At first glance, this home looks like an easy fit for one of Louisville’s historic neighborhoods. Drop it into the Original Highlands, or even sections of Crescent Hill, and this charming brick two-story would blend seamlessly into the streetscape. But this lovely, newly constructed home is located in Norton Commons, a New Urbanist community in Prospect just over a decade old, well-known for taking design cues from local architectural styles familiar to most Louisville residents.

Built by Mason Construction & Development and located at 11103 Peppermint St., this three-bedroom home’s exterior exudes classic style. But the goldenrod doors contrasting with gray painted brick exterior suggests an interior that steps away from the traditional; Tammy Randall from LL&A Interior Design, and lead designer for this project, confirmed it. When asked about her approach to this home’s interior design style, she described it as “upscale urban farmhouse.” The project took approximately seven months, from groundbreaking to final touches, for Tammy and her team to complete. With its combination of a subtle, sophisticated color palette, mixed metals, graphic prints and rustic reclaimed-barnwood flooring used throughout, it’s a look she definitely achieved for this inviting custom-built show house.

This new, custom-built Norton Commons home combines classic architectural style with a "urban farmhouse" interior that includes both modern and rustic touches, successfully blending the traditional with the new.

This new, custom-built Norton Commons home combines classic architectural style with an “urban farmhouse” interior that includes both modern and rustic touches, and successfully blends the traditional with the new.

Weathered metals, earthy ceramics, graphic prints and rustic but sophisticated outdoor seating combine for a comfortable gathering spot by this home's inviting entrance.

Weathered metals, earthy ceramics, graphic prints and rustic but sophisticated outdoor seating combine for a comfortable gathering spot by this home’s inviting entrance.

The open floor plan of this Norton Commons home is a typical design of a community created for connection and socializing. This combined great room, dining area and kitchen create a flow perfect for entertaining.

The open floor plan of this Norton Commons home is a typical design of a community space created for connection and socializing. This combined great room, dining area and kitchen create a flow perfect for entertaining.

Design elements of this great room include chrome and natural wood, as seen in both the side table and round coffee table as well as lamps throughout the room. High-backed, pale yellow chairs evoke traditional simplicity and the low-backed gray, chenille covered sofa adds a comfortable, inviting touch. Custom, batik-influenced drapes and a cowhide rug add texture and the pale-blue accent wall creates an eye-catching backdrop for a contemporary print.

Design elements of this great room include chrome and natural wood, as seen in both the side table and round coffee table as well as lamps throughout the room. High-backed, pale-yellow chairs evoke traditional simplicity, and the low-backed gray, chenille-covered sofa adds a comfortable, inviting touch. Custom, batik-influenced drapes and a cowhide rug add texture, and the pale-blue accent wall creates an eye-catching backdrop for a contemporary print.

Farmhouse-style kitchen light fixtures contrast beautifully with an elegant, almost lace-like, dining area chandelier. Rustic table and chairs combine with white slipcovered high-backed chairs to evoke simple elegance. And the two-panel artwork beautifully evokes the kitchen island's quartz countertop.

Farmhouse-style kitchen light fixtures contrast beautifully with an elegant, almost lace-like dining area chandelier. Rustic table and chairs combine with white slipcovered high-backed chairs to evoke simple elegance. And the two-panel artwork beautifully evokes the kitchen island’s quartz countertop.

Slate gray painted custom cabinetry with glass door fronts and stainless appliances make a cool, sophisticated statement. Rustic but modern wood and metal barstools evoke the reclaimed barnwood flooring, adding just a touch of warmth and texture to the space.

Slate gray painted custom cabinetry with glass door fronts and stainless appliances make a cool, sophisticated statement. Rustic but modern wood and metal bar stools evoke the reclaimed barnwood flooring, adding just a touch of warmth and texture to the space.

When asked to name what she loved most about this project once it reached completion, Tammy had more than a few elements in mind. “My favorite parts of the home are the reclaimed barnwood plank flooring throughout the first floor of the home, the custom glass tile feature wall in the master bath, the family work station on the first floor, the horse head murals in the basement and the fact that the home overall feels warm, comfortable, livable and suitable for entertaining with its classic blueprint.”

This covered outdoor space just outside the home's dining area makes for a cozy, intimate space for morning coffee al fresco dinners. The large abstract artwork adds a touch of drama and the light wood table and chairs invite warm conversations.

This covered outdoor space just outside the home’s dining area makes for a cozy, intimate spot for morning coffee or al fresco dinners. The large abstract artwork adds a touch of drama, and the light wood table and chairs invite warm conversations.

Ceramic lamps, wood block prints and a mirrored, weathered wood dresser make a visually serene tableau in the upstairs hallway.

Ceramic lamps, wood block prints and a mirrored, weathered wood dresser make a visually serene tableau in the upstairs hallway.

The master bedroom keeps things serene and neutral with a natural-hued palette with a few black accents for just a little drama.

The master bedroom keeps things serene and neutral with a natural-hued palette and a few black accents for just a little drama.

This master bedroom features a sophisticated take on the sleigh bed – with a tufted headboard and grommet details – as well as simple modern lamps combined with a black, wrought iron chandelier.

This master bedroom features a sophisticated take on the sleigh bed — with a tufted headboard and grommet details — as well as simple, modern lamps combined with a black wrought iron chandelier.

The master bath evokes luxe simplicity, including custom glass tile feature wall worthy of the glass shower. White cabinetry and simple fixtures keep the space serene and airy.

The master bath evokes luxe simplicity, including a custom glass tile feature wall worthy of the glass shower. White cabinetry and simple fixtures keep the space serene and airy.

The home office keeps things traditional with a twist of texture from the zebra print rug and faux fur stools. Blue accents with white shelving, custom drapes, floor-to-ceiling windows, along with the light wood desk create create a calm, inviting workspace.

The home office is traditional with a twist of texture from the zebra print rug and faux fur stools. Blue accents with white shelving, custom drapes, floor-to-ceiling windows, along with the light wood desk create a calm, inviting workspace.

The chic, inviting finished basement includes bold horse portrait murals, modern Barcelona-style chrome and leather chairs and loveseat with a classically comfortable sectional sofa, all in warm, neutral tones.

The finished basement includes bold horse portrait murals, modern Barcelona-style chrome and leather chairs and loveseat with a classic yet comfortable sectional sofa, all in warm, neutral tones.

This Norton Commons home provided the perfect outlet to highlight LL&A’s scope of professional design services. When asked what she thought about the challenge of creating an inviting, stylish interior from the ground up such as this, Tammy explained the experience this way:

“LL&A is a full-service interior design studio, and this home really gave us the opportunity to showcase our work to lots of people and highlight the home’s many unique assets. It all starts with a vision. This design project was a challenge, but an exhilarating one and definitely my passion. As a designer, I create 24 hours a day, even in my sleep. And for this project, minute by minute, my design vision came forth by each finish selected, and suddenly my vision became a reality! But, it was certainly a collaborative effort between the builder, Dan Perkins from Mason Construction and Development, and myself. Teamwork makes the dream work!”

In this case, we think Tammy and her team definitely achieved the urban farmhouse interior of her dreams.

To find out more about Norton Commons neighborhood, and to explore the street where this show house is located, visit nortoncommons.com.

Thanks to Danny Morton for the beautiful photography included in this article. 

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