The ‘Art’ Of Homemaking

By ASHLEY ANDERSON
Staff Writer
The Voice-Tribune

Roberta Doyle has a knack for breathing life into even the smallest of spaces. The artist and collector has transformed her beautiful E.T. Hutchings brick cape cod on Ransdell Avenue into a charming, quaint home filled with unique treasures at every corner.

Since moving back to the Ransdell neighborhood in 1995 after living in Laguna Beach, Calif., Roberta and her husband Don introduced intricate art pieces and antiques, from folk art by Denzil Goodpastur to statuettes from travels to Italy and Mexico and Roberta’s own artwork, including oil on canvas and papier-mâché.

“We moved here in ’95, and I like to travel and always bring something home and find a place for it. India was one of my most recent favorite trips,” said Roberta, who’s been collecting art since around the ’80s and served on the board of the Louisville Visual Art Association (LVAA). “I also like to collect Kentucky folk art and Kentucky artists, so I have a very eclectic mix of collectibles, antiques and my own artwork.”

The expansive collection of local and contemporary art is what makes the Doyles’ home a prime location for this year’s 13th annual United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) Home Tour, held Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the tour, you’ll be able to walk through each room of the Doyle’s house – built by Dr. Alice Pickett in 1932 – witnessing incredible masterpieces set to the backdrop of vibrant color schemes and neatly-arranged furniture. “Things just kind of work because I have a certain palette, kind of a color sense, and I like a lot of color,” Roberta said. “It just kind of goes together.”

Inside the Doyles’ orange- and cream-colored living room, you’ll discover a sort of “worldly” theme, with animal figurines, a snake carving by Goodpaster – one of Roberta’s favorite pieces – collages created by Jacque Parsley with recycled material and photos, plus hand-blown glass vases by Roberta’s son Mark Doyle on the bookshelves.

The adjacent sitting room and kitchen emanate a French country feel and feature an operatic scene painted by folk artist Steve Call, next to some of Roberta’s paintings from Michigan, where she occasionally takes week-long art classes. Behind the kitchen table is a giant piece from Mark Anthony Mulligan and a small wooden statue by Carl McKenzie.

The first floor master bedroom, originally a den, is one area of the home the Doyles remodeled about five years ago. When the couple moved into the house in 1995, they also complete an initial remodel and redecorating with the help of Don Allen.

Aside from the exquisite interior of the Doyles’ house, the backyard exudes relaxation and beauty with a full-size kidney-shaped swimming pool and a garden filled with hostas, hydrangea and roses. It’s no wonder the Doyles wanted to return to Ransdell once they left California. “We can’t seem to live anywhere happily other than this street and the Cherokee Triangle,” Roberta said. The stunning sanctuary is the perfect spot for the Doyles to  enjoy each other’s company or that of their children and grandchildren. And, it’s surely a sweet escape for anyone else who should stop by for a visit.

The UCHM Home Tour will be held Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and may be purchased online at www.uchmlouky.org or at A Reader’s Corner, The Wine Rack, Carmichael’s Bookstore, eyedia, Margaret’s Consignment and the UCHM Community Center or UCHM Member Churches. Proceeds go to support community programs at UCHM, including youth, senior and emergency assistance programs. Tour some of the wonderfully-restored homes typical of the neighborhoods represented by UCHM. This year’s tour will feature seven lovely homes. 

Contact writer Ashley Anderson at aanderson@voice-tribune.com, 502.498.2051.

 Photos by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune and JOE EDENS | Kentucky Select Properties