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capel home 4In the dining room, floral paintings are hung together for what Capel describes as “a sense of cohesiveness.”
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capel home 13To achieve that perfect shade of pale yellow for the house's exterior, painter Austin Daniel used Sherwin Williams' new Emerald Zero VOC exterior paint, which is Green Seal compliant.
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capel home 10A wreath adorns the front door, welcoming guests into the home.
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capel home 6The art that fills the rooms of Capel's home is grouped according to theme and color. In her bedroom: all landscapes.
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capel home 9Estelle Lawson, the daughter of UNC's first athletic director, Dr. Robert Lawson, moved into the home in 1936 with her new husband. Estelle was considered one of the best female golfers of her time and went on to be among the first athletes inducted into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame. Photos of her remain in Capel's office today.
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capel home 8With pale pink walls and an in-shower window featuring a view of the gardens, the bathroom is the only room in the house that is undeniably feminine. "And, shouldn't it be?" says Capel.
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capel home 3When Capel needs to clear her mind, she retreats to the separate art studio off of the rear patio. "When I walk through that door, it is to paint," she says.
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capel home 1With its high ceilings and cleverly executed accent lighting, the screened porch is the perfect place to admire the gardens -- and the gorgeous Chapel Hill weather. The swing was custom made by a man in Troy.
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capel home 33When Capel purchased the property in 2003, it wasn't the house she initially fell in love with -- it was the garden.
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capel home 24The back of the property offers a large green-grass lawn, which is the setting of many summer dinner parties.
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capel home 32The back lawn displays Capel's collection of vintage birdhouses, the oldest of which dates back to the 1950s.
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capel home 30The garden offers a peaceful place to display well-thought-out groupings of flora and whimsical installations of art.
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Our May/June Great Home of Chapel Hill is a sweet yellow cottage on South Boundary Street where Mary Clara Capel, who owns local home decor and garden accessories store Bloom, lives. We fell in love with her colorful artwork, sunlit screened porch and gorgeous green garden, making it difficult to decide which photos to include in the magazine!
Click on the slideshow to see more photos of Capel's home taken by photographer Briana Brough.