Before home tour season hits, we asked local pros to share their insights on one beautiful new build. Their expert perspective will help you view any home– including your own– differently.

One of the best ways to spark decor inspiration is to visit Homearama, the annual home tour that gives visitors a sneak peek into the freshest design and décor thinking from our local talent.

A perfect example is the stunning showplace featured on these pages. Affectionately named “The Farmhouse,” this 3,971 square foot stunner, located in Catalpa Farms, was featured in this past year’s tour. With its spacious front porch and rustic charm, the home has timeless appeal contemporized by cutting-edge features and a sophisticated aesthetic which earned it several awards— including People’s Choice for Best Home and Best Design.

The vision for “The Farmhouse” was presented to Tom Waller, custom home builder of Signature Crafted Homes, by Stephanie Gilezan, a broker with Gilezan Team for EXP Realty. She saw a similar home while on vacation and felt something like it should be built in Louisville. She and Tom partnered to craft this up-to-date farmhouse.

“This house was built with a family in mind, so I had certain things that were important to add,” Tom says. “The first priority was energy efficiency. The entire house has spray foam insulation which creates a 95% energy efficiency. The windows are a big part of that too. In the kitchen, they’re single hung, so the top part doesn’t open which doesn’t allow as much air penetration. There are also four thermostats in the home: one on the main floor, one in the basement, and two on the second floor with one just controlling the temperature in the master bedroom.”


"We used black lights and cabinet pulls but the faucet remained the classic chrome. The gorgeous quartz counters by Cambria are a matte finish with an intricate gray vein. Floating shelves on either side of the hood work well in showing off the brick backsplash."

Karista Hannah, Interior Designer

The second priority was adding unique qualities to the home. “It’s all in the details, small or large,” Tom says. In this house, it’s in the custom woodwork by Scott Riggles. With nine and ten foot ceilings, we created an open and airy component to the floorplan, but we added woodwork that matches the feel and flow of the rooms. I had Scott make custom wood shiplap for the first floor and the master bedroom. In the master bedroom, it highlights the ceiling. You must keep the ceiling height in mind, so all the doors are 8 feet on the first floor. I had custom barn doors made so they create an interesting focal point in the foyer. The whole team wanted a ‘wow’ factor as soon as you entered the home.”

For all of these reasons, the home offers a great opportunity to explore the newest features and trends that you might want to incorporate into your own abode.

To help spot the true take-away elements, we asked several members of the team who completed the home— including Tom, interior designer Karista Hannah of Set the Stage and William Branham of Brecher’s Lighting— to give us a room-by-room tour, pointing out notable features that the rest of us non-experts might not spot. On these pages, their helpful insights.

The laundry room is a place that needed to be functional and accessible for the family. We built cubbies for laundry, toys, and shoes, then added custom barn doors that kept the theme of the house flowing.

Tom Waller, Home Builder

We anchored the laundry room with a very unique pattern (gingham) in black and white. We continued the black/white/gray theme and finished it off with a farmhouse sink accentuated with a chrome faucet.

Karista Hannah, Interior Designer


We provided layers of light with sconces, lamps, chandeliers and recessed lighting. This helps create any mood within the space. Dimming is very important, giving you endless options on the amount of ambiance you can set.

William Branham, Brecher’s Lighting

Layers of pillows in different textures and patterns make it light and fun, but we kept the rest neutral.

Karista Hannah, Interior Designer

Elaborate legs or carvings on neutral woods add interest.

Geometric shapes add drama

We added a long bench under the window and tied in some whimsical pillows. We played up the neutral and added texture.

Karista Hannah, Interior Designer

We opted for a beautiful beaded white-washed chandelier that gives a mixture of rustic charm and feminine elegance. The white shiplap ceiling helps reflect the light and brighten the space.

William Branham, Brecher’s Lighting

Tray ceilings add an extra dimension.

An accent wall plus a tall headboard visually anchors the design concept to the main wall.

Hang draperies taller than the window to make a room appear taller.

Wow! Wasn’t the bed amazing? The wallpaper accent wall added just enough pattern and the carpet had small diamond patterns as well.

Karista Hannah, Interior Designer

The chandelier in the office gives the space an Old World feel. It features pendant cords wrapped around wood beams. The downward facing Edison style bulbs illuminate the desk.

Tom Waller, Home Builder

The focal point in the office is definitely the reclaimed wood map and the unique light fixture. The walls are wrapped in shiplap and the black desk anchors the space. The unique lighting adds just enough ambiance.

Karista Hannah, Interior Designer

Upscale barn doors add class and privacy when needed.

Decor Sources

Insulation: Louisville Spray Foam

Windows: K & I Lumber

Cambria Quartz: Trademark Stone

Flooring: Carpet Specialists

Lighting: Brecher’s Lighting

Paint: Progresso Painters Group

Cabinetry: Century Entertainment & Furnishings

Interior Design: Set the Stage

Builder: Signature Crafted Homes

Posted on 2019-03-04 by Allison Jones | Photos by Tim Furlong Jr.