Jacqueline Gilmore, Designer at Details Furniture Gallery & Design, reimagines a cozy Mockingbird Valley home into a functional family oasis
By Sarah Carter Levitch
Photos by Emily Peters
Tell me about the project. Was this a remodel of someone’s home? What rooms did you do?
This home has great bones, so an entire remodel was unnecessary, although a lot of work has been done to make it the perfect home for this family. Over the years, the kitchen and coffee bar has been reworked, the primary bathroom was taken to the studs for a complete remodel, the fourth bedroom was turned into the primary closet, and the back hallway was made into a spacious mudroom with extensive storage. We also added a guest space and a gym above the garage and turned an exterior courtyard into the new dining space. The uncovered back patio was recently remodeled into a year-round outdoor kitchen and living space. This home is gorgeous and functional, with areas for everyone. We’ve designed every room in the house, so it is a favorite among all of our projects at Details.
What were the initial ideas of the homeowner? How did you help make that a reality? How much of the process is your creative vision?
I think Frankie (homeowner) always knew she would need to use the fourth bedroom for her closet, which meant the home would need a space for guests. Both her and Ryan’s family live out of town, and they wanted those visiting to feel comfortable. Frankie is very open to ideas and wants each area to feel unique and detailed, which is a dream for a designer. I would constantly send her images with notes on how to incorporate ideas we liked into her home. We would talk through the specifics, such as “do we need an ice maker here…or refrigerated drawers”. Nailing down the design with what would be most useful was important. Luckily we had a great space to work with and weren’t forced to give up anything. We both had a vision for each space and the home as a whole. Combining those and bringing them to life was very fun! Frankie usually has a broad idea of what she wants, then I come in to work on the logistics and add in the details to pull everything together and create something unique.
Can you distinguish two or three pieces in the house you brought in that have an interesting story? Or maybe talk about one room you did that you are particularly proud of?
Frankie has a great appreciation for art. We didn’t design any spaces based on particular pieces of artwork, but she wouldn’t settle just to have something on the walls. There are two pieces in particular. The Hunt Slonem hanging in the living room was a piece Frankie fell in love with, and we moved around several existing pieces to fit this exactly where we envisioned it living. Also, the Teil Duncan hanging above the bath in the primary bath. The artist is from the same area where Frankie grew up, so the scene is very familiar with the beaches she grew up visiting. We looked at several to find the correct scale and colors to complement the design. I love when a client feels passionate about a piece. It only adds to the love of a room! There are other pieces she found while traveling sprinkled throughout the home.
I am most proud of the primary bath and closet. I had the chance to design my dream closet, which just so happened to be Frankie’s as well! It was a perfectly symmetrical space that allowed us to create an authentic boutique feel. Glass front doors, interior lighting, middle seating area and a sleek black and cream color story. It is a showstopper, and I know Frankie is happy each time she walks in, which makes me very happy. The whole home has been an ideal design job. This client is one of my closest friends, so we have enjoyed the entire process. She trusted me and rarely said no; what more could you ask for!
Anything else you want to talk about that I didn’t touch on?
I’ve been friends with this client for so long, and I’ve watched her style evolve as everyones’ does. I knew this would most likely be her forever home. Details designed and built all custom cabinetry, including the mud room, the guest room kitchen with window seat/shelves, the guest room bath vanity, the kitchen island and china cabinet built-in, new cabinet fronts in the kitchen, the coffee bar, the primary closet and the bathroom vanity. It was exciting to get to make the most of each space!
Details Furniture Gallery & Design
11816 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40243