By Sara Giza | Prestigious Properties
For Louisville native Kari Anderson Ferris of Kari Ferris Designs, love for design has been a family affair. Both of her grandparents were apprentices of Frank Lloyd Wright, and their passion was passed down to her.
“I saw a huge need in the market for an interior designer that understood what Louisville’s young professionals were needing, and that is a fresh, stylish, comfortable home that accurately reflects their personality without breaking the bank,” Ferris says. With that in mind, she began to breathe new life into this Mockingbird Valley Green home.
Having outgrown their St. Matthews starter home, the homeowners purchased the house in July 2016. The three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath, 4,500-square-foot house was in an area they loved and came with the open floor plan they desired for hosting family and friends. But it needed some major renovations.
“I came on to the project about a week before closing and began prepping for immediate renovations,” Ferris recalls. “These major renovations included removal of the entryway’s massive wrought-iron spiral staircase and a master bathroom redesign. The construction started immediately, which gave us three months to finalize all of the interior design plans.”
Plans included paint and wall coverings, carpet, lighting, hardware, window treatments, all new furniture, textiles and accessories. Her aim was to create a functional space that was clean and polished but still very livable. The great room, which encompasses the kitchen, dining room and living areas, was to be a main focal point.
With their belongings in storage, the homeowners lived off-site during the construction. Kari met with them weekly to go over details, ensuring that their vision would be realized. Just as the major renovations were being finished, the owners went on vacation. They planned to move into their new, empty home when they returned, but, Kari Anderson Ferris had other plans.
“I quickly worked some magic and was able to wrap up all the painting, push up the carpet install and expedite furniture deliveries. Once I finally had the house to myself, I began tackling the 700 boxes in the garage. Thanks to some amazing help and many late nights, I pulled it off,” Ferris says of her last big surprise.
The main room was furnished and accessorized. The nursery was stocked. Master closets were color coordinated and kitchen utensils were properly placed. They were move-in ready. “When they returned Sunday, they met me at the house to ‘see new paint colors.’ Their reaction was priceless,” says Ferris of the big reveal. There were hugs, tears and moments of, “Is this really our house?”
The homeowners couldn’t be happier with the collaboration and final result: “Working with Kari exceeded all of our expectations. She was thoughtful, thorough and amazing throughout the entire process. She understood that we wanted a fresh and young aesthetic while at the same time incorporating comfort and functionality. She truly made our home one of a kind.” VT