The Setting Is as Spectacular as the French-inspired Home.
Out front, weeping willows form the gallery around a large mouth bass and bluegill-stocked pond with water-jettisoning fountain. To the rear of the home, an in-ground saltwater pool and elevated whirlpool sparkle in the sunlight. Three verandas, one leading from the master suite, another intimate-sized screened porch, and a larger veranda running the length of the kitchen and family room afford views of the pool and the daughter’s playhouse nearby. Deeply cushioned seating, a wood-burning fireplace, slate floor, and exposed timber beams make the latter veranda a favorite destination. “We love hosting parties outdoors,” says Wendy. “Derek is happy to do most of the cooking.” Bordering horse farms, Adena indian earthworks and Elkhorn Creek enhance the buccolic setting.
Though grand on the outside, the interior is warm and family-centric. “Guests are always amazed by the scale when they walk inside,” says Wendy. “Interior designer Shannon Lisk played a big role in translating our desire for an intimate perspective.” Making 6,500 sq. ft. of finished space feel cozy is no sleight of hand. Hand-painted wallpaper used throughout the home gives the walls a wonderful troweled texture. A series of French doors spanning the length of the great room, help unify the room’s living and dining areas. Knotty alder doors from Colorado and wrought-iron light fixtures designed to appear as flickering gas lights are accents evoking Old-World appeal.
The main level includes a spacious foyer leading to a curving staircase, the master suite, offices for Derek and Wendy, great room, kitchen, family room, mudroom, laundry room, and butler’s pantry. Another spiraling staircase in the turret connects the downstairs to the playroom and three bedrooms on the upper level. “My favorite room is the guest room upstairs,” states Wendy. “I love standing on the Juliet balcony and seeing horses grazing on neighboring fields.”