Hidden in the private Island community of Lexington, “The House on the Water” is a relaxing oasis and center of entertainment for homeowners, Dr. J. Sloan and Jane Warner.
When the Warner’s first saw their home on the market, they were immediately attracted to it. “Being on the water sets this house apart for us,” Jane explains. Jane grew up in Connecticut and spent her summers vacationing in Cape Cod and the Jersey Shore, while Sloan grew up in Nashville sailing. When the couple met in New York City where he was studying medicine and she was working in Public Relations, it was soon apparent the two shared a passion for the water and they still enjoy trips sailing together.
After surveying the property, however, they realized a bit of updating was necessary to transform the house into the home of their dreams. With the help of architect David Sullivan, builders Paul Sawyer and Mike Elder, Norwalk Furniture and design styling from House by JSD Designs, the Warner family absolutely achieved the look and feel of a southern home with flairs from the beach. In order to create the open feel their family craved, Sloan and Jane took down the wall to the back of the house and built a beautiful great room creating the perfect space for family time, cooking and taking in the gorgeous surroundings of the outdoors.
Painted a calming Baltic Green, the great room sets a relaxing tone for all guests of the Warner family. Jane shares, “The nicest compliment anyone could give me is that this house is comfortable—we want people to enjoy it as much as we do and feel welcomed and invited.” With the plush cream-colored couch, welcoming chairs and lit candles casting a warm glow throughout the room, people absolutely feel invited in for a deep conversation or a fun evening playing games.
The great room also functions as a grand kitchen and breakfast nook area with a beautiful granite island from Quality Stone Countertops and intricate wood cabinetry from BC Woodworking.
Just off the great room lies one of Jane’s favorite rooms in the house—the sunroom. “Sloan and I can have a retreat by relaxing in here while still being within earshot of our boys.” The sand painted walls complimented by the bead board ceiling keep the room feeling bright and airy. The skylights and French doors provide a breathtaking view of the outdoors and the custom mantle, an old railroad tie cut and stained by the builders Paul Sawyer and Mike Elder, finishes the room beautifully.
Both the sitting room and the main dining room house gorgeous heirloom pieces from Sloan’s grandmother and Jane shares how fond it is to remember her through each vintage furniture piece passed down to them.
Making your way up the stairs, the master bedroom is spacious yet warm with soothing tones throughout. The cherry four-post bed adds height and structure to the room while the soft linens keep the tone inviting.
The master bathroom is an exquisite retreat featuring a walk in shower, deep soaking tub and built in flat-screen television to catch up on favorite programs after a long day playing on the water.
When not on the water, the Warner family enjoys time together in their in-home theater room watching favorite flicks and reclining in the bean bag chairs that convert to pull out beds, a great feature when the Warner boys have sleep overs. Jane and Sloan also make time to maintain their health with the help of an in-home gym complete with an elliptical machine, weight bench and weights, Bosu exercise ball and flat-screen television. Custom made to fit the space is the gym style floor that provides just the right bounce to keep them working out comfortably. The light sand toned walls keep the energy levels bright and lively making this space a great environment for working out.
The outdoor space at the House on the Water is truly spectacular and for a family with such a passion for watersports, there is nothing more complimentary to their lifestyle. Here, the family enjoys grilling out, (particularly Sloan), with the Egg grill model and entertaining guests, which is their absolute favorite past time. Bead board ceilings cover the detailed brick patio with inlayed skylights and an open wall concept to fully enjoy outdoor living at its finest. For added convenience, the Warner’s installed a custom outdoor shower, a wonderful feature in the summertime after coming in from a water activity on the lake.