This 1950s Ranch Mixes Modern Elegance With Old School Charm

Designer Shaun Smith made sure to keep the home's history intact.

Shaun Smith porch
Paul Costello

New Orleans shop owner Shaun Smith transforms his 1950s ranch house with a makeover that’s one part swanky chic and another sweet nostalgia.

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Shaun Smith
Paul Costello
Meet the Owner

, a 2015 CQ Next Wave designer, in his favorite living room chair.

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Shaun Smith living room before
Paul Costello
Before: Living Room

The living room was formerly cluttered with chunky, outdated cabinetry and furniture.

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Shaun Smith living room
Paul Costello
After: Living Room

Smith lacquered the walls, ceiling, and cabinetry in his living room in a luminous white by . For a graphic splash, the 19th-century Italian settee from nearby was covered in a Dedar ikat. In the adjoining hallway, the wallpaper is Bibliothèque by Hermès.

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Shaun Smith fireplace
Paul Costello
Fireplace

An antique portrait hangs over the original mantel, illuminated by a picture light.

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Shaun Smith sofa
Paul Costello
Sofa

In the living room, a custom sofa is flanked by a pair of lamps with glossy red shades made to order by the .

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Shaun Smith dining room before
Paul Costello
Before: Dining Room

Smith gave the dining room an overdue upgrade with fresh antiques and eye-catching wallpaper.

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Shaun Smith dining room
Paul Costello
After: Dining Room

The dining room’s 1830s grisaille wallpaper panel speaks to Smith’s love of all things equestrian. He purchased the eight-foot-long French fruitwood table at and the 1920s French chandelier from . Smith found the antique lyre-back dining chairs on a shopping trip to Parma, Italy, and covered their seats in . The 19th-century stone urn from Italy is on a Plexi-Craft stand.

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Shaun Smith bathroom
Paul Costello
Bathroom

Smith kept the master bath’s vintage tilework and added a washstand; the photograph of Rock Hudson is by Sid Avery.

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Shaun Smith porch before
Paul Costello
Before: Porch

Once a plain porch, the refreshed space is now an elegant garden room.

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Shaun Smith porch
Paul Costello
After: Porch

Smith transformed the porch into a romantic garden room by painting the sliding-door frames and adding a high band of paneling painted in ’s Chappell Green. The sofa is slipcovered in ’s Bowood chintz. The button-tufted sofa is by . Matchstick shades, . Artwork, Michael Marlowe. Chandelier, .

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Shaun Smith guest bedroom
Paul Costello
Before: Guest Bedroom

Detailed wallpaper and white accents freshened up this dark bedroom.

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Shaun Smith guest bedroom
Paul Costello
After: Guest Bedroom

Smith fell hard for the room’s wallpaper, Twigs’ Gallop Club, sold through . The open shadow box contains his grandmother’s collection of souvenirs, thimbles, and other memorabilia.

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Shaun Smith secretary desk
Paul Costello
Secretary Desk

“This house is all about sentiment,” says Smith, who gave his late grandmother’s secretary pride of place in a guest bedroom. The vintage cane folding chair is from his shop, .

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This story was originally published in the February 2018 issue of CQ.

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