Louisville Home Mirrors Its Owners’ Love of Travel and Heirlooms

TVT_8060Lisa and Charlie love to travel. They honeymooned on St. Barts, and they gravitate to places by the ocean.

 So when it came to decorating their home, they wanted the art to reflect the couple’s love of the ocean. Their master bedroom is appointed with striking prints of Monet’s charcoal studies of sailboats. On the marble ledge of the sunken jacuzzi sits a framed photo of the couple at their beach wedding.

“I tend to enjoy landscapes depicted in art from our travels,” says Lisa, who adds that she and her husband wish to visit Europe at some point.

Their house is a labor of love not only for them but also for Donna Outlaw, a designer and the co-owner of Dwellings. With Outlaw’s help, they were able to knit together a proud collection of family heirlooms with a transitional interior that honors the home’s mid-20th century beginnings.

A treasured possession is an antique tapestry that depicts a rural family and a windmill in the background. It came to their family by way of Charlie’s grandfather. Another is an English grandfather clock, made in 1788, that came by way of Lisa’s family.

“My grandmother boated it over,” she says.

Four years ago, they added on to their home. Several rooms were repurposed. The home’s original small formal dining room became a cocktail room, perfect for having a few friends over for a glass of wine. The cushioned chairs offer comfort and an opportunity to ponder the skillfully exact drawings of architectural elements framed and hanging on one wall. They were drawn in Germany in the mid 1860s and are the meticulous work of Charlie’s great great-grandfather. As far as Charlie knows, his great-great-grandfather was a craftsman who immigrated to the United States. The drawings are of doors, chairs and even a confessional that he crafted.

As a result of the addition, the original living room became a dining room, which showcases a long table and chairs that belonged to Charlie’s parents. A pair of graceful wing chairs were added – one to each end of the table to complete the set. In that room hangs a framed lace handkerchief that is an heirloom in Lisa’s family. It has been handed down through the generations exclusively to women who have the name of “Kate.” Lisa, whose middle name is Kate, is the ninth, and her daughter, who will one day own the handkerchief, is the 10th Kate. On the back of the frame is a roster of all the women who formerly owned it.

The master bedroom is a study in cream and gray with cathedral stone gray walls and cream curtains. A steeply vaulted ceiling gives the room a palatial feel and creates a perfect setting for the wood chandelier from Dwellings.

The spacious kitchen features a granite-covered island with a hammered copper sink, bisque cabinets and a long bank of windows. The kitchen gets a lot of use.

“We love to entertain,” Lisa says.

Outside is a little paradise – a swimming pool with sunken bar stools in the water, an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor dining room with a fire table and a circular couch that enhances conversation.

The family credits Tim Marks Construction with handling the addition while respecting the style and dimensions of the original house.

“He kept the feel of the original architecture,” says Charlie. Marks even matched the original red brick on the home’s exterior.

The original home was built in 1948, and Lisa and Charlie are the second owners. “It was really important to maintain the beautiful home that the previous owners built but make some changes that met our wants and needs today,” says Charlie.

Donna Outlaw, meanwhile, “helped with the function of the home along with the design,” says Lisa. She was attentive to the entire livability of the house.

“We use every room, and how rare is that in a house?” notes Lisa. VT 

Photos by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune