A retired two-star U.S. Navy admiral and his family recently renovated their Hunting Creek transitional home with European flair, including items from their around-the-world travels.
Stacia and Stewart O’Bryan have lived in an open-plan, two-story home with 7-bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and 5,703-square-feet for eight years. Three years ago, they decided to make a change. The couple transformed the kitchen and bathrooms in their Prospect home to accommodate their family of 18, with three married children and 10 grandchildren.
The O’Bryan’s home includes many sentimental items from generations in the U.S. Navy, including a 60-year-old sword belonging to Stewart’s father Mike, given to his son when he was commissioned. The O’Bryan family moved 21 times during Stewart’s 34-year career, living all over the United States and Italy. Their home reflects their travels.
Stewart retired in 2012 as a two-star admiral. He made 10 deployments, was commanding officer of four ships, including a commodore of Desron 22, during Operation Iraqi Freedom and a strike group commander. He was the commissioning commanding officer of the USS Cole DDG67 and had various shore tours, including Standing Joint Forces Command, which participated in helping with Hurricane Katrina.
From their time abroad, the O’Bryans developed a love for Italian coffee and their renovated kitchen by Isaac Contracting and Design and Bramer Contracting is outfitted with appliances from Bonnycastle that includes a coffee machine that makes espresso and cappuccino. The center island countertop is French black walnut on top of black cabinets with frosted glass. The rest of the cabinets were repainted white to contrast with the black granite countertops. The kitchen is decorated with colorful ceramics purchased while in Italy and the decor is from Spain and Ireland. A half bath, painted ruby red, was also renovated. The couple installed a new sink and vanity. Stewart painted the cabinets in the master bathroom black for a new look.
The main areas of the home are a medium gray that flows through the great room, foyer, and kitchen with hardwood floors throughout the main floor, accented with Persian area rugs from Bahrain and Afghanistan. “We love the openness of our main level and the flow of it,” Stacia says. “It is perfect for entertaining.” The family loves to host, especially during the holidays. “We love having our children and grandchildren fill the house with laughter and fun,” Stacia says.
The dining room, a Mediterranean blue, holds a Murano glass chandelier, which was purchased in Venice, Italy. The front foyer has marble flooring with a table from Deruta, Italy, made of volcanic ash, which is hand-painted with an Italian scene and sits on a handmade iron stand near a handmade Italian iron coat tree.
In addition to the many unique pieces the O’Bryans collected while traveling, they also own a secretary and captain’s chest from Karachi, Pakistan, an accent table in the upstairs hallway from Sorrento, Italy, and an onyx chess set and book ends from Afghanistan in the study, which accent a golden-tan paint on the walls. The couple loves art, too. They own a signed and numbered lithograph of Christopher Columbus by Salvador Dali, purchased at an art auction while living in Newport, Rhode Island. Another memorable piece is a Bruvel lithograph of the Astronomer, also purchased in Newport at an auction.
Outside, the deck holds a handmade iron and granite dining table and chairs from Italy. The beautiful landscape also includes flower beds with stones and rock, a dogwood tree, iris plants that grew in Stacia’s grandmother’s yard and Lily of the Valley that Stewart’s parents had growing in their yard. “It is nice to have flowers that have been in our families’ yards for years,” Stacia says.
The couple is excited to finally be in their renovated Prospect property after 34 years of moving with the U.S. Navy. Louisville is home, according to the couple.
Owners: Stacia and Stewart O’Bryan
Neighborhood: Hunting Creek, Prospect
Bed/Bath: 7-bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
Style: Transitional, Open Floor Plan, Two-Story, European Flair
Renovations: Kitchen by Isaac Contracting and Design and Bramer Contacting
Paint Colors: Ruby Red in bathroom; Mediteranean Blue in Dining Room; Golden Tan in Master Bedroom and Study; Medium Gray in main areas