Perhaps the most “formal” room in the home, the great room, is an elegant space that offers subtle artistic features, plenty of storage, and luxe details. The gray velvet sofas encourage comfortable lounging and conversation, while the oversized ottoman is an elegant multitasker.
The custom chairs are covered in a soft beige chenille and paired with gray and cream pillows in a damask pattern. While the room is predominantly decorated in gray and beige, there is an understated accent of soft blue that appears in the window treatments and coordinating table lamps. Design Link specializes in assisting their clients with “head to toe” room design. According to Nancy, “We meet with our clients and get an idea of the look they want, and then get to work making it a reality.” The Hoppers were able to enjoy the process of making these decisions without the stress often associated with this overwhelming task.
Upon entering the home, the front foyer features a clover shaped mirror set off by four watercolor ikat prints. The knobs on the console are the same clover shape as the mirror, demonstrating that even minor details are given plenty of creative thought.
The dining room features a neutral-toned animal print rug, paired with custom window treatments in a diamond motif of complimentary hues. The beautiful chandelier, along with the other unique fixtures throughout the home was selected by Anita Thompson, a lighting expert with Fergusons. The crystal and chrome accents add a touch of glam and casts a calming glow off the dark furniture. Three coordinating abstract paintings complete the room’s simple sophistication.
The show stopping kitchen is a large, bright space, ideal for family gatherings, entertaining, and of course, cooking and enjoying meals. “The Hoppers were interested in a large, family style space where the kids can congregate, do homework, and have breakfast together,” Nancy said. The custom cabinetry throughout the home was designed and built by Tony Hahn of Hahn Wood Products in Somerset. The shaker style cabinets and plantation shutters in the kitchen are painted a classic white and finished off with a timeless styling of chrome hardware. All of the top cabinets have illuminated glass doors to display a beautiful collection of white pottery pieces.
The backsplash is finished in a white beveled subway tile –a distinctive feature that gives a bit more luminosity and dimension than a standard flat tile. An adjustable pot filler over the range is perfect for filling large cooking vessels with ease. Other notable features include the stunning elephant gray leather barstools with chrome nail heads, a space-saving microwave drawer, triple basin sink, stainless steel appliances from Ferguson’s, and custom light fixtures with quatrefoil-shaped fabric shades. “It is the small, simple touches like these that really add character and individuality to the home,” Nancy said.
Just off the kitchen is a spacious mudroom with access to the garage. This is a stylishly organized space containing another custom-made cabinet, complete with hooks and labeled baskets for the family’s personal items. “It keeps the items they need every day nicely contained, and keeps the morning rush to a minimum.” A walk-in pantry with a large window, allowing light to pour into the space, is also accessible through the mudroom.
Nancy and her team utilized a space-saving technique in the kitchen with the addition of a built-in banquette and floating table along the far wall. The use of these items created a more comfortable layout, and allowed ample room for the kitchen table and chairs. The custom made chairs feature a durable chenille fabric in a cream and gray geometric pattern.
One of the more interesting design elements of the room is a set of nine glass containers holding white votive candles on a bed of moss. “We really like to incorporate unexpected elements in the artwork. It creates a level of interest that surpasses just the utilization of framed paintings or photographs,” said Nancy.
The kitchen opens to a cozy hearth room, where “the family spends most of their time,” according to Nancy. This open space is characterized by cathedral ceilings accented with tropical style ceiling fans, a striking rattan coffee table, hammered nickel end tables, an extremely welcoming L-shaped sectional sofa, and custom window treatments.
In keeping with the thoughtful approach to decorating, the first floor powder room is adorned in a sand and cream zebra print wallpaper. The lively pattern adds youthful charm to the home and keeps the relatively narrow space light and airy. Two sepia-toned prints, chrome fixtures, and a framed mirror over the pedestal sink complete the look.
The first floor master bedroom is a welcoming space painted in a rich shade of caramel. A major focal point is a set of three bunching chests arranged to appear as one long piece. The custom made bench features the same linen fabric as the headboard. A suzani inspired rug in contrasting neutrals incorporates some of that same sense of youthfulness while referencing a very traditional motif. It is these types of design influences throughout the home that really demonstrate the individuality of the owners, while still maintaining a consistent design perspective.
The adjoining bath is clean and elegant. “They wanted this to be their personal space, so we added plenty of individual touches,” Nancy said, referencing the custom artwork by Meghan Temple. Utilizing the expertise of Tammy Henry with Louisville Tile, the owners were able to blend a combination of natural stone mosaic and porcelain tile to create a sophisticated spa experience. The shower features both handheld and a rain-head functionality, and the custom vanity includes an ample amount of storage.
The floor plan of the Hopper home is designed so that the entire second level is a designated space for their three daughters. Three bedrooms with their own adjoining baths are decorated in hip shades of lime, tangerine and magenta.
The teal, lime, and powder blue common room is a fashionable space where the girls can relax or spend time with friends. Soft velvet sofas, chic leather poufs, and a bright green shag rug offer a fun and trendy look. In classic Todd Hopper style, the girls were sent away last Christmas, and the room was waiting for them when they returned. Nancy described how her team developed one of the room’s coolest features: an extra long window seat that doubles as a bed for slumber parties.
The window seat is actually the width of a twin size bed and includes drawers underneath for storage. The girls have told their parents that they never want to move out because they love their house so much! •