When April Pergrem and her family began building their home in Lake Ridge Estates in Richmond, Kentucky, she knew she wanted to bring warmth and personality to the sprawling 18,000 square foot property.
“I would describe our home’s style as somewhat traditional but very functional,” she said. “I think a lot of larger homes can seem kind of cold and museum-like.” That’s why she chose a color palette of predominately rich coppers, golds, creams, browns and blacks. “I don’t like to change things out a lot. Once I pick something, it’s done, so I picked colors that I thought would stand the test of time.”
"I picked colors that I thought would stand the test of time."
Indeed, Pergrem, who owns a rental property business, has lived in the home for nine years, and the décor still looks fresh. She shares her home with her two children – Hunter who will be a senior in high school at Madison Central in the fall, and Ryder, who will be starting middle school at The Lexington School. She also has a daughter, Madison, a junior at Eastern Kentucky University, who is currently completing a summer internship in Washington D.C.
The entryway is beautifully bold, with archways flanked by white columns and walls painted a unique bronze shade. She used Ralph Lauren paint from their “Regent Metallics” line, which has a subtle metallic sheen. “This is the dressy area. I guess most people think it’s all dressy, but I think it’s very functional too,” she said of the front parlor. “I raised my kids here, we’ve had all kinds of children here playing baseball in the house. It’s definitely somewhere we’ve enjoyed living.”
A few standout pieces from this home are the three beautiful chandeliers from a company called Arte de Mexico. Located in the entryway, dining room and master bathroom, they feature rustic, heavy frames and ornate metalwork. The four electric outdoor sconces outside are from Arte de Mexico as well.
In the dining room, a beautiful domed ceiling showcases the Arte de Mexico chandelier. The walls appear to have a painted faux finish, but is actually wallpaper. Off the dining room is a stunning wet bar with black cabinetry, granite countertops, and decorative crystal decanters.
Pergrem hired Jimmy Bicknell, the Richmond contractor who built her parents home, to do the project, which took fifteen months to build. “We had to beg him to come out of retirement,” she laughed. The attention to detail and fine craftsmanship is evident in every corner of the home. “(Jimmy) is a one man show,” she said. “He’s very much a perfectionist, and very particular. He didn’t want a huge crew working on the house, so he handpicked the contractors. All the drywall was done by one man and his assistant,” she said.
For the interior design, Pergrem hired Donna Cope of Frankfort, though she said she herself definitely had a big hand in the process. She and Cope worked hand-in-hand for three years, picking every fabric, doorknob, sink, and every other element of the home. Since she was raising three small children at the time, she and Cope made a three-day trip to The High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina. The Market, as it’s often called, takes place twice a year and is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. During that trip, Pergrem chose nearly all of the home’s furnishings. Ashley Upton Brewster of Lexington also assisted with decorating and design, and has worked with Pergrem over the last couple of years.
She and Cope worked hand-in-hand for three years, picking every fabric, doorknob, sink, and every other element of the home.
In the kitchen, Pergrem steps away from her neutral color palette a bit. The walls are painted a rich shade of red, which complements the flocked granite countertops and the carved wooden columns and cabinetry. Ornately carved bar stools line the eat-in area. The kitchen gives way to a cozy family room with comfortable couches and a large, mounted flat screen television. “I really wanted to do open concept to make this room warm and welcoming,” she said. “We eat in here, hang out, cook, and spend most of our time together as a family.” The kitchen was designed by Creative Kitchen and Bath (“They really helped us create a wonderful space”) and features a Viking range, a full refrigerator and freezer, hidden, pull-out spice racks, a warming drawer and additional warming stove, a full dishwasher and an additional, smaller dishwasher. The kitchen lighting came from Kentucky Lighting and Supply.
The office/library is outfitted in beautiful dark wood, and features a lofted second level with additional bookshelves that can be accessed via a spiral staircase. Cox Interiors is responsible for the construction of the staircase and all the crown molding. The gorgeous desk came from an antique sale at Boone Tavern, and the animal prints are by John Richards.
The Pergrem home consists of four suites on the upper level and a master suite on the ground level. There is an additional bedroom in the basement and a guest apartment above one of the home’s five garages. Each bedroom features an en suite bath and walk-in closet. The stairways, doorways, arches and windows are oversized, keeping with the style of the home and making moving furniture easy as well.
The master bedroom is painted a relaxing shade of rich brown and features a striking copper ceiling. An ornate four-poster bed takes center stage. Ann Little of Versailles did the faux finishes painting in the master bedroom and throughout the rest of the home. She also painted the domed ceilings that house the chandeliers.
Off the main bedroom area is a relaxing sitting room with views of the Madison County countryside and Lake Wilgreen. It also has access to one of the home’s four decks. “There are so many great outdoor spaces here. Any view is a pretty one,” said Pergrem.
The opulent master bathroom has a very Tuscan feel, with cream-colored marble and granite, more faux finishes, domed ceilings, and a fantastic vanity countertop made from green onyx. Onyx comes in a variety of colors, and according to Pergrem, is used often in Florida. The sink in the master bath, and many of the home’s other bathrooms, have decorative metal accents inlaid in the porcelain. There is a spacious open shower located behind the sunken bath.
The basement is a fun and laid-back space with a zebra print carpet with memory foam padding, cozy leather chairs and couches, and a playroom for the kids with a coordinating cheetah print carpet. The lower level also features another wet bar, which is really another full kitchen, a fireplace, walk-in wine cellar, and walk-in humidor. Plenty of storage space is located in the basement, as well as a home gym, sauna, and steam shower.
The home is located on about twenty acres of land. There is a 1.8-mile driveway leading up to the property (“I walk it four or five times a week,” said Pergrem). Located on peaceful, rolling hills and backing up to Wilgreen Lake, it’s both secluded and close to major roads and highways.
Pergrem said that the Lake Ridge Estates community is still in the process of being developed. Currently, there are four homes in the development and varying lot sizes. She has loved living there and appreciates being surrounded by natural beauty. She hinted at the possibility of selling her home in the future but is currently not working with a relator and has no immediate plans to do so. Still, “If someone was interested in the property, I’d entertain the idea,” she said.
When asked what was most important to her in designing the home, Pergrem said, “Making sure it was comfortable, and that it flowed. With such a large house, you need the colors to flow, you need the functionality to be there. I think if we went very natural and contemporary, this place would feel cold.” As a lifelong Richmond resident, she has a lot of family and friends in the area, and in the past year, she has hosted gatherings for all the major holidays, as well as several birthday parties, and looks forward to enjoying her home for years to come.