home. The idea behind this room was an additional living room for entertaining or just relaxing. Comfort was the goal for this room. Wall-to-wall windows were installed so the beautifully landscaped backyard is visible. Vaulted ceilings, lots of light, and a TV were must-haves. To furnish the space, we ordered all custom inside pieces that were upholstered with indoor/outdoor fabric for durability.

Front Porch

With the house being so close to Five Points, having a comfortable front porch to relax by watching traffic was the perfect way to wrap up a busy workday. To achieve both function and a bit of glam we put in a large porch swing, all-new cast aluminum patio furniture and for the nights, a hand-crafted fire table made with a custom patina finish and glass rocks make this fire pit a one-of-a-kind creation.

The entire home was outfitted with custom window treatments. Plantation shutters were put in the bedrooms, living and dining room. And for a touch of elegance, we hung custom velvet draperies in the dining room to coordinate with the newly upholstered dining room chairs.

You would think after all of this we would be done but nope. We are in the beginning phase of tearing down his garage to build a nicer one with some additional work space for Scot and a guest/office space. So stay tuned to see all this beauty.

It’s been a true honor to work with the Tyrey’s over the last 10 months, giving them the home of their dreams and we’re they see themselves retiring in. After all the time I have spent with them, I can honestly say I not only have a great client but also great friends.