Since 1968, Homearama has been the can’t-miss summer outing for anyone looking to build, move, renovate, decorate or dream of doing any of the above. Writer Allison Jones pops into a home in this year’s venue—Poplar Woods—and shares the decor play-by-play.
While there are plenty of activities to keep Louisvillians busy in the summer, one standout is Homearama. Since 1968, the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA) has given Louisville area residents the opportunity to ooh and ahh their way through beautifully built and decorated homes that each reflect the distinct aesthetic of some of the area’s best builders, interior designers, craftspeople, and landscape architects.
This year, Perry Lyons and his partner, Adam Gallagher of P.L. Lyons Architectural Builders, have not one but three spectacular homes on the tour– all with their own distinctive look. Photographer Tim Furlong and I had the pleasure of taking a private tour of one Perry affectionately calls, “Iron Gate.” Among its many unique charms is the fact that its backyard is adjacent to a conservation area. “It will never be developed,” says Perry. “So, we added a wall of windows that invites the natural landscape inside and makes it a wonderful focal point.” If the outside provides the perfect view and park-like setting, the inside only delivers more wow factor. Once you walk inside, you are welcomed by beautiful, European-style craftsmanship in detailed panel and trim work, columns and dramatic ceilings all with a fresh, open floor plan that breathes functionality.
The entire home is built to accommodate easy living and entertaining. Nowhere is that more evident than in the well-appointed kitchen. Perry sees clients choosing more high-end appliances. “It just seems people are building homes that are, well, livable, so they want their kitchen to be a place to gather.” He created a wall of appliances that includes a built-in coffee maker, beverage cooler geared for the kids (to deter them from opening and closing the main refrigerator) and, a steam oven along with an integrated refrigerator that gives the space a unified look.
Bathrooms have similarly smart features. In the master bath, Perry added an electronic shower – no valves needed. Just use your phone to coordinate a time and it will come on at the perfect temperature. Yet, he grounded the space by adding a linen press.
While Perry and Adam created the space, it’s up to the interior designer to bring in the “wow” factor. Julie Redmon of Cherry House Furniture Galleries was the creative genius behind the home’s eye-catching ambiance. The home embodies the transitional style – a marriage of modern and traditional.
“We used a neutral palette that invites the accessories to make the statement,” says Julie. “This allows homeowners to easily change up the look without having to repaint the walls.”
And while white kitchens are all the rage, Julie reminds homeowners to “add some contrast”. For this particular home, the base of the island reflects a darker hue that complements the rest of the room. “You don’t want the island to be invisible, you strive to make it a standout,” she says. Tile, bold accent pieces, and flooring are all used to bring in texture and visual interest. “Adding those elements gives the design its depth.”
When tackling the lower level, Julie found a challenge when met with a narrow space beyond the open theater. “Actually, it ended up being the ideal spot to put in a game room.” Televisions line the walls and are easily viewed from three modern game chairs. The televisions throughout the lower level can be synchronized to have the same game, movie, or whatever is in demand. With its full kitchen and stylish bedroom, Perry reflected on the lower level’s value. “We design this so it can serve as a separate living space for a family member or a place for guests to stay which allows everyone to have some privacy.” It’s just another example of a beautiful home designed for beautiful living.
Julie Redmon’s TOP 6
Allison asked designer Julie Redmon and P.L. Lyons where they shopped when they decorated Iron Gate.
Carpet Specialists for the hardwood floors, carpet, and tile work
Draped in Style for window treatments
Trademark Universal Stone for the granite
Ennis Tile for tile
Century Entertainment & Furnishings for cabinetry, appliances and all electronics
Cherry House Furniture Galleries for all furniture and accessories