This Sophisticated Former DuPont Estate Embraces the Blues

In a four-bedroom home in Chateaux Country, the living room announces the blue and champagne color scheme with a range of seating covered in velvet. Designer Megan Gorelick added built-in bookcases and lined the fireplace in bronzed mirrored tile. Photo by Dana Hoff

Delaware interior designer Megan Gorelick uses her signature blue hues to color a luxurious home in Greenville’s Chateaux Country.

When it was time for a Pennsylvania couple to downsize, they choose a four-bedroom home in Crooked Billet, a 55-and-over community in the Greenville area’s Chateaux Country. “This was an old DuPont estate,” explains the couple’s interior designer Megan Gorelick. “What’s happening a lot in Delaware is the heirs of DuPont—and there are so many heirs—are not able to maintain these estates, so they are selling them off and developers are swooping in.”

Gorelick believes that a focused color scheme makes room for a wide range of patterns within the palette; for example, the varied pillows contain everything from plush fringe to Greek key. Photo by Dana Hoff

Gorelick and the clients were an instant match. “We’ve become known for our blues—we do a lot of coastal work,” the designer explains. “We get a lot of clients coming to us because of their love of blue, which happened in this case. The owner is a lovely, sophisticated woman and she wanted serenity. What I like to do is thread a color throughout the home so it’s cohesive.” Several of the ceilings are pale blue as well. “The house has a beautiful setting—you just see trees and sky everywhere,” Gorelick says. “We brought the sky in with these ceilings.”

“We’ve become known for our blues—we do a lot of coastal work,” Gorelick explains. The window seat is a good example. “We get a lot of clients coming to us because of their love of blue, which happened in this case. What I like to do is thread a color throughout the home so it’s cohesive.” Photo by Dana Hoff

“All blues play nicely together, so we did all these different versions of blues with this neutral champagne throughout the home,” Gorelick continues. “She’s a little bit [glamourous]— so we used metallic accents, mostly silver.” Nowhere is this color scheme more evident than in the living room, a vision in velvet anchored by a pair of champagne-colored sofas, and bolstered with a pale blue tufted ottoman, several cyan stools with fringe, and a beige grass-cloth wall covering for the inset bookcase. “We designed those custom built-ins and then we did a mirrored tile surround around the fireplace. The stools have a heavily jeweled trim, which exemplifies the glamour.” The Kate Spade lighting sconces also evoke jewelry— Gorelick says they remind her of earrings, the type that Spade used to wear.

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A whimsical powder room’s wall covering is offset by the delicacy of the fixtures and sconces. Photo by Dana Hoff

The couple may be “glammy,” Gorelick says, but they are also practical-minded. Thinking ahead, they required two premier bedroom suites: one in use for them upstairs and one downstairs in the event that stairs become challenging. “We made them both equally luxurious,” Gorelick notes. One of the sweetest moments in the 3,500-square-foot home is in the upstairs premier bath: in the shower, a framed panel of contrasting, patterned tile—designed by Young Huh for Akdo—sits atop the blue-gray glass background tile (by Lunada Bay), creating a window-of-tile effect. (The Huh tile design is Essence Legacy Fog Carrara Bella with Fog art glass.) “The client fell in love with that tile, and we’ve used it a couple of times—it’s beautiful,” Gorelick says. “But it’s really expensive, so we made the most of it, maximizing it.”

The upstairs bedroom, which features angled walls wrapped in grass cloth, is dominated by a plush and somewhat elaborate customized headboard from Vanguard Furniture, which has a showroom in High Point, North Carolina. With a silvered wooden frame, a vertically channeled blue velvet headrest, and silver nail heads—for “extra bling,” Gorelick says—it’s a standout.

“The bedding is all custom and we teach them the tricks of how to make their beds—it’s really simple,” Gorelick says. “We’re really into making luxurious bedrooms. We want our clients to feel like they’re in the prettiest hotel room when they’re in their own home.”

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