With the formality of Europe, the elegance of France and the serenity of Japan, this luxurious condominium in downtown Lexington brings together an eclectic mix of styles in complete harmony. Homeowners Bob and Carey Doss collaborated with builder Linsey Mosley of Quality Plus Homes to convert three units in The Woodlands into one sprawling home through a renovation process. Bob, who relocated from Chicago two and a half years ago, and Carey, a long-time Lexingtonian, desired a cozy urban dwelling, but with plenty of space to share with visiting children and entertain family and friends.
After passing through an arched tunnel foyer illuminated by LED track lights, visitors will first pause at a formal reception area defined by a European-style round table set over a royal blue floral-woven Japanese rug. Rodgers Flooring of Versailles installed glossy new floors in the great room, as well as ceramic tile flooring in other locations around the home.
Throughout the 3,700 square-foot home, functionality is married with stunning aesthetics and special features that include customized cabinetry and shelving units designed by Debra Willett Hupman of Creative Kitchen and Bath of Lexington. The special features also include a state-of-the-art audio/video entertainment system and a fully integrated lighting control system with automated retractable window shades—all designed and installed by Cooper Stofer and LAVA Systems of Lexington. Designers from Ethan Allen of Lexington helped furnish the home with gorgeous signature pieces and extravagant collections suited to each room’s purpose and mood. Japanese antiques and keepsakes that Bob collected while living in Tokyo are woven into the scheme of the home’s design. The couple hired all local vendors to bring together the pieces and make this downtown dream home a reality.
Upon entering the home, visitors notice a dining room furnished with the Ethan Allen Sanders dining set. The long, cello-finish dining table over a beige quatrefoil-print rug emphasizes the formality of the area. The table accommodates 10 guests, with four wooden chairs on each side and two golden, nail-head upholstered chairs capping each end. A dazzling teardrop crystal chandelier hangs over the table adorned with two oversized candelabras.
Just off the dining area sits an inviting formal living room. Double French doors to the 700-square-foot terrace are located on either side of a blue pearl granite framed fireplace. Two plush plaid chairs, a tufted-back textured couch called The Chadwick and a caramel tufted bench in leather are arranged over a wool and silk blend beige rug that gleams when the light shines through the windows. At the far end of the room, two blue printed Bergère armchairs welcome casual conversations in the natural warmth of a bay window. The window is decorated with four-finger pleated linen drapes with an embroidery overlay. Authentic pieces from Japan, including a stair-step shaped Tansu (Japanese chest) and a large paper lantern, attract attention in the corners of the room.
Creative Kitchen and Bath created a fresh-feeling kitchen, including custom facings that hide appliances such as the Sub-zero refrigerator, a Sharp microwave and even the homeowners’ elevated Thermador dishwasher. Pieratts provided all of the appliances in the home. A hardly noticeable cream-trimmed flat-screen television is aligned with the upper cabinets, allowing homeowners to watch the evening news as they finish up the dishes at the sink. A Danby marble backsplash is highlighted with mosaic accents in gold, silver and beige behind a natural earth tone Golden Persia granite countertop. The homeowners enjoy a Wolf Range, which is topped by a custom-built maple wood hood. At the center of the kitchen, a Zebrawood-topped island with wide maple storage drawers provides another countertop for preparing meals and gathering in the kitchen.
A hallway off of the kitchen leads to a laundry room and two guest bedrooms, one of which is a classy feminine room in a pale pink tone. The carpeted room includes the iron-constructed Ethan Allen Danby bed, which is covered in an embossed ivory quilt and fuchsia floral-print duvet. The room transitions into a Jack and Jill bathroom, with a grey tile corner shower accented by a sea glass tile. Kentucky Lighting provided wavy chrome light fixtures and LAVA intstalled a music station built into the wall, so guests can safely connect their personal devices into the room’s built-in sound system.
The reception area also leads through an arched entryway to the second living space, a more isolated and casual entertainment room. Filled with impressive electronic features and hidden conveniences, this dramatically styled, Asian-inspired room includes a blue-pearl granite bar, with a distressed mirror and distressed black shelves that climb to the ceiling. The coffered ceiling boasts LED track lights built into the crown molding, so the homeowners can literally turn the room blue during University of Kentucky sporting events. The massive 84-inch Sony flat screen provides the ultimate in-home theater experience within a wall of custom black shelving. The mesh-metal weaved facings of the cabinet doors block a view of the Monitor Audio Platinum series that is part of the sound system throughout the house. The lounge area at the center of the room is furnished with curved-back velvet Ethan Allen Hyde couches in a cocoa tone.
Bamboo-textured shades are electronically controlled, so the homeowners can block out noise and light for perfect privacy with the convenience of a button. An ebony Japanese medicine chest, a candleholder from Cambodia and a Japanese illustration painted by Bob’s daughter are personal pieces that were tied into the style of the room. Two rolled-back armchairs in a modern crimson print are set before a rustic stone fireplace with shelves of Asian relics on either side.
An extension off of the entertainment room features a transitional hallway with a long wood wall hanging from Japan. A his-and-her office includes custom shelving and a black granite desktop. The homeowners enjoy individual workspaces and computer monitors on either side of the shared granite desktop.
From the office, double French doors open to a charming master bedroom painted in lilac with a complimentary tone of purple on the ceiling. Two miniature benches upholstered with a topstitch ribbon pattern and hand-carved bases rest at the foot of the bed. The glamorous and posh bed is dressed in a cream sateen duvet and silk lilac coverlet, with a double-nail head, tufted headboard in cream. The bed is flanked with matching side tables with mirror facings. A Bergère armchair in a purple print offers an additional lounging spot for privacy and rest.
A chic master bathroom that sparkles from every angle opens to the sight of a center Jacuzzi constructed of three versions of grey-blend tile. Above the Jacuzzi, a circular indention in the ceiling was created to custom-fit a Kentucky Lighting chandelier that boasts 280 individual crystals. The homeowners enjoy a remote controlled corner shower and a granite-topped vanity with a purple Ikat-print chair. The couple’s massive his-and-her walk-in closet includes a large island dresser with wrap-around mirrors and walls of custom shelving, eliminating the need for a dresser out in the open.