How do you dress up a dazzling downtown apartment with a killer view? Omni Louisville residents Michelle and Neil Taylor invited us into their twenty-eighth floor apartment for a spectacular tour and a fresh vantage point on seasonal décor.
We were on a wait list for three years for the Omni. This was even before the building process had started!
Michelle and Neil Taylor aren’t strangers to downtown living. They spent the last several years living at Whiskey Row Lofts where they enjoyed the proximity to everything the city has to offer. But they were in a need of additional space, so when they became aware of The Residences at Omni Louisville, they were eager to take the leap. “We were on a wait list for three years for the Omni. This was even before the building process had started,” Michelle shared. “Our main home is at Rough River in a rural area. We have family there and our downtown home makes us more centrally located.”
They have only been enjoying their new place since June, but Michelle is quick to share their favorite elements of the space. “We love it all,” she says. “The views from the balcony are spectacular. The kitchen is huge and accommodating when entertaining. We enjoy the second bedroom that is used as a den. Plus, we have amenities like a fitness center and pool.” They brought a lot of their contemporary pieces from their last place, but incorporated new furnishings that complement the new space. With the help of interior designer, Kristine Russell of Kristine Russell Interiors, the apartment has been transformed into a sophisticated yet warm haven. “Kristine decorated our place at Whiskey Row and we loved how it turned out, so it was only natural that we include her in our latest project,” says Michelle. “It was so easy working with her because we had the same vision and taste.”
The beautiful cityscape beyond their floor-to-ceiling windows was a center piece of the design. Kristine implemented a variety of seating areas that capture the incredible views from the windows that frame the living room. Modern leather swivel chairs flank a round cocktail table giving a front row vantage point of the downtown landscape. The buttery, white leather sofa is paired with a glass waterfall coffee table offering another place to unwind. Splashes of cobalt and aqua, silver textures and mirrored surfaces blend well with the skyline. “I wanted the décor to accentuate the view not detract from it, so using light, airy upholstered furniture anchors the space enough without weighing it down,” Kristine shares. She used a similar approach when helping the couple decorate their home for the approaching holiday season, infusing subtle yet sophisticated decorations that don’t take away from the focal point, but add a festive touch to the space.
The living room flows effortlessly into the kitchen. Stylish pendant lights illuminate the breakfast bar. Accent chairs clad in a plush, textured fabric encircle a round table that provides the perfect spot to greet the day. Upholstered bar stools soften the granite counters and can swivel around for another look at the skyline. “We can never tire of the views,” says Michelle. “Between sunrises and sunsets, this has become our oasis. We could not be happier living here.”
Photos by Tim Furlong Jr
Kristine Russell, interior designer, Kristine Russell Interiors
David Mills Upholsterer/Handyman
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