Marcia and Tom Ledford’s home is full of furniture and art with stories. This includes paintings from around the world, and a side table in the living room that Marcia Ledford’s father made. Some of their decor, like the green sofa in the den, they’ve had more than 20 years, and some, like the poolside furniture on their back patio, have been with them for more than 40 years.
“Buy things that you love and that are timeless, and if you do that, they’ll last you a lifetime,” Marcia Ledford. “You’ll have the same love affair with them 20 years later.”
Marcia Ledford, who is owner of Ledford Interior Design, says she always tries to buy high quality items that will last for decades. Over the years, she and her husband have redecorated their spaces, but they’ve managed to keep a lot of the same core pieces.
“Your home should tell the story of who you are and be a collection of your life,” she said. “Don’t necessarily buy things that are faddy.”
When they decided to renovate their bathroom and kitchen in 2014 and 2017, respectively, they followed this same advice, choosing a timeless airy color palette and marble, which they felt would stay relevant for years to come.
Residents: Tom and Marcia Ledford and their cat, Millie. She is the owner of Ledford Interior Design, and he is the owner of The Lenox Group.
Size: 5,500 square feet with five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
Year built/bought: 1997
Renovations: Master bathroom remodel in 2014 and complete kitchen renovation in 2017.
Consultants: Interior design by Ledford Interior Design; kitchen and bath remodel by Schuon Kitchens and Baths and contractor Mark Galey of Master Home Remodelers.
Architectural style: Georgian cottage
Favorite architectural elements: Curved staircase in the entry hall
Interior design styles: Traditional and transitional
Favorite interior design elements: Small side table built by Marcia’s father and art from their travels.
Collections: Blue and white antique porcelain in the living room, and brown and white English transferware in the kitchen.
Favorite outdoor feature: Large poolside porch
Resources: Decor and furniture from Ledford Interior Design, Kravet, The Charles Stewart Company, Mrs. Howard, ADAC, Tritter Feefer, Lee Industries, Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture, Evelyn Anderson Galleries, The Furniture Guild, Lee Jofa, Matouk and Bellino Fine Linens. Cabinets by Mouser Cabinetry. Lighting from Arteriors, Circa Lighting and Currey & Co Lighting. Paint colors are Benjamin Moore Agreeable Gray in the kitchen and master bedroom, Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan in the living room, foyer and dining room, and Benjamin Moore Vale Mist in the den.
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