When remodeling his Hartland Estates home, John Mullins
followed his extravagant Bellagio Hotel vision rather than settle for an ordinary high-end home.
From the foyer, we take the center stairway up a half level and into a multi-purpose office and lounge. Mullins placed a working desk in front of the room’s broad arching window, which is dressed in sweeping crimson curtains. Mullins notes this room is also used for family time, as evident by the large caramel couch and herringbone print tufted ottoman included in the heart of the space
To the right of the foyer, I’m amused by a slender French door, which opens to a library resembling Old World Europe. The enchanting room is decorated with a coffered ceiling and sliding ladders that skim across walls of wood custom-built shelves. The room feels like it belongs in another place and time, but serves a practical use for the homeowner today.
Returning to the foyer, we progress toward the center of the first floor, passing through an elaborate Venetian archway that introduces a sophisticated dining room. The elevated ceiling with two layers of molding is highlighted by a contrasting ceiling tone. The dining room is complete with a sleek 10-seat dining table, a front window trimmed in silk black and white printed curtains and a gold-trimmed imported black buffet.
Past the dining room, the natural flow of the home leads to an open area exposing a series of Venetian style columns setting off the living room. At the core of the open area, and adjacent to the living room, a glass-encased wine cellar holds a thousand bottles of wine collected by Mullins. At this point in the tour, we step down from the hardwood onto the beige carpet of the living room. The formality of the space is emphasized by the coffered ceiling and faux finished sage walls, which are trimmed in white railing. It’s impossible to overlook the massive cast stone fireplace, which was imported from Mexico. A bronze sectional couch and two Victorian style upholstered sitting chairs complete the living room.
Moving down a hallway to the left of the living room, we circle around the custom-built glass panels of the rectangular wine cellar, a central focus of the home, and into the angle vaulted-ceiling kitchen and attached breakfast nook, which are styled in harmony with the rest of the house.
Far walls of the kitchen are assembled with cream cabinetry finished with elaborate molding. Matching corner cabinet sections with glass facings are incorporated for china display.
A pair of oversized, dramatic bronze chandeliers hover over an 18-foot, two-tiered granite countertop, complemented by stools upholstered in an olive iKat print. On the right side of the room, a section of the granite workspace provides a view out to the property.
Transitioning through the center of the home to the hallway on the opposite side of the living room, Mullins is eager to show off his treasured powder room. Moses helped design a distinctively dramatic powder room that intensifies the aura of Old World glamour felt throughout the home. A hand-printed camel wallpaper meets perimeter molding and a ceiling draped with sleek golden silk and an elaborate bronze light fixture, and finished with a rope trim. A dark marble flooring in a diamond pattern caps off the timelessly elegant and impressively creative look in this small but noteworthy space.
The central stairway located across from the powder room steps a half level down to an optional work out room or office space, illuminated by a large window to the outdoors, then scales down one more half flight to conclude at the finished basement.
The basement provides a casual living space, with a large flat screen television as the focal point, and a hallway that passes by a pool powder room and opens below upper deck to an outdoor pebble pool shower, suited in optional blue-print curtains, and a series of majestic columns setting off the pool deck.
Returning to the foyer, we climb up the central stairway to the top of the vaulted ceiling, an area designated for bedrooms dispersed to each corner of the upper level.. The golden beige-toned master bedroom includes a heightened two-tiered ceiling and private fireplace.
The adjacent master bathroom provides a vanity area defined by two black mosaic tile sinks and illuminated with sconce lighting fixtures. A built-in shower and Jacuzzi are assembled with beige tile with diamond accents. A surprising detail in the bathroom, a built-in flat screen television on a plaster wall takes on the appearance of a mirror when not in use.
The master bathroom leads into a super-functional walk-in closet fitted with custom walls and racks for optimal storage.
Turning the corner back toward the great room, Mullins gestures toward a light and refreshing sunroom soaking up natural light and warmth through two walls of glass panels with sliding doors, which open to the upper level deck. In warm weather, the room serves as a transitional area guiding guests toward the lavish outdoor settings. The sunroom continues the home’s theme of detail-driven refinement with its quatrefoil print accent wall and four comfortable linen sitting chairs.
The porcelain tile extends from the sunroom onto the outside deck, which is furnished with a set of lounge chairs tossed with pillows matching the wall print from the indoor section.
An unexpectedly fun detail, an iron spiral stairway winds from the upper deck down to the lower deck.
Around the corner, Mullins enjoys a custom-built, full-service granite bar for adult entertaining. To the right of the columns, a Las Vegas worthy infinity pool dazzles with copious details, including a stepping stone path through the middle, lighting features and music-coordinated dancing fountains.
A stairway from the lower pool deck climbs a full level ending at a custom built stone oven and wood pagoda, which hovers over an outdoor dining section. To the left, another set of stairs lead to an additional entrance at the back of the house.