Attention-grabbing interior design relies on a keen eye, thoughtful detail and the ability to see a home’s potential. Such is the case for one beautiful abode in the popular and continually developing 12South neighborhood, where an inspiring renovation from interior designer Jessica L. Davis of JL Design breathes new life into a one-level, cottage-style former two-bedroom two-bath, infusing it with modern upgrades. Sitting pretty on nearly a quarter of an acre, the home is a collaboration between Jessica and architect Stephen Wells of Wells Design Associates — the unique interpretation of a transitional design that leads with color and texture while blending traditional and contemporary styles. Now expanded to a four-bedroom, four-bath stunner, it offers standout lighting fixtures, textured wall coverings, and shelves filled with intriguing books and curios that result in a worldly, collected feel.
Adding roughly 2,800 square feet to the home’s original footprint, the renovation took around two years to complete and included a remodel of the pre-existing space. The result? Each room of the home appears to have its own theme, with eclectic elements and carefully curated nuances around every corner. Working together, Jessica and her clients did a lot of front-end work to figure out the overall aesthetic. “We always start with a lot of discovery work,” explains Jessica of the lengthy and detailed process. “That includes a lifestyle questionnaire and a magazine exercise that helps us identify certain design elements that people are drawn to — things like lines, texture, symmetry, asymmetry and different color relationships.” As it turns out, the homeowners lean toward an eclectic look, straying from common colors such as gray and white. Instead, Jessica brought in rich colors like plum and deep blue, which she accentuated with warm, contrasting neutrals. Additionally, striking tile work and custom cabinetry added even more character to the 1920s home that happens to be under a historic overlay. “This client didn’t want anything that looked like what everybody else is doing,” says Jessica, “which was really fun for us to work on, quite frankly.”
The contrast of symmetry and asymmetry also plays an important role in the home’s design, with the architecture setting the stage for design elements that further that concept. “We’re always playing with symmetry and asymmetry,” explains Jessica. “It’s kind of this back and forth — very similar to the way that many designers will play with warm and cool tones. We want to try to balance those.”
The kitchen is noteworthy, with a vaulted ceiling and overhead skylights that immediately command attention. Flanked by painted strips in Sherwin-Williams Black Fox, it’s a dramatic presentation highlighting the features below. Seamless, high-end cabinetry guides the space’s layout, while a Caesarstone quartz island with waterfall edges provides a centering anchor. Overhead lighting fixtures from Rejuvenation add a more delicate element, while one side of the island boasts metal stools with carved walnut backings and leather seats that give off a touch of masculinity.
With majestic lighting and a closet to write home about, the master bedroom is a sight to behold. Approximately 60 inches in diameter, the glamorous circular chandelier from YLighting, which is suspended above the bed, is an impressive and elegant piece that steals the show. Meanwhile, the closet offers a dreamy oasis — and enough space to relax for a while if you’re so inclined. “The Closet Company did the closet — the island and everything,” explains Jessica. “It’s a big closet, so one side is hers, one side is his, and the island essentially separates it.” In an effort to more effectively organize such a vast space, the homeowners also brought in Holly Trepka of NEAT Method, who created a structured setup for all of the clothing and accessories.
In the master bathroom, more design ingenuity awaits. The space particularly spoke to Jessica during the creative process, which is apparent in every detail. “I loved designing this,” she tells us. “When you walk in, the main focal point is the tub and an alcove of tile. I designed the tile accent in an upside-down triangle that’s all tiny glass mosaic.” Accented even further by a bold light fixture from British purveyor Timothy Oulton, the secluded spot offers an in-home retreat. The spacious shower adds to the spa-like feel, with a floating bench and his-and-hers showerheads. A combination of lacquer and rift-cut oak cabinetry surrounds the custom-cut plate-glass mirrors, embellished with brass knobs from Emtek.
Photos by Reagen Taylor Photography.
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