Welcome back for another home tour! Catherine Nguyen gave us an inside look at this creative home designed by Lori Moscato of Casual Elegance Designs in Raleigh, North Carolina. "Rules are meant to be broken, and our home certainly breaks the rules," explains Lori, homeowner. "As a designer I am fortunate to see so many beautiful ideas that are from every genre." 

Seven years ago, Lori explains they underwent a major remodel. "I wanted the design to be inspired by function, but also to have a timeless feel sprinkled with a bit of fun. Starting in the kitchen, they selected white cabinets with a light gray painted island.  The countertops are quartzite for durability but also to achieve a natural stone look.  The backsplash along the perimeter is a beautiful Calcutta. The range backsplash has a feature with glass and Calcutta in an arabesque pattern.  

ShopStacyGarcia_LifeStyledBySG_HomeTour_RuleBreakerinRaleighPhotography By Catherine Nguyen, Interior Design by Lori Moscato.

Connected to the kitchen is a beautiful living area pulled together by mixing and matching hues of blue. From modern art and abstract patterns, this open space invites a natural flow of conversation and place for people to meet.  

ShopStacyGarcia_LifeStyledbySG_HomeTour_RuleBreakerinRaleighPhotography By Catherine Nguyen, Interior Design by Lori Moscato.

Finally, we're led into a gorgeous reading nook. Placed thoughtfully next to a window, a custom upholstered blue and animal print chair is drenched in natural light. The blue is complimented by metallic details by way of a stunning gold accent table, and the space is thoughtfully completed with peonies and decorative botanicals.  

ShopStacyGarcia_LifeStyledbySG_HomeTour_RaleighPhotography By Catherine Nguyen, Interior Design by Lori Moscato.

As for the dining room, they wanted the complete opposite. It is vibrant, loud, full of drama, texture, and color.  With a bold wallcovering and custom velvet chairs, this room transports you to another place. 

Photography By Catherine Nguyen, Interior Design by Lori Moscato.


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Browse the rest of our picks inspired by this rule breaking space below! Do you have a home you'd love to give us a tour of? Email grayson@stacygarciainc.com to be featured! 


About Catherine Nguyen

Catherine Nguyen is a Raleigh-based advertising and editorial photographer specializing in residential and commercial interior design and architecture. After a successful career in branding and marketing in her hometown of New York City, Catherine decided to pursue her passion for photography at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. From landscapes and fashion to food and real estate, Catherine worked in many different photography genres before focusing upon interiors and architecture. Her work has been published in Walter MagazineFlower MagazineHome Design and Decor Magazine, California Home and Design, San Francisco Magazine, The News & Observer, and City Lifestyle Magazine. Her work also appears on popular design blogs such as ApartmentTherapyThe Decoist, and Houzz. Catherine was the still photographer for HGTV’s Seasons 13,14, and 15 of Love It or List It.
When she is not photographing professionally, Catherine enjoys painting (follow her art at @catnguyenart on Instagram), cooking, baking, and traveling abroad with her husband.
July 19, 2021 — Stacy Garcia

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