By Donna Ison


Upon stepping into Cinda and Rodes Brown’s home, you cannot help but feel a sense of serenity. Perhaps it’s the large breathtaking painting of a beachscape by artist Jordan Zanes that greets you. Or the open and airy floorplan. Or the expansive view out the windows of a placid lake surrounded by trees and backed by the rolling hills of Warren Rosenthal’s Patchen Wilkes Farm. Regardless, it induces a deep breath and relaxed sigh.

Rodes, a practicing attorney at the Jackson Kelly law firm with a focus on real estate law, agrees.

“We feel like we’re on vacation.” Cinda adds, “Sometimes it doesn’t even feel like we’re still in Lexington, but downtown is only about ten minutes away.”

It was the natural surroundings coupled with convenience that made their Patchen Wilkes Townhome irresistible. Initially, the Browns were looking at the home as an investment property, but decided it was too perfect not to keep for themselves. Cinda, a nurse practitioner, who recently retired from the VA Hospital after 21 years, was ready for maintenance-free living. They have since purchased a second Patchen townhome, which they are currently renting.

Upon moving in, the Browns immediately turned to longtime friend and interior designer with Hubbuch & Company, Carolyn Threlkeld. The trio then collaborated with realtors Maria Gillette and Joey Svec, who represent The House Store Realty Group, to fulfill their vision of a dwelling that was clean, classic and comfortable. They also wanted the essence of Sea Island, Georgia, one of their favorite places, captured in the color palette, furnishings, upholstery and other décor. All agreed that transitional design—the meshing of modern and traditional elements—would best suit their needs.

Carolyn states, “When I started on this project with Rodes and Cinda, we looked at their furnishings and came up with a floor plan and a color palette. Neutrals, corals and aquamarine. These colors are reflected in almost every room, which gives a cohesive look to their townhouse.”

Over an eight-month period, Cinda and Carolyn achieved the desired “coastal and traditional blend.” This seamless style starts in the entryway and moves just beyond into the capacious great room, which contains a living room and kitchen. The décor is a blend and balance of prior-owned possessions and more recent acquisitions. Cinda knew from the start she was interested in “combining old and new. And, creatively reusing and enjoying furniture and art we had at our previous home.”

After spending over two decades on Indian Mound Road, they had amassed a wide array of furnishings, art and collectibles. The paring down process involved choosing what to keep, what to sell and what to give away. They hosted neighborhood yard sales and donated many items to their church, Apostles Anglican. Rodes laughs, “I must have delivered a dozen loads.”

Afterwards, the couple was left with only their most beloved belongings. This is where Carolyn’s creative expertise came into play through rethinking and repurposing the items. For Carolyn the goal was to “mix it up and it make it look brand new.” She goes on to say, “I have worked with them for years, and I knew what they wanted to use in their previous house. So, we used their furniture and artwork in a new setting. We were able to create a more transitional look by concentrating on fewer larger pieces of artwork and accessories.”

Throughout the house, custom window treatments from Renee Chess, fixtures from Kentucky Lighting & Supply and River Ridge pre-engineered wood flooring in the terra natia finish from The Flooring Gallery enhance the transitional feel.

The kitchen also embodies the transitional style utilizing both classical and contemporary components. The dominant wall consists of BJ Tidwell cabinetry from Kitchen Concepts with a Bianco Romano granite countertop and functional farmhouse sink from Bluegrass Tops & Casework. An accommodating island provides more than ample room for food preparation and casual dining. Delta plumbing fixtures from Ferguson’s and state-of-the-art Whirpool appliances from Pieratt’s round out the look. But, arguably, the most eye-catching element is the Artigiano backsplash from Daltile Tile & Stone Gallery. The tile’s glossy, hand-painted appearance and irregular edges add a rich, old-world charm.

Off the great room is a spacious screened-in porch overlooking the lake where Cinda enjoys coffee in the morning, curling up with a good book in the afternoon, and winding down with a cocktail with Rodes at the day’s end. “This is where we live,” Cinda says. The porch is well-appointed with furnishings from Housewarmings, potted tropical and flowering plants, and a unique table constructed of a colorful, Japanese planter topped with glass. When making the decision to screen the porch, Cinda and Rodes’ main priority was to make certain the view was minimally altered. Aladdin’s Glass delivered with a screen treatment that is next to invisible.

The main floor also boasts a master bedroom with master bath, walk-in closet and laundry room, making one-floor living an option.

The third floor is comprised of an additional two bedrooms, a full bath with walk-in shower, and lofted multi-purpose room with a desk, roomy sofa, and wide windows providing a vista to the lake. This has proved the perfect place for the grandchildren to play on their visits to Kentucky.

Descend downstairs and you find yourself in a full, walk-out basement, a feature of all the Patchen Wilkes Townhomes community’s waterfront properties. Though technically correct, with floor to ceiling windows that let in the sun and direct access to a sizable patio, the term basement seems inaccurate. The lower level also has a full bathroom and additional room which could be used as an office, craft/play room or study.

Rodes refers to the main area as his man-cave, though that term is somewhat misleading. The space, which was influenced by a suite in the Cloister Resort on Sea Island, is the picture of easy elegance with a comfortable couch situated in front of a fireplace, a dining table and sleek wet bar for entertaining. Another of Jordan Zane’s spectacular shoreline paintings occupies a wall in the sitting area.

Again, it is the proximity to the outdoors that the couple finds most appealing. “We love our lakefront patio,” Cinda says. The patio, where grilling and relaxing take place, is situated beside the private, seven-acre lake with its one-mile walking trail for residents, variety of plants and wildlife. Avian visitors include ducks, geese and blue heron. The original landscape design was implemented by Barrett Partners Inc. Now, Landscape Workshop (formerly Henkel Denmark) keeps the property pristine.

Since becoming part of the Patchen Wilkes Townhomes community, which was created by Warren Rosenthal and developed by Andover Construction, Cinda and Rodes could not be more content. For others craving this harmonious way of life, there are still ten waterfront townhomes available. Each can be completely customized within The House Store design center, which is fully equipped with the latest styles of finishes, as well as a team of realtors, designers, interior designers and builders to aid in the process.

As for Cinda and Rodes, they look forward to the ongoing experience of enjoying a luxury vacation right in their own home.

Meet the Designer

Designer, Carolyn Threlked of Hubbuch & Company sat down with us to share her inspirations and tips for achieving a beautiful home.

How would you describe your decorating style?
I would say my style is generally classic, which can be mixed with contemporary artwork, or combined with other furnishings to give a room a very distinct look, which reflects the client.

Who is your personal style icon?
Bunny Williams. She has a fresh style that reflects a classic background. Always interesting and unexpected.

Why is color so important and how can a client find their perfect palette?
Usually a client will have favorite colors they have used in artwork or special collections. Once you establish your favorite colors, you can add interesting accent colors to make your personal palette very unique.

Which design trends are you most excited about in 2018?
Bolder colors used with a neutral palette wallpaper is making a comeback, especially in kitchens, baths, and dining rooms. I also like large scale florals with botanical references used in fabrics, wall art, and wallpaper. More colorful kitchens are a great new trend with using a pop of color on an island, countertop or black splash.

Name three things every room should have:
•   A pop of color. Monochromatic schemes are fine, but it is good to inject a little energy with pops of color in accessories, pillows or artwork.
•   Plants or flowers are another need for a home. Houseplants and flowers do wonders for a space. Trees add height and life to a room. Fresh cut flowers add color as well as offer a welcoming touch.
•   Layers of texture. Try bringing in texture through baskets, throws and rugs. These elements add interest and make a room more inviting.

What is a common misconception about working with a designer?
I think people are worried their house will look like the designer’s house and not their own. This is not true. A capable designer will get to know the client and interpret their style and colors they like into a beautiful space that is a reflection of the client.