Focal Points and Functionality

Courtesy Photos

By Sara Giza | Prestigious Properties

For Ryan and Frankie Adams, this 1937-built home had all of the potential to be their forever home base in Louisville – the perfect place for the kids to come back to for many years to come. As a longtime friend and client of Details, Frankie Adams knew just who to count on to make their design dreams a reality.

Having attended design school in Cincinnati, Christa Rose has been a designer at Details for five years. Designer Jacqueline Buckler’s mother grew up surrounded by interior design and is the owner of Details. She assisted remotely from Nashville until she relocated back to Louisville and was able to jump in for the final stages of the home design. Together, the team worked to make the family’s wishes come true.

“This has been my favorite home in Louisville since I first saw it from the outside,” affirms Adams. “So when we decided to start looking for a larger house and this was on the market, it just felt like kismet.”

Just under 5,000-square-feet, the home has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. With a lovely Georgian façade, the home was built for comfortable living with an interior that flows well. The spaces are filled with French doors and rows of windows that all allow for resplendent light and plentiful views of the outdoors.

Unique to the home are multiple and functional outdoor living spaces. “The front patio and balcony add to the appearance of the home,” describes designer Jacqueline Buckler. “The side and back patios built of stone perfectly complement the exterior of the home while allowing for fabulous entertaining throughout.”

According to Buckler, the homeowners love the sunken living room and dining room: “The dining area features a built-in bar where we wallpapered the alcove and ceiling to make it the focal point of the space. The family entertains often, so this has become a gathering place for all.”

The overall design aesthetic of the home is classic and calming, with a touch of whimsy. Adams loves a cream, tan and black palette. “This would normally be a bit frightening for a parent,” Buckler admits. Yet, by looking at details such as fiber content and durability, they were able to make it work. They kept the home livable and sophisticated at the same time by adding brass touches throughout, featuring gorgeous window treatments and utilizing the best fabrics and trims to bring pieces to perfection.

Chinoiserie vases and jars are some of the subtle focal points. Grass cloth wallpaper was used throughout. Orange calf hair bar accessories add a pop of color. The designers also utilized cowhide and occasional animal print, both for added color and points of interest, and Adams couldn’t be more pleased with the finished project. “Not only are they excellent designers but they have a special talent for finding those unique pieces that really make the house come together in the most beautiful and perfect way,” she says of their collaboration.

“As a design firm, our goal is to always create the home that the client envisioned while making it functional, practical and beautiful at the same time,” says Buckler on the team’s passion. “We had so much fun making this house their home. We could not be happier with the final results and more importantly, neither could they. At the end of the day, that’s what matters the most.” VT