Have you ever wished you could step into a showstopper of a home to explore what lies beyond its ornate wooden doors? Louisville residents have the opportunity to do so during the annual summer Homearama showcase of custom-built new homes that feature fresh building trends, modern technology, updated landscaping and beautiful interior design. Last year, the Homearama was held at the innovative Catalpa Farms, a sustainable 200-acre development with an abundance of preserved open, grassy space. The subdivision is divided into secluded villages arranged along ridges, with access to lakes, trails and community gardens.
Featured in the 2018 show was a single-story craftsman bungalow called “The Sonoma.” Built by Dan Perkins with Mason Construction and Development, LLC, the home’s interior is an open concept with four spacious bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a formal dining room and an eat-in kitchen. The house boasts a stunning exterior of white-painted brick, mahogany double doors, stained shutters and gorgeous stone accents.
When it came time to select the ideal designers to create a look that would dazzle Homearama guests, Dan turned to the talented interior designer duo Leslie Lewis-Sheets and Tammy Randall of LL&A Interior Design. As it was new construction, the designers were responsible for all exterior and interior finishes — bricks, shingles, plumbing, lighting, trim and flooring. And the final design process consisted of space planning, selecting furniture, choosing artwork and window treatments, plus placing lamps, rugs and accessories throughout the home.
The design duo was given carte blanche to create a simply stunning home. Tammy describes the design aesthetic as “dramatic and bold, yet casual and comfortable.” Leslie agrees, adding, “It’s sophisticated and rich with a variety of textures, bold patterns and earthen palettes.” A breathtaking flair sweeps through the home by incorporating a mix of edgy, of-the-moment accents into elegantly curated spaces.
“Wildlife also was a strong influence within this home’s interior,” says Leslie. In addition to art and accents that capture flora and fauna in creative ways, Leslie and Tammy used natural materials like wood, stone and metal throughout the home. Their choice of textiles included a preference for linens, raw silks, Crypton and woven blends that hang well, are durable and stand the test of time.
“We love the large eat-in kitchen, centrally located within the core of the home. It’s great for entertaining but still functional for everyday life,” says Leslie. The kitchen has two-tone wood cabinetry, granite countertops and a fully-tiled backsplash. Floating shelves with gold gas pipe detail and accent lighting throughout add a touch of elegance. They love the large master bedroom, complete with tall ceilings and the paneled walls painted in lush earth tones, all set off by a gorgeous mix of sumptuous bedding and feathered pillows on the bed. The master bathroom is also stunning, with navy cabinets, a tiled floor and shower, double sinks, burnished gold accents and a large walk-in closet. The designers refer to the master suite as a “true sanctuary,” a luxurious retreat after a long day at work.
Many additional upgrades round out this refined residence. The dining room features a striking abstract black and ivory wall covering, a large picture window, and enough space to accommodate a full-size dining table to entertain family and guests. The living room offers an eye-catching fireplace with custom-designed built-in bookcases and shelves for knickknacks and accessories. The lower-level great room features a fireplace accented with penny coin tiles, plus a wet bar, built-in cabinetry, granite and floating shelves. If you prefer dining al fresco, the home has two patios, one screened-in space off of the kitchen and one located off the great room downstairs, beside the grass lawn.
The advice Leslie and Tammy give to homeowners when decorating their space is to start with one “glue” piece, such as a rug or piece of art, then build the room around it. “Find that one piece you’re sure of, and layer other pieces in,” says Leslie. “This will give your rooms a stunning, designer-quality finish.”
And this edgy yet elegant home is proof-positive that their design advice is sound.
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