Tale of Two Spaces

From the back, this lakeside home has the lines of a modern cruise ship. From the front—the welcoming silhouette of a classic farm house. That dichotomy is precisely what makes this house so special—the interesting marriage of traditional and luxe modern. Interestingly, it's also what also defines the personality of the owner—a combination of cutting edge and conventional.

What We Created

As soon as the team of Katherine Elizabeth Designs walked in, they envisioned the great room being the epicenter of this custom home. The whole back wall is composed of soaring 18-foot tall windows and an expansive trilogy of glass plate sliding doors. To create a seamless view to the panoramic lake and sky, two outdoor rail systems were used—glass and cable—that invite the sparkling water, natural light and stars inside.

Katie and her team continued the theme of open concept living through the step-down slate entry that feeds into the contemporary kitchen. Colorful jewel-tone furniture sets the stage in the great room with a live-edge granite countertop on the island and, most dramatic of all, a fireplace better described as an "island of fire."

The team paid particular attention to the fireplace, designing large format 32" by six-foot bands of polished porcelain tile with reflective copper, gray pewter and bright penny tones. Smart hinged doors in starburst bronze surround the opening. The long 24" fire pan is made of shimmery cracked glass - making it sleek, sophisticated, and even sexy as it draws the eye, as well as family and guests, into the heart of the room.

Never afraid of color or pattern, the client and the design team created a vibrant palette of mustard gold, emerald green, butterscotch yellow and bright aqua. This amazing combination of colors is pulled together with an antique Heriz rug, layered with a sisal and faux fur base.

A high/low game table, buttery soft leather game chairs and custom sofa anchor the seating area. The modern acrylic cocktail table is paired with other opposites—an industrial marble and metal adjustable-height accent table and maritime clamshell table.

The custom pedestal dining table is a stand out with its chrome metal accents, tiger wood and an upholstered faux leather top. A flamboyant emerald velvet backed banquette with animal print seat is flanked by chairs in teal and navy. Framed geodes bring another element of nature inside.

The great room is all about scale, details and layers. It's a wonderful combination of modern luxury, tradition, mixed metals, reflective glass and festive colors and patterns. Like its owner, it both welcomes and inspires all who visit.

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