LIZ CARROLL INTERIORS
has learned the value of combining one-of-a-kind
design features with functional layouts since leaving the
banking business to form her company in 2008.
“Every project ends up being different,” she says. “Sure, we
do a lot of beach houses here, but everyone wants something
unique, and they all end up being focused on livability more
than anything else.”
Livability is key in a home she recently designed on the
south end of Figure Eight Island, particularly in the living
room. The room’s most striking feature is the natural light
provided by the addition of spacious windows at the top
of the room and beside the fireplace. Combined with the
brightness afforded by French doors, the room was signifi-cantly
opened up from its prior configuration.
“All of that light is my favorite thing about how this room
turned out,” Carroll says. “You get the full view of the water,
and it really makes the space just bright and happy.”
The textured coastal atmosphere continues inside the liv-ing
space. Carroll worked to emphasize the historical aspects
of the room in darkened wood and blue-and-white accents
in decoration and fabric.
An extended fireplace that supports two new windows and
a one-of-a-kind mantle particularly showcases the goal to
recapture pieces of the past.
“The fireplace has this clean oyster stone all around it, and
the mantle actually came from an old tree from the Cape
Fear River,” Carroll says. “It’s hundreds of years old, but once
it was restored it made for a great addition to the room.” 87