Cottage for All Seasons

Photo by Tim Robison
Photo by Tim Robison

“I got to design a Snow White kitchen for a Snow White cottage,” enthuses interior designer Harrietta “Harry” Deaton. Indeed, Deaton performed a fairytale feat when tackling client Jane Fleming’s 1920s heart-of-historic-Hendersonville bungalow kitchen.

She set out to give Fleming a full kitchen with lots of storage, as the room previously offered scant cabinetry and mini-appliances. “I removed the bi-fold doors hiding the washer and dryer and replaced them with screen doors,” reports Deaton. In further inspiration, she installed old crystal knobs and metal scrolls for back plates. The addition of custom cabinetry (by Packard Cabinetry in Hendersonville) allows for the display of Fleming’s collectables.

Fleming notes that, pre-Deaton, she tended to default to “boring beige.”

“Harry did an excellent job of choosing the shades of blue that I love throughout the kitchen, including the seaglass-and-stone backsplash tile and blue and white wallpaper — it all works beautifully together,” she notes. Fleming was able to incorporate Oriental rugs, china dishes, and antique prints that she acquired from her mother and aunt. “I had been storing the items,” she says, “and now I’m able to enjoy them every day.”

Apart from distinguished design services, Harry Deaton Interiors also includes its founder’s namesake Hendersonville retail shop. It’s the source for the space’s refined fabrics, which ooze European sumptuousness. The sheers that adorn the breakfast area’s French doors are cream with a blue stripe — an interval of eye-rest between looking outside and gazing at the ladylike but large-scale floral wallpaper, which creates an engaging accent wall. Deaton pairs comfy-yet-graceful Rococo Louis XV chairs (covered in a morning-glory-blue velvet) with the lone contemporary piece: a circular glass dining surface atop a wooden “X” base.

The custom-made banquette is outfitted simply, with cream cushions and pale blue-and yellow pillows reminiscent of luscious sherbets. Deaton injected full-strength cottage cozy by placing Fleming’s own Tiffany reproduction table lamp on the granite countertop. It reads like a dream: a dream that works.

Interior Designer: Harry Deaton of Harry Deaton Interiors
Cabinetry and Countertops: Packard Cabinetry *
Backsplash: Flooring America WNC
Furniture. Fabrics and Wallpaper: Harry Deaton Interiors, client’s private collection. Bench designed by Harry Deaton, by carpenter Luke Burgess
Plumbing Fixtures: Hajoca