Pillow Talk

HIGH POINT — She’s a lovely lady who’s been given a makeover by some of the top names in the interior design industry.

Pandora’s Manor is a historically registered, circa-1905, 7,000-square-foot home that has been fully restored by Ridvan Tatargil, owner of Eastern Accents. Working with a design "dream team" that created signature bedrooms and included Thom Filicia, Alexa Hampton, Celerie Kemble, Tobi Fairley, Barclay Butera, Ray Langhammer and Madcap Cottage (Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke), Tatargil added a new hospitality option to the High Point landscape, both for market visits and non-market getaways.

"My wife, Siw, and I have been coming to High Point Market twice a year for the past 30 years," Tatargil said. "We’d always noticed that house and thought it was beautiful. It is one of several historic houses on that street, but that one in particular always stood out. It had always been a little dream to buy it and do it up, so when the opportunity arose we jumped
at it."

Tatargil said the decision to renovate, restore and redesign the home was a labor of love and "not really a commercial project." He noted that the one underlying attitude was "let’s make this detail the best it can be."

"We love home furnishings, and this was our opportunity to experience almost every facet of decorating a magnificent house," he said. "The designers, the stonemason, the architect, the woodworker, the owner of our local hardware store — everyone took this project to heart and got really excited and passionate about their contribution. The interior designers in particular have been so wonderful and generous with their time and talent; they were all incredible to work with."

Tatargil expects Pandora’s Manor will have a notable impact on the economy of High Point, both during and outside market schedules.

"I believe that this project is going to contribute to a significant revitalization of downtown High Point," he said. "And I know that’s a big statement, but because of this project I’ve gotten to know so many people in this city who are really positive and optimistic about the development and growth of the downtown.

"Pandora’s Manor is so much more than a hotel: each room is a work of art."

Prior to her role with Designers Today, Cindy attended markets as both a consumer home furnishings editor and interior design client. She has written about the design industry for more than 15 years and still finds editorial inspiration in every corner of the world, from Italian villas to Atlanta urban lofts to country escape tiny homes.