Photos by Tim Furlong, Jr.
Creating the forever home of Christy and Saul Pohn was a labor of love that took three years and a trusted interior designer who could walk them through the hundreds of decisions that went into decorating 8,000 square feet of interior.
When it came time to realize their long-term dream of building and decorating a custom home from scratch, Christy Pohn had a very clear vision of what she wanted and what she didn’t. She knew exactly who could guide her: Donna Outlaw, an interior designer and friend who worked at her favorite décor store, Dwellings. “Christy had been one of our regulars in the store for years and we had helped her with her previous home,” says Donna. “When she and her husband were ready to build, we already had that rapport with one another, so it was a natural fit.”
Their relationship took some of the stress out of the very detailed and lengthy project; Donna worked with the family through a full year of planning and two years of building. “I find such joy in starting a project, getting a visual of what the client is looking for, and then putting the pieces in play,” she says. The stunning end result truly is a dream-come-true for Christy and Saul, their seven-year-old twins and cat, Kizzie.
With the new home, Christy’s style went from a more casual look to a sophisticated, yet comfortable, transitional style that blended well with her antiques. “She wanted their home to be family friendly, so a stylish but functional décor was a must,” says Donna. “I encouraged them to go neutral with their big pieces — upholstery and window treatments — then add color with pillows or other accent pieces. It’s so much easier to change out a pillow that you grow tired of versus that floral fabric on the sofa.” Christy loves the unique floorplan specifically designed to fit their lifestyle. “We wanted to keep clutter to a minimum, have lots of storage and closets and a larger, more functional kitchen,” she says. “Additionally, we wanted a walk-in pantry with an additional refrigerator. We utilized every space we could for cabinets, including hidden ones in the island.”
Both Christy and Donna focused much of their attention on the heart of the big home: the kitchen.
“Kitchens are where the family gathers,” says Donna. “This is the space that I suggest clients splurge on since, aside from the bedroom, it’s where you spend the most time.”
The island makes a statement with its stained dark walnut base, complemented by a light granite countertop and accented by taupe leather chairs. Stainless steel pendant light fixtures are suspended from the tray ceiling — stained in the same dark walnut as the island base–providing a contrast from the white wall cabinetry. “This kitchen/hearth room is definitely the most used room in our home,” says Christy. “I love the way it opens up to the loggia that has phantom screens.”
Aside from the décor, there are an abundance of architectural elements that add the “wow” factor. The triple barrel vault ceiling in the great room and dining room are dramatic focal points, while the stairwell skylight showcases a stunning descending globe chandelier.
The exterior of the home is Indiana Limestone. Christy wanted her home to look timeless: “Early on in the planning, I googled Indiana Limestone houses and fell in the love with the understated elegance. It isn’t too busy, and in a hundred years, it will be as beautiful as it is today.” Because of this carefully-executed combination of functionality and timeless style, the family will be as happy with the home years from now as the day they moved in. “We feel very blessed and realize that a home is not how big and beautiful your house is, but how you live in it… how you love in it,” Christy says. “Family is everything.”
Donna’s TOP 17 Décor Sources
We asked Donna Outlaw of Dwellings to share some of the essential design sources for the Pohn’s stunning home.
Builder: Jeremy McGraw/Provident Homes
Architect: Ben Robbins Architecture
Main floor paint color: Porter Paint Ashen
Main floor trim: Sherwin Williams Snow Bound
Ceiling stain on kitchen ceiling and island base: Dark Walnut
Master Bathroom Walls: Nina Campbell Luxury Designer Wallpaper
Master Bedroom Walls: Porter Paint Stone Gray
Powder Room Walls: Thibaut grasscloth Wallcovering
Daughter’s Room: Porter Paint Silver Dollar and Mountain Laurel
Son’s Bedroom: Porter Paint Flagstone
Façade of the home: Indiana Limestone
Furniture and accessories: all from Dwellings
Cabinets: Chris’s Custom Cabinets/Jeff Hayden
All Trim Work and Moldings: Steve LaFollette
Audio/Visual and Control 4 System: Century Entertainment
Outdoor Custom Railings: Bluegrass Ornamental Iron
Countertops: Eleet Stone