The Delights of Downsizing

A talented designer makes a peach of a home in Trezevant Manor.



The living room at Trezevant Manor.

photography by Andrea Zucker

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After living for 46 years in a large home in Central Gardens, Mrs. Jessie “Petie” Williams recently made the decision to move into a 1,450-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in the Trezevant Manor retirement community on North Highland. She’s now relocated in “Trezevant Place,” the newest of the several residence buildings in this warm and inviting complex. A number of different floorplans were offered, and Williams selected “The Aspen” model as the one most suited to her lifestyle.

Williams needed all the help she could get in making this major transition, and Jeremy McNutt, a designer with Lisa Mallory Interior Design, was just the person for the job. They were first introduced by Barry Hudson, a well-known window treatment specialist and drapery installer about town, and from the get-go, Williams says, “Jeremy read me completely.”

For his part, McNutt says his mission (which he chose to accept with great enthusiasm) was to “re-use, re-purpose, and condense Mrs. Williams’ houseful of beautiful possessions” to create a wonderful new space that would perfectly reflect her personality. He also helped her tremendously with facing the principal challenge of moving from a large house to a smaller place: deciding what to keep and what to give away to children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren . . . and what to give to Goodwill.

When we stopped by to photograph her apartment, Williams had just settled in two weeks previously, although McNutt had been working with her for three months to get everything shipshape. The place has a light and leafy view overlooking Waynoka Avenue and features an elegant entry foyer that leads to an open living/dining room. Just off the latter is a small but convenient and perfectly functional kitchen. The master bedroom is spacious and beautifully appointed, and Williams uses the second bedroom as her study/studio. 

It didn’t take long for us to get the message that Williams’ favorite color is peach. We were told her former house had a pale peach stucco exterior, and her new apartment features this color lavishly in its wallpaper, oriental carpets, upholstery, and various accessories. The furnishings are traditional and somewhat formal, but far from “fusty.” Williams had announced to McNutt she “didn’t want anything that looks like an old lady,” so the result is elegant, sophisticated, and fresh. 

The foyer is done in peach-colored, hand-blocked wallpaper by Schumacher — a “Jeremy favorite,” we were told. The classic living room décor features wingback chairs, a Chippendale-style sofa, and an antique secretary. The place has a warm glow from its chandeliers, beautiful mirrors, and many decorative artworks. Gorgeous arrangements of peach-colored flowers (of course!) by Kevin Lawrence, co-owner of Posh on Union Avenue, were the perfect accents.

 

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