By Elizabeth Adams
photos by Shandon Cundiff
Inside this Clay’s Crossing home, tourists on the 2011 Grand Tour of Homes swooned at stunning structures overhead, wide-open spaces for family entertaining and rustic interior accessories that added a true feeling of home. One of several new and polished Bluegrass homes on display during the annual Grand Tour of Homes, organized by the Home Builders Association of Lexington, this attractive ranch swept the competition in many categories. It collected the awards for best floor plan, best kitchen, best interior design and best master bedroom.
The presentation of this prize-winning home represented a collaborative effort among many local vendors, including homebuilder Tony Collier of Collier Custom Homes, Design Link Interiors, Kitchen Concepts, Mees Tile and Marble and local artists Teresa Crowe and Barbara Lockhart.The formal dining room’s triple tray ceiling escalates to a high canopy where two lantern-inspired Brecher’s lighting fixtures hang. The ceiling is custom-painted with a medallion motif to mimic the pattern in the rug. The soothing stone gray tone of the room contrasts with a wainscoting perimeter. A double window that opens to the front lawn is dressed for formal occasions in a set of silk panels with an exaggerated band of warm beige on the bottom.
A picture of comfortable elegance, the Great Room achieves a feeling of cabin coziness that is juxtaposed with the grandeur of a high vaulted ceiling. The eye is immediately drawn to the custom stone fireplace and distressed mantle, where two slipcovered stools accommodate seating beside the fireplace. The strikingly angled windows are dressed with custom drapery panels, allowing natural light to pour into the vast room from either side of the fireplace. A pair of leather sofas face a wall filled with custom shelving and an oversize ottoman, a multipurpose piece that provides an additional area for lounging or serving food. Small vintage accessories, including antique books, a lantern and oversized candlesticks, bring nostalgic warmth into the infinite space.
The Great Room transitions through a wide entryway into an eat-in kitchen area. A stained wood top kitchen table was custom designed for extra width and end-table seating to accommodate a growing family.
Smart and sophisticated, the study captures old world beauty with small but effective details that add refinement. Three sections of distressed cabinetry with decorative arches encompass the far right wall for books and storage. Distinctive Faux Artistry completed the look with a coffered ceiling painted in a faux leather finish and embellished with nail heads.
One of the home’s most impressive and functional rooms, the kitchen is fitted with cream cabinets in a rich chocolate glaze. Kitchen Concepts incorporated custom-built large cabinet doors to camouflage the freezer and refrigerator. An arched hood and copper accent tiles above the stovetop add thoughtful glimmers of elegance to the room. A large center granite-topped island provides an additional eating area with three upholstered stools.
A convenient butler’s pantry connects the kitchen to the dining room. The concealed area provides extra space to serve appetizers, make final touches to the main course or shake a cocktail over a sleek granite countertop with a painted black bead board backsplash. Glass front cabinetry provides a beautiful and functional way to display favorite serving pieces.
The first-floor master bedroom evokes a sense of calm and serenity with its open-air vaulted ceiling, fresh neutral colors and classic décor. The master bed is topped with a custom duvet featuring a quatrefoil pattern. The Design Link team demonstrates here how blending different wood finishes can accomplish a cohesive result. Other tasteful touches include an upholstered headboard, custom bench and monogrammed shams, giving a hint of personalization. The master bathroom emphasizes earth tones, with granite countertops, cream cabinetry and a beautifully framed vanity mirror. The walk-in shower, built-in bench and large Jacuzzi are constructed from a porcelain tile with a stone mosaic accent.
Inspired by the atmosphere of a quaint cottage, the first floor guest bedroom includes a rustic white headboard that mimics the slats of refurbished shutters. Designed to represent a snug home away from home, the room includes custom floral print draperies in a cool pattern of turquoise. A skirted nightstand is tucked into a corner and a salvaged iron embellishment from Cowgirl Attic hangs over the bed’s headboard.
A playful change-up from the neutral tones recurring throughout the home, the girls’ bedroom reflects a youthful energy with its black, white and hot pink accent wall. Against this bold wall, two twin beds painted black are marked with custom silhouette portraits of the girls who occupy them. The silhouettes are the work of local artist Natalie Brockman. With sassy leopard print and polka dot comforters and hot pink pillows, this room shines with personality.
The spacious carpeted basement serves as a theatre room for the family that likes to enjoy their own Big Screen and pass the popcorn at home. A 60-inch-wide tufted ottoman is set before a row of black leather theatre seats that recreate the authentic movie theatre experience. The basement includes a small game table and rustic, equestrian-inspired artwork as well as wall art created from refurbished distressed shutters.