Conveying the rustic warmth of Tuscany, this vibrant Richmond home underwent substantial renovations four years ago.
The homeowners worked with interior designer Lindsey Shaffer and builder Steve Shaffer of Shaffer Construction LLC to modify the layout and tailor the aesthetics of the home. The new lavish interior features a color palette of sunbaked earth tones, complex ceiling structures, an open floor plan and dramatic accents reflective of Old-World European style. In spite of its formal elements, the home achieves a feeling of kick-off-your-shoes comfort, with breezy spaces for relaxation, views of the tree-heavy exterior, a wood-covered canopy on the drive to the garage, and expansive areas for large group entertainment. Backing up to a lake in a cul-de-sac, the property includes multiple decks and a walking path down to a private dock where the family enjoys kayaking and fishing.
Approaching the home from the curb, visitors will follow a front walk that passes alongside a coy fishpond constructed of natural, hand-collected stones. Guests will enter through a pair of artisan glass French doors that were custom designed for the homeowners from a vendor in Texas.
The first view inside the home reveals an open staircase with a designer iron railing, alternating three spindle patterns, supported by oak banisters. As part of the renovation, the homeowners laid new red oak flooring throughout the first level of the home. They also removed several walls that confined the dining room, the foyer and the living room to create a large, open main floor with natural flow.
A sophisticated dining room is colored in stripes of coral, beige and rust with a chair railing that spans across the far wall. The dining room’s centerpiece is an octagonal table with an optional leaf to accommodate additional guests. With its untraditional angles, the Stanley Furniture dining table evokes a feeling of privacy and closeness for dinner guests sitting in its matching set of chairs with leather cushions and a contrasting fabric backing. During the day, the table receives natural light from an arched window with three panels of plantation shutters, a recurring window covering throughout the home. Hanging over the center of the table, an elaborate chandelier dripping with teardrop pieces illuminates a golden faux distressed ceiling, a hand-painted detail that reinforces the rustic feel of the room.
With wall color signifying room separation in the expansive open space, the dining room transitions fluidly into a Khaki-toned living room with a high vaulted ceiling and custom-built stone fireplace. Two upholstered Victorian-style armchairs, one in a coral leopard print and the other in a golden neutral, are positioned on either side of the fireplace. An animal fur throw is draped over the back of a Hancock and Moore burnished leather sofa, a custom piece that embodies the worn, aged appeal of the room. Granite-topped coffee and matching side tables complete the room’s exquisite collection of furnishings, which are set over a dramatic printed oriental rug.
“From extra care in the hand-laid stone work on the fireplace, to the beautifully designed tile floors, the homeowners have managed to bring a sense of luxury and style wile maintaining an inviting and relaxing feel throughout the home,” says Sonia Scorsone, listing agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices de Movellan Properties.
Through an arched entryway from the living room, visitors will enter a gorgeous, wide-open kitchen grounded in the Tuscan theme. The homeowners and builders decided to combine three smaller rooms into one large kitchen space, taking down several walls during the renovation process. For the family, the kitchen is considered the heartbeat of the home – a place for gathering, entertaining and taking in views of the back of the property. The gold, black and coral speckled granite selected for the kitchen island served as a foundation for the color scheme of the entire home. However, the designers used another shade of neutral granite for the remaining countertops to create a contrasting effect. Three pendant lights from Kentucky Lighting hang over the island where four caramel leather padded stools curve around the centerpiece.
Also part of the kitchen renovation, varied sizes of cherry wood cabinets, built-in Wolf Range appliances, and a custom-built black stovetop hood with a faux distressed finish were installed. The designer scattered glass-facing doors throughout the cabinetry to give the homeowners a functional way to display their fine dinnerware and crystal. In the place of the old doorways, the homeowners built arched windows and openings in the kitchen walls, which resemble the bending windows of a romantic Tuscan villa. The blemish-forgiving floors are made of a porcelain tile with streaks of beige, green and orange. But the most notable structural upgrade in the kitchen is the coffered ceiling above, which was painted in a rich rust tone between white banisters. The kitchen also includes a convenient butler’s pantry with a built-in wine cooler. The pantry enables close access to a breakfast table that overlooks the back of the property through a wide double window.
With its long, linear layout, the first floor master bedroom is filled with natural light that flows in from a sequence of windows, two of which are on either side of a black distressed master bed and shielded by pure white grommet curtains. The tres ceiling and oversized crown molding above the bed provide extra height and grandeur to the golden-hued room. The room extends into a calming and isolated sitting area that is pleasantly furnished with a large chocolate armoire, leather chaise and a teal couch. The attached master bathroom includes a walk-in shower, cream cabinetry, his-and-her vanities and a corner Jacuzzi.
A stairway from the kitchen provides remote access to a game room on the second level of the home. The hideaway game room, which is located above a three-car attached garage, boasts a granite-topped bar, a casual sitting area, a bathroom, an upper level fireplace and two entrances to a second private deck with chaise sunning chairs.
Climbing the main set of stairs from the foyer entrance to the second level, visitors will find a teal-painted child’s room with a dome ceiling reaching 16 feet high. The upstairs also includes two smaller bedrooms and a bathroom to accommodate family or guests.
The family room off the kitchen features more recreational space for lounging, watching television and entertaining guests. The casual space includes the home’s third stone fireplace as well as a chocolate leather sectional couch and matching tufted ottoman.
The back deck of the property, which can be accessed from the first floor living room, looks out to a vast green lawn that ends at a trail. The trail passes by a miniature stone patio with two sitting chairs – one more tranquil area to scope out the lakeside scenery.