When a frozen disaster turns into a luxurious riverfront getaway home, the Wright family shares their experience. To the rescue, designer Barry Wooley, then created a stylish modern livable space and made a family of friends for life.
I like things that are stylish, but they should also have meaning. The space that we live in should enhance our lives, and the only way for me to create that for someone is to get to know the people for who they really are, as individuals and as a family.
- Barry Wooley
When disaster struck in the form of frozen pipes bursting and flooding their weekend getaway condo, Brent and Jerrica Wright knew just who to lean on— the incomparable designer extraordinaire, Barry Wooley. In fact, he was on the case before they were. "Barry got here first!" Jerrica says with a laugh. The Wrights first encountered Barry years ago when they found online sources that stated that he was at the top of his field. They were looking for someone who could remodel their new Louisville riverfront home away from home, a place where they could stay when they were in town from their native Glasgow with their kids, Drake, Ann Katherine and Brycen. They didn't expect that they were about to make a friend for life. "We're all about living our best life, and that really means that the people in our lives mean a whole lot to us. This is so much more than a professional relationship," says Brent, with sincerity. Jerrica adds more words from the heart; "We love Barry and his husband Jude like family."
“I genuinely care about my clients as people,” Barry says, “And I like things that are stylish, but they should also have meaning. The space that we live in should enhance our lives, and the only way for me to create that for someone is to get to know the people for who they really are, as individuals and as a family.” Fortunately, it’s a labor of love for Mr. Wooley, who turned this negative occurrence around and made it into a positive. “This event happening just meant that we could go in and make things even better!”
With the assistance of Sara Osborne and Deb Arnold, part of Barry's proficient de- sign team, Barry went to work reimagining and then recreating the living space— from the floor up. "We literally had to chip up the severely damaged floor," said Barry. An en- gineered white oak, designed to be eternally durable with a lovely herringbone pattern, now makes up the new flooring throughout the condo. "To punch everything up, we carefully chose impactful lighting for all areas," Says Sara. "We added brushed nickel, spikey sconces by the powder room, drippy chain sconces in the foyer, dramatic black industrial pendant lights over the island, and unique black lamps with nubs that are almost works of art in and of themselves."
"Round two of our renovation with the Wrights was driven by the idea of combining a super sleek and modern kitchen with the well-worn back drop of the white oak flooring. The result gives off the modern glam vibe that the Wrights were hoping for," Sara says. Barry and the Wrights had almost elected to remodel the kitchen the first time around. "I could make the kitchen work well enough through aesthetic, but now with the addition of the maple, high gloss, acrylic look cabinets, we decided to enhance the work space, add more storage, and add better task lighting. We engaged local craftsman RockerBuilt, who built a custom iron hood, which I felt added to the Wrights' art collection. From there, we decided to make the whole condo more gallery like." Sara adds, "The waterfall edge countertops made from Cambria installed by Luxe Surfaces is a minimal but show stopping design element."
For this young family, the main living areas need to be durable for the kids, but not skimp on style. Rugs were chosen that added color and texture but will wear well during the Wrights' many weekend trips to the condo. The Wrights wanted to be able to have movie nights together, so the team incorporated a "chair and a half" that can swivel around and face the tv, or swivel back around and face the sofa seating area. Another space saving feature is the custom floating media cabinet that the Wooley team designed. Keeping this furniture piece off the floor gives the area a more open feeling and hugging the angled line of the wall gives them maximum storage without taking up a lot of room. Oversized chrome hardware adds to the modern glam style of the condo. Custom, sheer window treatments provide a luxurious backdrop to the furnishings, all without obstructing the amazing view from the condo.
Barry and his team designed oldest son's Drake bunker to be tucked away in the office area, where it could exist without taking up any of the narrow space. Ann Katherine and Brycen have de- lightful bunk beds, allowing for the entire space below them to be a lounge and play area.
DESIGNER: Barry Wooley Designs
WINDOW TREATMENTS: Spindletop
CAMBRIA COUNTERTOPS: Luxe Surfaces
KITCHEN CABINETS: Cabinetry by Provines
CUSTOM BUILT-INS: Kevin Skinner
CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY: Mike Payne
CUSTOM RANGE HOOD: Rockerbuilt Studio
ELECTRICAL: John Peer
HARDWOOD FLOORING: Rivercity Flooring
CARPET INSTALL: Nick Milby & Braden Mattingly
WALLPAPER INSTALL: Susan Mckinney
CABINETRY INSTALL: Chris Watkins
It's one of the questions those of us on the TOPS staff are most often asked: What color was the paint?
MAIN AREA: PPG Swirling Smoke
OFFICE: PPG Gray Shadows
BUNKER: PPG Plunge Pool
KIDS' BATH: PPG River Reed
KIDS' BUNK BED ROOM: PPG Spruce White
MASTER BEDROOM: Bejamin Moore Hale Navy
MASTER BATH: PPG Great Gray