When Judy Miller met her future husband John Paul, creative sparks weren’t the only ones flying. The couple soon discovered their mutual love for art, history, antiques, horses, and the West. They were married in Santa Fe, and have spent the last few decades lovingly decorating and renovating their Lexington home.
The Miller’s numerous excursions to Taos and Santa Fe have resulted in a remarkable collection of antiques, home furnishings, and
Native American art. Most of the furniture in the home was either brought from the couple’s former home in Santa Fe or purchased there, and one glance confirms their admiration of the Spanish colonial architectural style found throughout New Mexico. Soaring ceilings and natural beams, an earthy color palette, a spacious open floor plan with views of their 35-acre farm, and plenty of artifacts from their travels come together to create an interior scheme that is both casual and chic.
Eclectic touches can be seen everywhere: an assortment of weathered antique doors, hand-tooled leather chairs, custom shutters hand-crafted from willow twigs, and plenty of original paintings, drawings, and sculpture. “Judy is responsible for 99% of what you see,” said John Paul, clearly proud of his wife’s talent. Her hands-on approach in the design process is a major contributing factor to the home’s authentic, unstaged feel. But the couple had some great help along the way.
The home was originally constructed in the early 1930s. The first remodel took place about 20 years ago. Over the years, the couple expanded their five-acre property to 35, allowing them to build two barns and a farm office for Judy’s thoroughbred business. The most recent phase of the renovation was completed just a few months ago.
Padgett Construction did the renovation, and removed walls and ceilings, resulting in the airy, ranch-like appearance it has today. “Every aspect of the property was changed except for one bedroom and the den,” said Tom Padgett. “We also built an addition on the rear of the home, expanded the kitchen, rearranged the master bedroom, created the rear hallway addition and opened up the attic to create the lofted ceilings.” A geothermal heating and cooling system was previously installed by Fayette Heating and Air. Padgett, who has been in the business of custom home building and renovation since 1984, particularly enjoys remodeling projects. “In this case, the owners were involved in the design process and purchased a number of materials that we retrofitted into various spaces throughout the home. It was an exciting challenge.”
Judy gives a lot of credit to the subcontractors who were employed by Tom Padgett. “Kent Miller was our job supervisor and he was patient with me whenever we hit a snag or made a change. He never lost his cool! Vernon Hunt did a wonderful job of coordinating the various finishes and creating new stains to match older existing ones. Longwood provided the antique wood from the South Hill Station Lofts in Lexington for the beams and trim around the old doors from New Mexico. Carpenters Aaron Elswick and Beau Ayers did an amazing job with the woodwork and trim. And Bill Hellard of Carriage Trade Interior Design was awesome in helping me pull together the furniture and art. All in all it was a great cooperative effort and a lot of fun!”