TOUR OF HOMES: LIVING IN WHITE

 

When Casey Sturgeon, her husband Bobby, and daughters Lilly (11) and Lola (4) moved into their home in The Reserve at Greenbrier, they knew they’d be staying for good. “This is the second house we’ve built in three years –I never want to move again!” Casey laughed.
Casey and Bobby (who met on Facebook) first got married, they were living with their daughter Lilly in a ranch house. When Lola was born, they found that they were growing out of the home, and decided to have one custom built. They lived in a rental home while it was being built, and a few months after they moved into the new home, Bobby, who is self-employed and works in the medical industry, discovered the lot where their current home is located. Since the lot was a large size but still located within Fayette County, and was listed for a reasonable asking price, the Sturgeons prepared to build yet another home.
The Reserve at Greenbrier currently has a total of 53 lots, a third of which are already purchased. The community offers sizeable estate lots with plenty of green space throughout. As a nature preserve surrounds the property, there will never be any new developments built behind the homes. The community is secluded and private, yet conveniently located near the Hamburg shopping district, and minutes away from I-75 and I-64. The Greenbrier Country Club is also just a short distance away via golf cart.  
The development is owned by Jimmy Nash, so the Sturgeons went under contract with the company to build the home to their specifications. Since Casey’s experience with her first build (which was completed by a different company) didn’t go exactly as planned, she was determined to be as actively involved as possible. “The last time we did this, there were a lot of mistakes, so I was there every single day during the building process, and I knew that floor plan like the back of my hand. Even back when the foundation was poured and the frame was up, I would walk through the house every day and make sure that everything was done right.”
Jean Anne Corbin, an independent designer and owner of the company Ambiance Designs, worked closely with Casey to select the home’s furnishings, materials and fixtures.“ My company has an exclusive contract with Jimmy Nash, and as with all of his homes, my services start from day one. I assist homeowners with selecting everything from exterior materials like shingles, stone, windows, brick, and trim to cabinetry, countertops, hardwood flooring and lighting.” The entire process consists of eight to ten selection meetings, and Jean Anne works with a variety of local vendors like Kitchen Concepts, Lexington Furniture, and Kentucky Lighting. When asked how she got into her profession, she explained, “I’ve honestly been doing this since I was a small child. When all of my friends would buy comic books, I would buy “House Beautiful” magazine. My poor mother had to paint my bedroom every two years!”
In December of 2015, shortly after the family moved in, Casey was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy, followed by four reconstructive surgeries in the last eighteen months. It wasn’t until that summer that she was fully recovered and able to focus her attention on the home’s interior. She explained that design is her passion, and she too owns a business, Sophia Marie Interiors (the name came from the middle names of her girls). She had to put her business on hold after her breast cancer diagnosis, but she hopes that it will someday become her full time job.
Casey played a key role in modifying the home’s floor plan to fit her family’s needs and lifestyle. Since she loves to entertain and has two daughters and two big dogs, a mudroom with a bench, plenty of organizational space and a dog washing station was essential. “That space was originally a closet,” she explained. “But because my girls swim a lot and come in with wet pool towels, the mud room made more sense for us.” Also on her list was a pantry –something the oversized kitchen did not originally include.
One of the things Casey loves best about her home is the amount of natural light that comes in.
When asked to describe her interior design style, Casey said,

“I think it’s a mix of modern and traditional. I like modern lines, colors and fixtures, and I like to mix those things with the more traditional layout of the home –the white walls and the millwork—as well as the colors of the drapes, throw pillows and other accessories.”


Indeed, the traditional style home is decorated primarily in relaxing shades of white—Casey used Pure White, Heron Plume, French Grey, and Gauntlet Grey, all by Sherwin Williams—punctuated with soft pops of color and modern accents. Jean Anne said, “Casey had a unique vision for her home, and that makes it much easier for me as a designer. My main objective is to help (clients) get the home of their dreams, so when they walk through the door, it feels like ‘Casey’s home’. Learning about personal taste and vision is a big part of what I do.”
The main living room is a gorgeous space accented with slate blue draperies and throw pillows. Jean Anne said, “I really love this room, and since the whole house flows from this area, it was really important that we did this room exactly right.” She went on to say that Casey essentially needed all new furnishings for the first floor —including rugs, sofas, upholstery, and dining room furniture. She worked extensively with Jennifer at Lexington Furniture to select the pieces. “Jennifer was a big help to us. She’s very knowledgeable and was very good at pointing us in the right direction in terms of getting what we needed and staying within our price point.”
The kitchen features all white cabinets and countertops, stainless steel appliances and fixtures and a glossy marbled tile backsplash. The dark hardwood flooring (provided by Chris Rodgers of Rodgers Floor Covering) grounds the space and adds a bit of warmth. The Sturgeons worked with Clay Levell at Kitchen Concepts for their kitchen design. “Clay did all the cabinets, and I love that they go all the way to the ceiling, as well as the false panels on the side — they really complete the kitchen,” Casey said.
The adjoining sitting room features a cozy living area with pops of cool green. One of Casey’s favorite pieces is the antique Indian table, located behind the sofa. “The legs fold in, and it’s hand painted and very old, so the paint is worn off and chipped away, but I think it looks perfect with the room and matches the rug as well.” The sitting room leads to a covered outdoor porch accented with palms and chic furniture from Summer Classics.
In the library, Casey has gone a different direction and used matte black grass cloth wallpaper to create a dramatic look. The brocade armchairs, the glossy black bookcases with gold accent pieces, and the industrial-chic light fixture pull the entire look together. “With all the white in the house, I knew I wanted something different, and I love how that room came out,” she said.
The master bedroom is a bright, airy space with decorative millwork on the domed ceiling and a row of large windows to let the light pour in. A lovely vintage style crystal chandelier hangs above the gray velvet tufted bed, which is flanked by two glossy white end tables and a pair of matching gray armchairs.
The adjoining master bath is a serene white space with hexagonal tile, a walk-in shower and soaking tub. The vanity area is spacious and equally bright, with plenty of drawers for storage and a sleek transparent “ghost chair”.
Casey designed her custom closet herself, and it features another elegant chandelier (most of the light fixtures are from Kentucky Lighting), a mirrored dressing table, and plenty of racks and cubbies to display clothing, shoes, and accessories. The royal blue ottoman is from Home Goods and the coordinating chaise lounge is from One Kings Lane. When asked if she arranges her clothing by color in her day-to-day life, she laughed and said, “I do—it just looks pretty to me.” She admits to carrying her minimalist style over to her day-to-day life. “My favorite every day outfit is jeans and t-shirt. Topshop is my favorite for both!”
Lola’s room is princess themed with stylish pink toile print wallpaper from Schumacher, a vintage style chandelier, and plenty of storage cubbies for books and toys. An adjoining bathroom contains matching pink accents.
Lilly’s room is outfitted with modern turquoise and white motif wallpaper from Thibaut and a striking red chandelier from Shades of Light. The lofted bed contains a space below for a desk and storage. Her adjoining bath also echoes the room’s design with coordinating wallpaper and fixtures.
In the basement, the girls have a playroom that has been fashioned to resemble a miniature house with windows, flower boxes, and an eave with a lantern. “I just had (the builders) wall off a room in the basement and we used leftover siding from the house to create the playroom,” said Casey.
The basement also features a fun family photo wall that Casey designed herself using a variety of whimsical frames. She explained, “Every time we have a family photo done, my photographer gives us both color and black and white prints. Since my homes have been in either gray or white, I always chose black and white to display so the colors would match. I bought the frames at Hobby Lobby. I loved them, and I thought they would be easy to use on a gallery wall because they’re not square or round, which would be really difficult to line up without doing a lot of precise measurements. So I just laid them all out on the basement floor how I wanted them and I just placed them on the wall that way.”
Jean Anne feels lucky to have been able to help Casey take her vision and pull it together throughout her home. “I’m passionate about what I do, and I believe that being able to do what I love each day is a great gift.” She also appreciates the great working relationship she has with Jimmy Nash. “It’s a great partnership —he’s an honest, hardworking builder, we respect each others expertise and work very well together.”
When asked for her absolute favorite room in the house, Casey said, “It’s very hard for me to pick a favorite area of our home. When I was building the house, I wanted to make every inch of it functional and lived in, and it truly is! We have a happy home, to me, you can’t ask for anything else.” Jean Anne added, “This home is very modern, but it’s not necessarily ‘on trend’”, said Jean Anne. “Some people want all the latest trends, but with Casey, it’s really her vision. Even though it’s a beautifully updated house, it will never go out of fashion.”


Posted on 2017-05-01 by Michelle Aiello
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