Under designer Lee Robinson’s masterful eye, touches of Old Hollywood sparkle, California casual and New York City chic fuse flawlessly into one stunning, distinctly Louisville showplace.
One of the most recent projects by interior designer Lee Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, of Lee W. Robinson Company, is a three-year masterpiece-in-the-making that is a combination of Lee’s elevated vision blended with the homeowner’s impeccable taste. This sprawling home for empty-nesters is a sprawling marble and stone showplace that encompasses all of their shared passions—including entertaining, family, travel, art.
Robinson was involved in the creation of this modern-day custom castle from the wine cellar up. “The concept of the home was developed around a table where I drew the layout of the home,” says he says. “Then we brought in the architects. The homeowner’s aesthetic leans toward a more California look of relaxed glamour,” says Robinson.
“It allowed me to be very creative.”
Upon entering the foyer, guests are greeted with a statement-making marble and onxy floor that sparkles underneath a crystal cube fixture that’s a contemporary twist on a formal chandelier. Once in the cavernous two-story living room, guests are greeted by a towering fireplace and a wall of palladian French doors topped by beautiful square window that bathe the room in beautiful natural light.
With a sweeping staircase, glass balcony above and palatial pillars, the space could seem cold, but Lee warms it up with a plush gathering spot arranged near the fire. A cozy grouping of Mary McDonald chairs and custom sofas trimmed with Mary McDonald fabric invites conversation. Stylish sconces flank diamond dust prints that reside over the rock crystal framed fireplace. Cole and Son marbelized wallpaper complements the Schumacher drapes hung floor to ceiling from Lucite rods. A chic Celerie Kimball backgammon table pairs well with Mary McDonald accent chairs.
The convivial focal point, however, is the Celerie Kimball bar. Inspired by the glamorous restaurant on the seventh floor of Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, this piece exudes sophistication and the promise of sparkling conversation. A pair of selenite chandeliers – settled in padded suede panels that help absorb the acoustics–gives visual balance to tall ceilings. Says Robinson, “This room can be as casual as one would choose or as formal depending on the gathering.”
It took 15 to 16 months to articulate the concept of the kitchen. Lee designed the striking custom wood cabinets with a sleek, white lacquer finish. A modern stainless-steel library ladder adds an element of surprise and functionality to the space. Accent chairs- embellished with Louis Vuitton leather on the front and a pop of color courtesy of local muralist, Tania Vartan on the back- embraces a Jerry Pair table found in New York City. A pair of matching marble waterfall islands are brightened by industrial glam Tommy Mitchell light fixtures. The ornate oven hood highlights the metallic glass backsplash that ties the room together.
In the nearby dining room, symmetry is again achieved with the unusual design statement of two identical Volier dining tables, arranged side by side. “They can be put together for larger parties or taken apart for more intimate conversations,” says Robinson. Scalamandre silk dresses the windows in the dining room while an ornate Mary McDonald screen resides nearby. Visual Comfort sconces sparkle against the patterned wallcovering. Black mirror insets embedded in the chair rail along with mirrors around the crown molding add a sparkle to the room. A decorative Gabby mirror poses in the center of a larger mirror over the fireplace.
Even though the home is grand in scale, Robinson’s design makes it the perfect example of livable modern luxury. “My goal is was to make it functional and livable,” he says. “That is why you will find a place for everything and each room has a purpose whether it is the theater room, exercise room or the outdoor space with a kitchen. Each room has its own function. As a designer, this is one of those special projects that allwed me to really make the homeowner’s dreams come true.”
LEE’S TOP DÉCOR SOURCES
Lighting: Tommy Mitchell, Visual Comfort, Ralph Lauren
Furnishings: Mary McDonald, Celerie Kimball, Jerry Pair
Wallpaper: Living Room: Cole and Son