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Designer tip: Anne McCanless on blending old and new

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “transitional” to describe an interior decorating style that combines traditional furnishings with contemporary pieces. But while that might imply that the home is edging more and more toward the modern, local interior designer Anne McCanless says the beauty is truly in the balance.

“The mix of something new and contemporary with a beautiful old element makes a very timeless look,” McCanless advises.

In decorating Alana and Ryan Haynie’s Bocage neighborhood home, McCanless found perfect harmony by balancing Alana’s penchant for spare design with Ryan’s love of fine antiques. “We mixed some clean-lined upholstery and furniture with beautiful antiques and art pieces to come up with a really nice space,” McCanless says. Take a peek inside the home and learn more about the design process in the article from inRegister’s special homes-themed issue earlier this year.