Every year the Bellarmine Show House showcases beautiful homes and talented interior designers. This year, the Show House is personal, as it was the home of Barbara Cox, a Bellarmine University Women’s Council member for over 20 years. This iconic home on Village Drive in the Highlands is a home designed by Stratton Hammon, a nationally renowned architect from Louisville who designed more than 100 homes across Kentucky. Coincidentally, many of his homes are on Village Drive. This home was built in 1925, and the Cox family was the third homeowner, having lived in it for 55 years until Barbara Cox passed away in April 2015.
Before her death, Barbara expressed interest in having her house be a Bellarmine Show House. After she died, the house was bought by a Cincinnati businessman who never lived there but has remodeled and updated the house since 2015. The owner contacted Bellarmine and asked them if they wanted to make this the 2016 Show House, fulfilling Barbara Cox’s wish, and naturally the Bellarmine Women’s Council was thrilled to have a house that was from “one of their own.”
This 5,000+-square-foot home is currently for sale, and it features five bedrooms, five baths, a renovated gourmet kitchen and hearth room, and it’s in the perfect location! Let’s take a look inside!
The 2016 Bellarmine Show House
FRONT PORCH by Saratoga Accessories & Design
This front porch is a cozy stone nook, with an archway mirroring the stone arch on the driveway. Saratoga Accessories & Design made this area into a gathering space, complete with a seating area, side table and mirror as well as plenty of greenery. Cast iron horse heads flank the front steps, giving a nod to our Kentucky home.
FOYER by Details Furniture Galleries & Design
After crossing through the stone archway on the front porch and through the original front door (that is in pristine condition, by the way) you enter the foyer. Here, old meets new, with the original dark wood moldings and archways coupled with a more modern animal print rug and lighting fixture. The paint color is a light neutral, which allows the colors of the seating fabric and the decor to take center stage. Details Furniture Galleries & Design has decorated the foyer, the main stairway and second floor landing.
LIVING ROOM by Colonial Designs
Adjacent to the foyer is a grand, light-filled living room designed by Colonial Designs. The light-colored room is punctuated with coral, tan and robin’s egg blue with expressive fabrics and Asian-influenced decor throughout the room. The space is packed with chinoiserie and art, which is usually shown in primary and deeper colors but here is lighter colored. Colonial Designs always has a knack for taking a typical color palette and advancing it into new territory that is unfamiliar but so inspiring. Several ginger jars are mounted on the side wall, showing a new and different way to display these types of decor.
SUNROOM by Carriage House and Kimura Design
The sunroom of this house has made a stunning transformation, as seen in the first picture below, from a dark wood-paneled room to a light, luxurious space to read and gather. Carriage House Interiors partnered with Kimura Design to make this room blossom. All of the trim and wood has been painted an antique white, brightening up the space considerably, but the original brick floors remain and are in excellent condition. Next, Kimura Designs’ Sandy Kimura painted a mural over the paneled wall with images of trees and birds. Carriage House Interiors placed a large leather couch in front of the wall of windows and two corresponding leather and linen seats on the adjacent wall. The leather and wood furniture in this room is not what you usually expect in a sunroom, which normally has lighter textures and fabrics. The contrast works, creating an air of luxurious comfort and quality. Look for the original paintings in the bookcase by Sandy Kimura as well and notice the bird prints resting on the window shelf behind the couch rather than being hung on the wall.
KITCHEN AND HEARTH ROOM by LL&A Interior Design
If the kitchen is the heart of the house, this home will be full of life forever. This large room has been renovated into a gourmet kitchen with huge windows and a hearth room. LL&A Interior Design has added comforting bright colors of robin’s egg blue and chartreuse accents. The cabinets are white and the countertops are a darker gray stone with Carrara marble backsplashes. The hearth room in the back of the kitchen was originally a storage area for Barbara Cox’s cookbooks. It was opened up and assimilated into this large space for a room to eat, meet and gather. Look for the beautiful complementary dishes from Dolfinger’s around the room, adding to the color scheme.
OUTDOOR LIVING AREA by Summer Classics
Exit the kitchen through a large sliding glass door and you’ll be in the outdoor living space, designed by Summer Classics. This space features a large deck, big enough for a full-size dining table, and a large living area with a couch and two chairs. The entire space is done in neutral gray and putty colors with light navy accents and greenery, keeping the area crisp and clean. The deck floor is painted a light gray, creating a monochromatic color scheme throughout the space.
LANDING by Details Furniture Galleries & Design
Head upstairs, and you’ll see where Details Furniture Galleries & Design has hung several types of art salon-style, all with a variety of mediums and colors. This main stairwell wall that would normally be empty is packed full of creativity.
LAUNDRY ROOM by Home Staging Specialists
Arguably one of the most important rooms in the house (and in this older home, it is a small space), the laundry room was designed by Home Staging Specialists, who made sure that it is given the same decorative treatment as the rest of the house. Best way to decorate your laundry room? Add original art on the walls, hang a fun lighting fixture, and make the mundane look special, such as putting the laundry soap in glass containers. The color scheme is a calming sea blue/green that, when coupled with the white cabinetry, makes for a clean, open feel.
MASTER RETREAT by Burdorf Interiors
The light gray, navy and white palette in this room provides a great foundation to showcase the pieces of vintage-inspired Magnolia Home Furniture, the line created by Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV fame. This bedroom is referred to as a “retreat” for good reason, with seating on either side of the room for a relaxing experience. The room’s bathroom and closet have been completely renovated as well.
GUEST BEDROOM by Gary Stewart Interiors
Peek into the guest room around the corner from the master retreat and look for the headliners: the custom green headboards. These pieces are the focus in this camel-colored and paisley-accented room done by Gary Stewart Interiors. The warm and comforting textures and fabrics of this room are coupled with beautiful antiques.
SECOND FLOOR HALL BATH by Interiors by Carrie
Interiors by Carrie gave this large, second floor hall bath many elements of modern glamour, such as the mercury glass mirror, large vanity, lucite-legged footstool and furry rug. The shower has two colors of subway tile, dividing the space and complementing the gray overtones throughout the room.
PRIVATE STUDY by J. Waddell Interiors, LLC
The private study on the second floor is an adventure in bright colors and textures that, when paired with a few neutral pieces such as the couch, chairs and rug, make this room really stand out. The walls are covered in a textured deep teal wallpaper, and the window treatments carry that same teal color throughout the fabric. The seat cushions on the chairs are a bright fuchsia, which is echoed in the orchids and pillow fabrics on the couch. This room would be a perfect study or office, with its richly pigmented color scheme.
Walk up a back stairwell to the third floor, which is completely finished and contains two large rooms, a full bath and a former cedar closet.
THIRD FLOOR HALLWAY by Christopher Welsh Designs, LLC
According to the Bellarmine Women’s Council, Christopher Welsh is the new kid in town. He has come out strong in the hallway and room on the third floor that he designed. The hallway is handpainted in a “large scale scattered hydrangea” pattern by artist Tamara Scantland Adams. This is the second room in the house where paint was used to create a wallpaper effect (first was the sunroom), and it is stunning.
EDEN’S GARDEN ROOM by Decorating Den Interiors
Formerly a cedar closet in the attic, this room has been transformed by Decorating Den Interiors to a garden room for a young girl. The young girl is Eden, who is the homeowners’s young daughter. This room is her private refuge for playing dress-up and hosting tea parties.
THIRD FLOOR ESCAPE by Christopher Welsh Designs, LLC
This is the second area on the third floor decorated by Christopher Welsh. Coined the “Third Floor Escape,” this room could be a bedroom, office or other type of escape. The room features a daybed made from two twin-sized headboards flanking a mattress. The headboards have been hand-painted on the top to resemble a linen texture. Also hand-painted in this room is the carpet and the ceiling. With neutral colors on the fabric, walls and furnishings, the designer has used red to enhance and focus the room. This space will inspire you to paint more than just your walls.
Three full floors of inspiration await you at this year’s Bellarmine Show House. What makes this house so special is the sentiment of displaying the home of a fellow Bellarmine Council member and honoring her service and commitment. Make sure to see it soon — the last day to see it is September 25!
Here are the details:
The Bellarmine Showhouse is located at 2320 Village Drive, Louisville KY, 40205. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit designers in their rooms on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the door. The Showhouse will be open through September 25. Learn more here.
Photography by Christine Mueller Photography
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