How a home was transformed before a quarantine no one expected
By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by Leslie Lewis Sheets
Interior Designer Leslie Lewis Sheets and her team at LL&A Interior Design transformed this home right before the pandemic hit. Unknowingly, they created a beautiful and tranquil space for the homeowners to retreat to for the unexpected next eight months in quarantine. The family wanted a light, bright, vacation-like feel to the home, so Lewis Sheets and her team did just that. Located in Sellersburg, Indiana, this home sits on Fuzzy Zoeller’s Covered Bridge Golf Club that provides magnificent views.
With numerous large windows in the great room, Lewis Sheets decided to play on the view of the golf course by choosing a natural color palette filled with creams, taupes and warm neutrals. The accent color is a sea glass blue-green to give it a calming spa effect. Lewis Sheets said she wanted to bring the outside in “because with the everchanging seasons, the finishes on the inside work so well with the environment that they would see out their windows.”
It took approximately eight months to renovate the home, and for four of those months, the family moved out of their house and into an apartment in downtown New Albany, Indiana. “They were able to experience downtown New Albany and the fun nightlife the area offers,” Lewis Sheets explained. “It was a completely different neighborhood environment, so it was almost like city living. So it wasn’t like they had to live through the hardship of living through a renovation.”
Initially, the house was more closed off, with a fireplace separating the great room and kitchen from each other, according to Lewis Sheets. Now, it’s a much more open floor plan with the great room, kitchen and dining room all connected. “My favorite part of the home is the kitchen and the opening right into the great room,” Lewis Sheets said. “Everyone always gathers around the kitchen island and this plan allows for that. They have two children, so when their kids are home or their kids and their friends are all together it’s just a nice open plan.”
Aside from the marvelous golf course views, the home has a lovely outdoor space complete with a firepit. However, this outdoor space is also about to be redesigned by Lewis Sheets and her team. “The homeowners loved what we did inside so much that they want to carry that to their outside space. They love being in their home, but they also want to enjoy their outdoor space that includes a pool, a grilling space, a kitchen and bar, a gathering space and firepit,” said Lewis Sheets.
Lewis Sheets has been an interior designer for 35 years and started her company, LL&A Interior Design, 15 years ago. “When I was a teenager, my family worked with an interior designer when we were building a home. I remember thinking, ‘Oh my gosh! If that’s a job, I know that’s what I want to do!’ I think it’s such a gift that I knew what I wanted to go to college to do and this is my 35th year in design,” said Lewis Sheets. When talking to Lewis Sheets about her career, it’s very clear how much she loves her job. She described how the day-to-day job hasn’t changed during her years in the business, but it’s a job she wouldn’t trade for the world.
LL&A Interior Design
247 Spring Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47130