Bill Stinson and his wife, Les, were bit with the nature bug in 2006, when they began prepping for their big move from Reed’s Landing to the rural Powhatan, Virginia just outside of Richmond. As the owners of both W.L. Stinson Custom Homes and the design firm Hunt and Gather, they had all the resources at their fingertips to create a phenomenal country retreat.
After clearing 10 acres of land a short distance from the James River, the couple began building their Georgian-style home from the ground up. Once completed, the home was 8,000 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths, which meant a massive decorating job for Les.
In the end, she went with a neutral tone and several different shades of white, although color found a place in artwork and small accessories throughout the house.
Interest and comfort came in the form of mismatched furniture and pieces from various time periods and places. Glimpses of a French chateau can be found in the kitchen and sitting room, mixed in with pub memorabilia and quirky animal prints.
Despite the challenges, the Stinson’s built a sprawling retreat with the comfort and charm of a one-room cottage. And I would call that design success.