Timeless interior design, complemented by a touch of charm from the homeowners, defines this 7100 square foot Tom Padgett home on the outskirts of Lexington. With an inviting openness that is felt throughout, this home exudes originality with its fresh color schemes, functional beauty and classic interior elements that are true to the homeowners’ tastes.
Knowing what an overwhelming task it would be to design a home of this magnitude, the homeowners chose to work with Nancy Elam and her Design Link team at the earliest stages of construction. Through the selection of flooring, lighting, custom casework, etc., Design Link and Padgett Construction were able to lay the foundation for turning the homeowners’ vision into a reality. Tammy Henry with Louisville Tile and Carrie Patterson with Carpet One were integral in helping to select the tile and carpet throughout the home. With the exception of a few meaningful pieces, the homeowners entrusted Nancy to select and provide their furniture, window treatments, accessories and more, creating a finished space that proves dreams can come true.
A sturdy iron-rimmed door establishes a sense of formality at the entrance of the home, where a high-ceiling foyer painted in a soft beige welcomes visitors. A decadent bronze chandelier hangs from the ceiling, over an elegant stairway outlined with a decorative iron railing custom designed by Kentucky Ornamental Iron.
To the left, visitors enter into a dining room trimmed in classic wainscoting. The dining table is surrounded by custom monogrammed upholstered chairs. The room incorporates several standout pieces, including a stunning chandelier from My Favorite Things, a rug from Lexington Furniture and a cherry heirloom buffet.
Just underneath the stairway, a short hallway to the first of two master bedrooms - a vision of tranquility that would put even the most anxious souls at ease. A favorite room of the homeowners, the far wall is a floor-length glass window facing the pond at the back of the property. With three layers of floor-length custom draperies to shade the expansive window, the homeowners have the ability to temper the level of light exposure to the room. Nestled in front of the window, a sitting area includes a pair of velvet swivel chairs and a small tufted ottoman.
Draped in layers of cream, gold and misty blue, the master bed is complemented by two tall mirrors above the side tables. Originally, the floor plan called for large windows flanking either side of the bed. The homeowner had hoped to incorporate large mirrors over each night stand and eliminated the windows to accommodate this vision.
To the right, the master bathroom leads to a large walk-in shower tiled in Crema Marfil and Emperador Marble. Bathroom storage is not an issue with ceiling-high custom cabinetry above the sink. The long bathroom eventually ends at a split with two spacious closets on either side, hers including a lovely vanity and dressing area.
The homeowner’s favorite shade of pink was incorporated into the great room in a way that even her husband loved. The focal point of this room is a large tufted ottoman covered in a coral and cream leopard print. This piece is a family favorite, serving multiple purposes from footrest to playground for their two year old twin daughters. In attempt to keep both style and functionality in the forefront, Design Link was able to provide two sofas that although light in color, are also family friendly by virtue of the Herringbone Chenille fabric. To continue the pops of color throughout the space, the backs of the bookshelves were painted in the same shade of pink. The geometric repeat of the coffered ceiling and the custom design of the mantel add a note of refinement to a functional and warm living space.
The great room transitions to a wide-open kitchen and breakfast nook. The kitchen, designed by Robin Gillespie of Architectural Kitchens and Baths, is equipped with two enormous islands and a suite of Wolf appliances. The first island functions as an informal dining area with three comfortable counter stools, upholstered in a quatrefoil pattern. The second island includes a prep sink as well as many built in conveniences such as hidden storage to accommodate various appliances. The refrigerator is camouflaged with custom paneling to match the surrounding cabinetry and a handmade tile backsplash featuring a quatrefoil pattern highlights the Wolf cooking range.
Just off the kitchen is a powder room and laundry room. Utilizing a well known trick to designers, Nancy had an heirloom quality chest converted into a one of a kind vanity. An antique aged Eglomise mirror and exquisite sconces were selected to complement the elegance of the vanity.
Repeating the quatrefoil motif that is seen throughout the home, the laundry room chandelier adds a touch of charm where you least expect it. A vibrant splash of color provided by the Ikat fabric valance makes this room a stylish extension of the home.
With striped walls alternating shades of pale yellow, green and blue, the nursery is calming and refreshing. Simple outlines of elephants, zebras and giraffes serve as understated wall art. A jungle-themed canopy hangs over the baby’s traditional white crib and a classic thin-striped wool carpet brings elegance to this playful space.
On the opposite end of the third floor, the twin girls share separate but nicely coordinated bedrooms, which are joined by a Jack and Jill bathroom. This space is fit for two princesses, incorporating crystal chandeliers, Carrara marble flooring and countertops. Monogrammed valances, custom upholstered headboards and paintings done locally by an artist specifically for these rooms accentuate the innocence of these joined rooms.
The lower level opens up to a large family room that includes a pair of chairs facing a fireplace on one end and a larger entertainment area facing a drop-down television at the opposite end. The centered bar boasts earth-toned granite countertops and the floors are a sleek tumbled Travertine natural stone tile.
With a strong emphasis on natural tones and imagery, the spacious walk-out basement includes a comfortable living area with a moss-toned couch and plush chocolate rug. Sliding glass doors transition to a covered patio area bordered by stately columns that join arches overhead. A tucked away guest bedroom and bath on this level of the house allow for secluded privacy for overnight guests.
The lower level also features a special room that reveals a personal passion of the homeowner, a Level 2 trained sommelier. The wine cellar walls are covered in custom wood shelving filled with vintage and antique wines. This is as beautiful as it is functional and can hold up to 1400 bottles of wine and champagne. A grand iron chandelier illuminates an often utilized tasting table.