Once upon a time, in the peace and quiet of sprawling horse farms and golfing greens off of Harrodsburg Road, Shelly Ross and her beautiful family created the home of their dreams. With the help of her long time friend and interior designer, Jean Ann Corbin, they achieved functionality and beauty by adding unique, custom touches throughout the home and addressing every need the family could fathom. Shelly explains, “Above all else, we wanted this home to be lived in and loved,” and not one space has been underused, or overlooked. Jean Ann has completed three homes with Shelly over the past ten to eleven years. Jean Ann loves the entire process of construction and design and she shares, “being able to start with the blueprint and create the home that clients love is completely gratifying.”
Jimmy Nash found the lot where the home exists and it is a wonderful property that meets the family’s needs of offering privacy, exclusivity, and peace without being too remote. In this gorgeous home, Jean Ann explains, “Everything feels accessible, close, and livable, which speaks wavelengths about Jim Turpin, the amazing architect, listening to his clients as well as Jimmy Nash being involved with his clients from beginning to end, believing that the more involvement, the better the result.” Rich, colors appear in every room, and Lexington Furniture has been a huge facet of making their home exactly the way they dreamed by providing most of the pieces in the home.
Guests are welcomed into the warm, java colored foyer by stepping through two seven-foot doors, and are immediately translated to a picturesque chalet out of a Swiss world of enchantment. The focal point of the foyer is the gorgeous chandelier and custom staircase, which took months of research before ever being built. To the left of the doorway sits a lovely music and sitting room featuring a Hamilton baby grand piano in lieu of a formal dining room per the family’s request.
Straight ahead lies the great room with an awe-inspiring coffered style ceiling; however, the fireplace’s grandeur remains the focus of the room. Shelly divulges that Jimmy Nash actually “found the slate from an old roof, and used it to create this fireplace. We wanted something unique to feature here, and he continued to go above and beyond to make this idea into a reality.” The mantel is made from hammered custom shrink copper, and combined with the two-story slate inset, the fireplace is a thing of splendor to behold, a truly one of a kind piece fit for royalty.
As your eyes wander from the ceiling to the fireplace and back again, there is so much more to discover. One of the unique features of entering Shelley’s home is the one shot look it provides when entering through the front door. Guests can see everything that lies beyond the foyer, from the hallway, to the great room and out to the horse farm in their back yard. “We really wanted to create this atmosphere of pulling the inside of the house in to the outside.” This concept in turn absolutely conveys an environment that is totally livable, functional, and beautiful all at once.
The master bed and bath is found at the end of the hallway off the great room, and it is a sanctuary shared by Shelly and her husband. With dark coffee bean chocolate colored trace ceilings setting a rich, comforting mood, and a gorgeous view of the horse farm, it is easy to get lost in the warmth of the room. The beautiful custom built master bath required countless hours to design. With heated floors and three custom created sconces on the mirrors just above the double sinks, every need is met from the huge bathtub to the walk in shower complete with several different shower nozzles. The bath also features a custom walk in closet, providing an added convenience for picking out the perfect outfit for a special evening on the town with friends and loved ones.
The Ross family created the mecca of all kitchens, perfectly designed to accommodate every chef’s dream. “The kitchen is my love, my passion, and the room we designed the entire house around,” Shelly recalls. This space features a walk in pantry built out of cabinetry so that it completely blends in for convenience and added walk through flow. With a huge island in the center, the kitchen also holds a bar style counter top with a built in beverage fridge where the kids generally congregate after school while Shelly whips up a culinary masterpiece on the other side of the kitchen where the stove, ovens and main refrigerator are located. From this vantage point, Shelly can be involved in all the action with her friends and family while she cooks and prepares food, a feature she tremendously values about her kitchen.
Right off the kitchen is a lovely breakfast room with a beautiful round table, perfectly fitting the space, and separate from this space is the cozy hearth room. The hearth room features coffered ceiling to compliment the great room, as well as an equally detailed gas fireplace. Custom bookshelves uniquely painted with a red rub over black finish frame the fireplace beautifully, as family and friends cuddle up with a good book and a fresh latte.
A screened in outdoor living space is also accessible right off the kitchen, making it the perfect gathering place on warm spring nights to catch up about the day while relaxing on the comfortable black wicker furniture. Just beyond this porch area lies the parking pad and a sidewalk leading directly to the back patio, pool area, and outdoor kitchen complete with a split level bar and outdoor dining area with a huge grill, oven range, and stove. During the summer, Shelly’s family basically lives outside near the pool, so they built an outdoor shower and bathroom for added convenience, as well as a large seven-foot porch swing to enjoy on a beautiful day.
Through one of the kitchen’s entranceways, a staircase leads up to more treasures, and down to the basement in the process of being completed with a full kitchen by Kitchen Concepts, exercise room, and sauna. Up the stairs on a split level is her husband’s study showcasing a huge custom built desk designed to fit the scale of the large room, and a home theater which also functions as a hang out room for the family by implementing an oversized sectional couch instead of the traditional theater style seating. Custom sconces adorn the walls adding a bit of glamour and sparkle to the room. Continuing up the staircase to the fifth and final level of the home, you are led to the guest bedroom and the remaining children’s bedrooms on either end of the hall after walking over the beautiful bridge taking you through the foyer and down the opposite staircase once more.