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A Sneak Peek At This Year’s Norton Children’s Hospital Raffle Home

By Janice Carter Levitch

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

The grace and style within a home make it more than just a beautiful place to live. Home should be a reflection of the heart, and that is precisely what this year’s Norton Children’s Hospital raffle home expresses. As part of the annual Snow Ball fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, this year’s raffle home is located in the Norton Commons neighborhood and is valued at more than $800,000.

Sixteen years ago, the raffle began with a car giveaway, thanks to BMW of Louisville. Eight years ago, the raffle launched the home giveaway.

“Over the years, we have tried to evolve the raffle and make it more exciting,” said Lynnie Meyer, senior vice president and chief development officer for Norton Healthcare. 

Lynnie Meyer.

“We sell about 12,000 tickets, and at the Snow Ball in November, we give the home and car away. All of the tickets are audited and accounted for as they go into the giant drum, and we spin it on stage at the ball. Year-to-year we have someone independent that draws the winner. It’s fun to have the winner in the room (since) they are usually in shock. Some fantastic people have won over the years.”

The home is grand in stature with architectural elements that drape the façade as effortlessly as a fine cashmere scarf. It is visible from a great distance as it towers three stories strong and includes a rooftop terrace. The exterior brick color is Hurricane Haze by Porter Paint and is accented by a glossy, black color – framing each window and covering all the doors.

Creating classically-inspired spaces that capture the client’s lifestyle and personality is important to interior designer Leslie Cotter Dorazil, who was in charge of the home’s design. Furnishings were provided by Market on National, located in the heart of Lexington. And the Ramage Company, located in Louisville, built the home. Ramage’s mission is to exceed expectations in the building process while keeping a disciplined eye on value to protect the client’s investment.

Cotter Dorazil, who owns Leslie Cotter Interiors, has more than 12 years of experience in the interior design field. She found great inspiration while designing this house knowing that her work would benefit Norton’s Children’s Hospital.

“My philosophy is to enhance functionality while integrating timeless elegance with a thoughtful and creative approach,” she stated. “Travel and hospitality inspire me, and I wanted this home to feel like a luxe retreat lifted right out of a larger city. The tones gravitate towards rich colors to create a mood that’s inviting and stylish. Deep wall colors are carefully placed throughout each floor and separated by a touch of warmth on nearly white walls where needed. The floors are kept light throughout to balance the palette along with modern statements that are made with the lighting and furniture.”

The living room ceiling soars to a height of 12 feet, and a flood of natural light draws attention to the room’s architectural details.

“I chose a deep bluish black for the walls, crown molding and built-in shelving,” Cotter Dorazil explained. “I incorporated varied textures, and objects in contrasting lighter hues keep the room from feeling too dark. The kitchen space leant itself to dual islands that are accented with quartz countertops and a waterfall edge detail on both. I decided to capture the alcove created by the stairwell with a customized banquette as a dining nook. The pantry becomes an extension of the kitchen with custom cabinetry and a simple cased opening separating the two spaces.”

The first-floor powder room houses a floor-to-ceiling custom mirror that reflects the natural oak floors, providing a warm tone. The floating vanity has a quartz apron front to add a touch of elegance.

On the second floor, linear patterned tile lays a backdrop to a double vanity in the master bath. The shower room with tub and multiple shower heads make the space a tranquil reprieve from the stresses of a busy lifestyle. In the adjacent master bedroom, sits a king-size canopy bed with layers of cozy textures and brass embellishments. A velvet chaise rests atop a soft, geometric wool rug that compliments the drapery panels.

The family room is also nestled on the second floor with a built-in media center that provides ample storage. Cozy leather ottomans, a velvet swivel chair and a sofa with chaise all add to the comforts of this sumptuous space. Across the hall is another bedroom with blue-gray walls that accent the stately headboard, which is upholstered in a mocha velvet fabric. A burled wood nightstand in a rich, caramel stain is perfectly accented with polished nickel. The neighboring bedroom has an exaggerated sloping headboard in a textured gray fabric outlined with a nail-head trim. Deep emerald bedding layered with a cream color faux fur highlight the luxurious feel of the space. Black and white abstract art is placed above the dresser encased in white pilaster with rustic gray stained drawers. Studded mirrors spanning floor to ceiling reflect the marble nightstands and the natural light flowing into the room.

The third floor has a lounge feel that allows for a perfect entertainment destination. Coffered ceilings and walls in a high-gloss tonal green set the stage for the entrance onto the terrace. It’s located beyond the glass doors and allows for an expansive view of the Norton Commons neighborhood. Brown leather sofas create multiple conversation groupings along with a pair of navy velvet chairs. Accents of concrete and brass add to the textural feel of the sisal rugs layered with a brindled hide. The sculptural pendant spans over five feet in diameter and towers over the room.

The new home is impeccable, the cause is genuine and the price is right since a $100 ticket gets each buyer the chance to call the dream house theirs.

“Norton Commons provides the lot for us to build the home on,” Meyer concluded. “About three years ago, we added early bird incentive drawings that include gas for a year donated by Thornton’s, groceries for a year and an electronics package. I have the thrill of calling the winner, and I’ve discovered that if there is ever someone worthy of winning, it’s usually that person. Really great people buy raffle tickets and they all have fantastic stories. The drawing is aired live on WAVE 3. Two years ago the winner was actually in the room at the Snow Ball and it creates terrific excitement for everyone.

“It’s important to focus on the mission and understand that the events and raffle all support the work of Norton Children’s Hospital,” Meyer continued. “Gary and Karen Lawrence are the chairs of our event this year, and the proceeds will benefit the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac ICU, which will bear her name. We are hoping Jennifer will make a trip in for our Snow Ball event in November. She loves the hospital and visits every year through the holidays.” VT

Norton Children’s Home & BMW Raffle

Snow Ball Gala 2018

Omni Louisville Hotel

6 p.m. Nov. 17