Find Home Improvement Inspo in These Chatham County Homes

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From bright kitchen nooks to in-home libraries, these impactful interiors and outdoor spaces in Chatham left a lasting impression on us in 2023

Photography by John Michael Simpson

Bright dining nook in Chatham County.
Creative storage solutions, like the lidded banquette seating in this breakfast nook, are popular design choices for families. This custom Pittsboro home was designed by The Tuscan Group for a busy family of six.

Lucky Bar Farm kitchen in Chatham County.
French blue cabinets and a collection of vintage baskets add a charming touch at Lucky Bar Farm in Moncure, proof that a little color and texture can go a long way to make a space feel more welcoming.

Legacy at Jordan Lake kitchen.
Wood tones, mix-and-match appliances and fresh florals warm up the gray and stainless steel palette in this Legacy at Jordan Lake open kitchen.

Open kitchen and dining space in Chatham County.
Layered tones of gray, blue and white help visually define the open kitchen and dining area in the custom timber-frame home we featured in our holiday issue.

Cozy living room in Chatham County.
Earthy hues provide a calming palette in this airy living space, helping to ground the high ceilings and providing a cohesive backdrop for a cozy collection of books, pillows and blankets.

Fresh Air Designs President Mary Kate Bedell shares her predictions for home design trends that will take center stage in 2024:


“We will see more kitchen design focused on the wellness of the homeowners and the food they prepare,” Mary Kate says. New appliances can aid in a more healthful lifestyle, too; Mary Kate notes combi-steam ovens and refrigeration columns are popular choices.


“This is still a big client request, to design and install long-lasting materials so they will have a long life span, which includes less replacement,” Mary Kate says. When it comes to intentional waste solutions, she says her customers often want more options for recycling and composting in designs.

Quiet Luxury

Making active spaces quieter continues to be on trend, including soft-close features for cabinet doors and drawers. “More appliance manufacturers are reducing their sones,” Mary Kate adds. Sones are a measure of loudness that can be applied to household units like range hood fans, air conditioners and dishwashers.

Kitchen Islands

They’re here to stay. “Islands are still on the top of most homeowners’ wish lists, if the space allows,” Mary Kate says. Islands are the center of the home, and with the advent of many built-in and under-the-counter appliances (think microwave and refrigerator drawers, steam ovens and trash compactors), there are endless possibilities for customizing an island.

A festive and cozy living area in Chatham County.
There’s something about a wood-burning fireplace. This one feels extra inviting decked out for the holidays, but the impressive height makes it the focal point in any season. The custom concrete surround is the perfect blend of modern and rustic and includes a guillotine-style glass panel that can be lowered when not in use for a cleaner look.

A sleek and relaxing pool area in Chatham County.
“They say the simpler the design, the harder it is,” says Debbie Domeck, owner of this modern one-story home off Lystra Road. On the pool deck, a variety of seating in an all-white palette keeps the focus on the home’s striking linear architecture.

Backyard pool area at Lucky Bar Farm.
Bright accessories, like towels and floats, are a quick and colorful way to cheer up a poolside deck like the one at Lucky Bar Farm.

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