An Alta Vista home with decades of political significance has been updated to last here in the 21st Century. Lisa Causarano and her husband Keith Morley bought Roseheights, once the home of Louisville civic leader Wilson Wyatt, thinking they would flip and sell it immediately. However, they soon they fell in love with its charms and changed their minds.

The home, built in 1901, was once known as having prominence in American politics, says Causarano. Dignitaries such as President Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman, Adlai Stevenson, and Eleanor Roosevelt were just a few of the guests at the home. 

Causarano and Morley bought the home in 2010. It needed a lot of work. Structurally, there had been no significant changes since 1901, and the décor hadn't been updated since the 1980s when it was a Bellarmine University Show House. Morley's contract team got right to work updating the kitchen, making it functional for modern-day celebrations and renovating the rooms in the three-story mainand carriage houses. With the intent in mind that the house would be sold, the couple painted the walls a neutral blue and gray palate and put new water and electric in. They also stripped and refinished the floors, replastered the walls, replaced all the plumbing, electric and HVAC, completely painted the interior and exterior, downsized the pool area and added a pool house.

"Even though the house hadn't been well maintained, I could see it had great bones and such great character," Morley said. The family of two moved in before Derby 2011 and realized they loved living in the large house they now use for hosting parties and events.

"This house just needed someone to come in and love it … and we were those people," she says, comparing the home to the tree in Shel Silverstein’s classic children's book "The Giving Tree." "It has given us so much. It allowed us to do a lot, to meet a lot of people and it just keeps on giving."


Designer/Furniture: Ron Wolz from Bittner's for many of the finishes and most of the furniture is a blend of great finds from Bittner's and Arhaus and antique shopping.

Builder: Keith Morley, Don Johnson Contracting

Appliances: In the kitchen are Sub-Zero (fridge) and Viking (range). Clawfoot tub in the master is original to the house (replated). Bathroom fixtures are Waterworks.

Art: Most of our artwork has been locally sourced, including a few pieces from Louisville artist Stephen Irwin, who was a good friend and who passed away a few years ago. Some of the photography, especially the equine photography, is from Louisville photographer and good friend Dan Dry.


It's one of the questions those of us on the TOPS staff are most often asked: What is the color of the paint?

1st Floor
Office: Kendall Charcoal walls and exterior door. All other trim dove white.
Dining: (Walls) Gossamer Blue 2123-40; (Below chair rail) White Dove
Ceiling: Sea Foam 2123-60
Living Room: (Walls) Revere Pewter HC-172; (Ceiling): Sail Cloth
Breakfast room: (Walls) Briarwood; (Ceiling) Grey Cashmere 2138-60
Pantry Room: Walls: Misted Green 2138-50
Beadboard Ceiling and trim: White Dove
Kitchen walls: Gray Cashmere 2138-60
Sun Room: Columns, ceiling, and above columns: white dove.
Brick Wall: Manchester tan

2nd Floor
Hall -- Coastal Fog AC-1
Master Bedroom Walls -- Grey Cashmere 2138-60
Master Bedroom Ceiling -- Grey Lake 2138-70
Master Bath Walls -- Grey Cashmere 2138-60
Master Bath Ceiling -- Grey Lake 2138-70
Master Closet Walls -- Sail Cloth
Master Closet Ceiling -- Grey Cashmere 2138-60
Laundry Walls -- Grey Cashmere 2138-60
Right Bedroom Walls -- Standish White HC-32
Right Bedroom Ceiling -- Pale Almond OC-2
Right Bedroom Bathroom -- Guilford HC-116
Right Bedroom Bathroom Ceiling -- Pale Almond OC-2
Left Bedroom -- Revere Pewter HC-172
Left Bedroom Ceiling -- White Sand OC-10
Left Bedroom Bathroom -- Wedgewood Gray HC-146
Left Bedroom Bathroom Ceiling -- Edgecomb Gray HC-173

3rd Floor
GameRoom -- Carrington HC-93
Ceiling -- Lancaster White (flat)
Trim (all trim in the house will be this color) -- White Dove (semi-gloss)
Bedrooms -- Grey Cashmere 2138-60
Bathroom -- Glacier White
Hall -- Coastal Fog AC-1

Windows: Antique White OC-83
Shutters: Black
Doors: Black
Porch Floor: Galveston Gray AC-27
Garage Brick: Tuscany Green 2140-20 and all doors.
Garage Siding: Sussex Green HC-109
Garage Trim Boards: Nantucket Gray HC-111

Posted on 2019-08-02 by