Looking to settle along the shore of Reeds Lake, our clients invited Jennifer to completely develop the interior architecture, design and furnishing of their new home. In keeping with it’s exterior Tudor style we provided design solutions to give the home a cohesive and noble expression. Exterior wall lanterns in solid brass and charcoal finish flank the dark solid wood front door for a stately first impression.
The volume of the foyer is balanced between heavy dark Siberian oak floors and the barrel-vaulted ceiling’s reflectivity and light. The ceiling’s handmade custom metallic finish and open framed aged gold leaf pendant are a welcome contrast to the foyer’s weightier Tudor style features. A large damask wall covering paired with a custom hand finished chest, create a distinguished light-filled focal point in the spacious entry.
Herringbone and medallion hardwood floors in an oiled-finish are meticulous in design, the wall paneling is exacting in proportion, and ornate white oak newel posts and turned stair balusters are intricately detailed and a nod to fine craftsmanship and artistry.
Multi-toned woods throughout the home are a nod to the richness of the architectural style without feeling too heavy or opulent. A soft Peruvian walnut dining table with a built-in upholstered bench and chairs create an intimate dining area at the center of the spacious kitchen. Two Sub-Zero refrigerators are concealed with custom wood and mirror paneling and arched doors. White cabinets and exposed ceiling beams brighten the kitchen and are enhanced by north-facing natural light and views of Reeds Lake.
A Florence de Dampierre eight-light mirrored chandelier gently illuminates an original German impressionist oil painting and geometric tracery ceiling. The ceiling design honors the well-traveled homeowner’s global aesthetic in a Byzantine pattern with Turkish and Spanish influences.
The textured stone fireplace surround is a chiseled, scrapped and hammered chevron mosaic tile that playfully reflects the firelight. The living area’s ceiling is an inventive and achromatic variation on Old World exposed timber framing in a fresh dove white finish.
Original artwork and antiques were displayed in tribute to the homeowner’s prestigious collection. Decorative antique andirons adorn the timeless marble fireplace in the study. A British landscape oil painting holds commanding eminence on the fireplace mantel while a new campaign style desk with brass X-legs and a light walnut surface complete the stage for a relaxing and timeless environment to work.
The character of the home reflects the homeowner’s interest in sophistication more than in formality. Their home is the definition of luxurious, exceptionally beautiful and tailored yet distinctly comfortable.