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Throughout this Raleigh, North Carolina, home, interior designer Jamie Meares reinterpreted traditional pieces with outrageous style, such as these vintage club chairs, which sport an exuberant dalmatian-spotted fabric and hotpink cotton piping. Keila Marino, Meares’ assistant, painted the abstracts above the mantel. By the time Jamie Meares—the founder of Furbish Studio, a North Carolina home furnishings boutique, and author of the blog I Suwannee—was hired to decorate a Raleigh home in her signature free-spirited style, the house had already undergone a recent redesign. Its owners, a young married couple newly transplanted from New York City, had worked with a decorator who’d filled their spacious residence with, according to Meares, “dark, über-traditional furnishings.” The home felt staid, sober, and a trifle dull. One morning, Meares explains, after finding themselves living in a house so entirely unreflective of their personalities, her clients woke up and asked themselves, “What have we done?” Then, they called Meares. Through her shop and blog, Meares has grown famous for her highly original aesthetic that combines bold patterns and colors with vintage refinement. Her knack for adding unexpected touches to traditional furnishings and interiors was precisely what her new clients wanted. “It was such a fulfilling partnership,” says Meares. “They knew my style and let me try anything I had in mind.” This included disposing of a great deal of the couple’s 156 Lonny MAY 2012 newly acquired pieces in order to make way for Meares’ high-energy finds, and upholstering others in witty textiles. Throughout the home, Meares liberally applied vibrant paint and wallpaper, creating an interior infused with riotous color. And while retaining the best of her clients’ possessions, she experimented with new ways of interpreting them. In the emerald-lacquered dining room, which had been outfitted in a suite of formal furnishings, Meares kept the gleaming sideboard and table, but replaced its matching chairs with cabana-striped wingbacks and crimson Eames chairs. In the master bedroom, she combined a Jonathan Adler headboard with her clients’ set of side tables and a chest of drawers. And, as in her shop, she devoted herself to the subtle detail as well as to the grand gesture: silk draperies feature exquisite ruffled trim, and upholstered pieces are piped in astonishing hues. “Every room in this house tells a story,” says Meares. “It’s filled with eye candy and conversation pieces. I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to express myself so freely, and my clients are very pleased with the result. It’s very Furbish, and it’s very them.” L 2012 MAY Lonny 157