Adding modern amenities to an antique Georgian that began life as a log cabin was the ideal challenge for designer Lee Robinson, a master of contemporized classic decor. Here’s how he added a new chapter to the distinguished history of the home of Scott and Ashley Lankford.
When we last visited Scott and Ashley Lankford in their art-filled Georgian colonial for our July 2017 issue, they were settling back into Louisville after four years of living in Palm Beach. Their chosen home began as a log cabin and was later altered into a shotgun house— until renowned architect Fredrick Morgan transformed it into an elegant Georgian. The couple had moved in and completed some cosmetic updates with the help of interior design guru, Lee Robinson of The Lee W. Robinson Company. But the next task on their, and his, to-do list was to revitalize this diamond in the rough. With his extensive knowledge of older, historic homes, Lee was the right person to implement their vision of a beautifully-pointed master wing that embraced the character the home offered. During our first visit, Lee teased us by revealing their plans of renovating the master suite to include a luxurious bathroom, bar, laundry room, and expansive closets. Now, a little over a year later, we are back to see the stunning results.
Under the guidance of Lee, this home has become a storyteller of both the home’s history and the inhabitants. While phase one was more of a revitalization of the home’s glory, phase two was a customization.
“We wanted to create a serene environment so that at the end of the day, this space can serve as a retreat."
And it does. The hallway leading to the master suite features a sleek bar area complete with a beverage cooler and coffee maker and a conveniently-located laundry room distinguished by patterned tile.
Vaulted ceilings and shiplap walls create powerful visual impact upon entering the master bedroom itself. Plush linens dress the four-poster bed, while family pieces and collectibles easily blend with comfortable, chic décor. Window seats flank the stone fireplace giving the room a cozy feel and leather club chairs reside in front of imposing windows that reveal an expansive deck, also reimagined by Lee. “This renovation really is all about the details,” Lee shares.
Details make the difference in the luxuriously appointed master bath. “With the formulation of the bathroom plans, we wanted to keep it modern, fresh, new, but also historically inspired,” he says. The walls are cloaked in a striking patterned wallcovering from Zoffany. Decorative sconces are anchored on the stylish mirror above the vanity while a freestanding clawfoot tub demands attention.
Splashes of glamour blanket Ashley’s expansive closet. “She loves clothes, so this is the ideal space for her to be able to spend time putting outfits together,” says Lee. “It is just a pretty room to embrace fashion.” Its sophisticated boutique-like setting exudes elegance and museum-like organization. From the island that displays jewelry–brightened by the elaborate chandelier- to the blush colored Schumacher walls, the serene environment is both luxurious and timeless— It’s every element of this renovation— a perfect fit with the character of the home. “This project was a complete overhaul,” says Lee, “but what was wonderful was working with Ashley and Scott who made the process easier because they have wonderful taste and are very deliberate in their decision-making.”