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14 Antiques

The Sideboard: An Enduring Furniture Legacy

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Inspired Illumination

18 Landscapes


Outdoor Spaces

21 Garden

The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky

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34 A Touch of New England 42 Colorful Character 50 True Blue Kentucky Home 63 Discovering Kentucky


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The Sideboard: An

Enduring Furniture




1 Late 17th or early 18th century mahogany sideboard with bowed corners, cellarette drawer on right, cabinet drawer on left, and ebonized beading. Ca. 1795-1805. 2 19th century English mahogany bowfront sideboard having a crossbanded top above three cockbeaded drawers and a fitted drawer; sitting on spade feet.



In terms of popularity, one of the most enduring categories of antique furniture is the sideboard. Functional in design and utilitarian in purpose, sideboards were originally intended for use in the dining room; but today, sideboards are even seen in hallways and living areas. The origin of sideboards dates to the mid eighteenth century. Prior to the development of the sideboard, cellarets were used for storage of wine, while utensils and serving ware were displayed on more simple serving tables. Around 1760, Robert Adam came up with the idea of adding storage compartments to either end of the serving table. Later, Thomas Chippendale took this idea a step further, by actually adding the storage cupboards to the table as one piece of furniture and the sideboard was born. Soon other designers would make their own interpretation of Chippendale’s sideboard design. Built-in cellaret drawers became popular, as well as storage drawers for sterling cutlery, glasses, china, and yes, even a china potty.


Shockingly, the use of the potty in 18th century dining rooms was common. Guests who did not want the make the trip to the often outdoor toilet facilities would simply take the chamber pot to a discreet location, perhaps behind a screen, and use it for its intended purpose. It is hard to imagine, but this practice was apparently commonplace at large, fancy dinner parties; not only among the gentleman, but the ladies as well! Sideboards are sometimes referred to as “buffets,” since the French word buffet literally translates as “sideboard.” Another term for smaller sideboards, particularly popular in the American South is “Brandy Board.” In England, Brandy Boards are usually referred to simply as “server” or “serving board.” Sideboards today are a favorite of interior designers. The classic style of the eighteenth and nineteenth century sideboards incorporate with many design schemes—from the classic to contemporary. These sideboards, and their later reproductions, appear in all the classical styles from Chippendale to Hepplewhite, Sheraton, Georgian and Federal. The Victorian era sideboards were more ornate, substantial, and often went all the way to the floor with no legs. Generally, Victorian sideboards accommodated a larger amount of storage. The upper crust Victorians, and even the burgeoning middle class whose fortune was bolstered by the Industrial Revolution, had more possessions than any ever before and sideboards had to be modified to provide room for the various utensils popular at this time. During the late 19th and continuing into the 20th century, sideboards began to appear in Chinese and other Asian designs, characterized by simple square lines. Examples of sideboards were also produced in the Arts and Crafts and Art Deco movements of the 1920’s, and sideboards of Modern design were produced during the 1950’s and 1960’s.

4 3 Early 20th century adaptation of a Hepplewhite server or “Brandy Board.” English, ca. 1924. 4 Monumental George III mahogany sideboard with satinwood inlay, cellarette drawers on either side, and brass gallery. English, Signed Benj Newton Larjoy Enoquoe, 1793. Jerry Shrout is the proprietor of Thoroughbred Antique Gallery in Lexington. He can be reached at 859-233-9375 or



1 Custom designed for this stately home, the Outdoor Lighting Perspectives design plan includes an energy-efficient combination of wall wash lighting and up lighting. The wall wash lighting bathes the home exterior with soft washes of outdoor light and accentuates the texture of the wall surfaces. The up lighting illuminates the architectural highlights of the home as well as the landscape. Photo provided by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives.


InspiredIllumination BY CHRISTINA NOLL The right outdoor lighting helps showcase the best of your home after dark.

Many homeowners take pride in creating an outdoor landscape that is both beautiful and functional, however if the outside of your home is shrouded in darkness after the sun goes down, it’s time to invest in outdoor lighting. Outdoor lighting is not only important because it provides security and safety, but it also enhances your property and provides curb appeal after dark. Homeowners can invest lots of time, money and energy to their outdoor living spaces and landscapes, but if they are unable to view or enjoy their work at night, it can be frustrating. “Outdoor lighting provides the ability to view these elements not only from the outside but if done properly, the inside as well,” explains Kyle Adamson, owner and outdoor lighting designer at Red Oak Design in Lexington.


“Lighting adds a dramatic nighttime aesthetic appeal and when done professionally, the lighting itself is subliminal but the effect is incredible,” says Brook Tafel, owner and general manager of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives in Louisville. “When it’s done right, people will not usually comment on the lighting itself, but will say ‘I like the landscaping or I like the architecture’ and that’s what you want.” Along with visual appeal, outdoor lighting adds tremendous value to a home in terms of increased nighttime curb appeal, personal enjoyment by the homeowners and of course, resale value. The added security and safety are also big benefits.

“Lighting helps people feel more secure,” says Adamson. “You do not have to blast an area with harsh floodlights that resemble a prison yard to achieve the feeling of security. Using a subtle wash of light in secondary areas, highlighting elements of the property and home while eliminating dark areas provide the desired effect.” In addition, outdoor living areas, including those with steps, water features and seating walls, should be illuminated to provide safe passage through the property. “No one wants aunt Edna falling in the koi pond,” jokes Adamson.

Tafel says the biggest rule of lighting is to provide indirect illumination and avoid glare. He recommends using lighting design professional to ensure the best results. “Most people don’t recognize the value of a lighting company until they’ve made mistakes in prior lighting decisions,” he says. “Having a company who specializes in professional lighting design makes a huge difference in your investment in lighting.”


Helping customers make informed lighting decisions includes choosing the type of lighting that is best for the particular home. Adamson recommends LED outdoor lighting, which is more energy efficient, compared to traditional outdoor lighting and has a greater life span. “Lighting on the outside of the house should be chosen the same way lighting on the inside of the house is chosen,” explains Tafel. “People have different likes and dislikes, so when we meet with people we spend time at the beginning discussing what they want to achieve with the lighting. We work to offer 100% satisfaction to get the lighting that is right for them.” Adamson calls on his knowledge, obtained from a degree in Landscape Architecture, to help design around seasonal changes. “You have to design and explain, for example, how highlighting a specimen Japanese maple will look with the beautiful foliage in the summer and show off the branching structure in the winter.” His involvement with the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals provides information on the latest technology as well as design ideas from outdoor lighting professionals throughout North America.


Both Adamson and Tafel agree that homeowners should look for an experienced lighting design professional. “So many homeowners know what they don’t want, but they don’t know how to describe what they do want. That’s where we come in,” says Tafel. “We take the same homes that are beautiful during the daytime, with the architectural details and the landscaping, and translate them into great nighttime scenes that homeowners can enjoy.” “To see the potential of a property that is not being enjoyed at night and then see the final result that is utilized by family and friends of a happy client, that is what drives Red Oak Design and why I love what I do,” says Adamson.

2 By focusing light on just a few items, this picture shows how you can turn an area into a place of solitude while still showing the tree line to make the most out of this attractive outdoor space. Photo provided by Red Oak Design.

3 This tree line is brought to life with up lighting that focuses on the mature trees, while still maintaining the rustic serenity of the location. Photo provided by Red Oak Design.

4 4 This area comes alive at night with a perimeter of balanced lighting and illuminated pathway. Photo provided by Red Oak Design.



OutdoorSpaces BY BILL HENKEL

If you value outdoor spaces, your porch, patio, or terrace should be a real asset to the time you spend at your home. They should beckon you to come outside and sit down. There are a number of elements that contribute to the function and visual allure of these outdoor areas and the yard or gardens beyond them. Some of these elements may be: 1. A feeling of safety which could be achieved by creating some sense of enclosure to your property or, at the very least, a backdrop for the outdoor living spaces. 2. Protection from the weather including a roof overhead or at least some shade protection from the sun.


3. A view of the garden with lots of visual interest. 4. Quiet surroundings to create a barrier from the constant barrage of daily noise such as car horns, weed eaters, construction equipment, air conditioning units, and neighbors. 5. Privacy so as to feel free to nap or sunbathe. 6. A physical connection to your home’s interior spaces to create a connective flow. 7. The proper volume of space to accommodate user needs, whether that be seating arrangements, dining space or a napping area. 8. A comfortable chair, bench or other seating options. 9. A physical connection to the earth. If the gardens around your porch are bursting with color, texture, and life then you will be drawn to touch, feel, smell, and perhaps pick to bring the outdoors inside.

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10. The visual attraction of your porch or patio has to be undeniable and demanding of one’s attention. It’s elevation in relationship to the surroundings is critical. Seldom do sunken gardens succeed; the need to see out and over, plus feel safe, is essential.

Creating great outdoor spaces that are of high function and quality can be both entertaining and challenging. More and more, these outdoor retreats are some of the most valued square footage to the home. Without these areas, a home has no connection with the outside world and often feels incomplete.


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State Botanical Garden of Kentucky BY KIRSTEN E. SILVEN PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICK PHILLIPS 1 This touching memorial was designed by Douwe Blumberg in remembrance of Flight 5191, which tragically crashed while attempting to take off from Blue Grass Airport in 2006, killing all 47 passengers and two of the three crew members, leaving the flight’s first officer as the only survivor. Crafted from stainless steel on a base of black granite, the monument boasts 49 birds to represent those who lost their lives in the tragedy, and is positioned near The Arboretum’s rose collection with the home demonstration garden in the background.

Created in 1986 as a joint partnership between the University of Kentucky and the LexingtonFayette County Urban Government, The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, serves as a resource and activity center for locals and visitors from around the world. With 100 acres of year-round color and plantings, the grounds offer an idyllic natural environment with year-round activities for the entire family.

“We strive to recreate the landscapes associated with the physiographic regions of the Commonwealth in the Walk Across Kentucky, and grow, from seed or cuttings, the plants found in those areas,” shared Molly Davis, ASLA, and director of The Arboretum. “We also offer a number of ornamental and display areas, including a rose garden, wooded areas, a fragrance garden, herb and vegetable plots, the Kentucky Children’s Garden and the Walk Across Kentucky Collection.”

The Walk Across Kentucky is a two-mile paved pathway that traverses The Arboretum grounds, showcasing the seven different physiographic regions of Kentucky along the way. As one of the organization’s ongoing projects, the Walk currently features canopy trees and a native understory for each of the regions, along with a native prairie. Native plant and animal species are outlined on large informational signs that have been installed along the route, making it a fun and easy way to learn about Kentucky’s natural landscape.






A University of Kentucky fundraising initiative is currently underway to improve and expand the existing Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, with plans to create a better connection between The Arboretum’s interior and exterior spaces. In addition, a new woodland shade garden is in the works for spring of 2015, while the new Third Thursday WAKY Walks began this summer and feature a free monthly educational tour of different sections of the Walk Across Kentucky, guided by Todd Rounsaville, who serves as Curator of Native Plants. With an ever-changing list of attractions, The Arboretum serves many functions and provides an ever-changing show of colors, sights and sounds regardless of the season. Although general admission is free, donations are accepted and remain a crucial part of the organization’s continued success and growth. The gardens are open from dawn to dusk every day except during UK home games and the annual Gala in the Garden. For more information, call 859-257-6955 or visit




8 2 Situated in the City Garden portion of The Arboretum’s extensive home demonstration garden, this fountain and original sculpture by Michael Maxson was a gift from the Donovan Memorial Foundation. Pavers form a pathway through the beds surrounding the fountain, and are planted here with Frantz Fontaine columnar hornbeam, a Japanese Cornel dogwood that blooms with tiny yellow flowers each spring, blue fescue, pink Gerber daisies, Spiny Bear’s Breeches, Lamb’s Ear, hellebores and boxwood hedges. 3 Petunias from the All-America Selections trial group fill this space with brilliant shades of red and although they have not yet been named, are likely to one day show up for sale on nursery shelves. Petunias of the Tidalwave Cherry and Rambling Red varieties are also visible here. 4 A cheerful group of Shasta daisies in the Becky variety adorn this bed in the home demonstration garden, demonstrating their ability to remain proudly upright without the help of stakes. Feather reed grass is visible to the right here, lending a vertical element to the space, while Lord Baltimore hearty hibiscus are just visible on the left.

9 5 Even the pathway from the parking lot leading to the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center at The Arboretum is beautifully adorned with colorful plantings that change with each season. Here, we have a base of blue floss flower followed by Premium Pinto white to rose geraniums that surround Mexican petunia, with Japanese striped corn in the center. 6 This path winds through The Arboretum’s home demonstration garden, which allows visitors to see firsthand how a variety of different plants behave and react to the local climate. This bed features a variety of options from Ball Seed that are new to market, including Rio Grande purslane in vivid hues of pink, yellow, white and orange, canna grown from seed instead of bulbs, with cananova cannas in yellow, red and rose. Other plantings here include roses in yellow gold, Enduro Lavender verbena, Russian Silver sage and feather reed grass. 7 Vibrant beds brimming with colors and textures are found along the 200foot walkway between the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center and home demonstration garden, pictured here with a veritable rainbow of different plantings, including Pizazz Red Flair purslane,

Wasabi coleus, Blue Evolution salvia, pink Spreading Corona SunPatiens and ornamental Jester millet. 8 This stunning view of The Arboretum’s nationally-renowned daylily collection shows its organic, non-conformist structure, set against a backdrop of the facility’s shrub collection beyond. Daylily cultivars pictured here include Lemon Madeline, Reason for Treason, Redneck Red, God Save the Queen and Age of Opulence. Other plantings visible here include The Blues variety of little bluestem grass, Weihenstephaner Gold sedum, Carolina lupine and Little Leaf Blue Star juniper. 9 A pergola adorned with a collection of vines including Chinese wisteria provides a shady place to stop and rest on the memorial bench, which is set against a striking stone wall backdrop. Flash Mob Pink Sensational, Suncatcher Plum Blast and Suncatcher Blue Blast petunias line the walkway, providing a colorful base for the American Holly hedge. A bird’s nest fern, Survivor dark red geraniums, a Royal Burgundy Japanese barberry and white ash are also pictured here.


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Although the powder room may be one of the smallest rooms, it is also likely to see more traffic than other areas of a home, especially while entertaining. This has prompted a trend toward incorporating a wide variety of fun, funky—even daring— designs, which is pushing modern powder rooms to a whole new level. “Powder rooms present an excellent opportunity to do a variety of unique designs that serve as functional art,” shared Brent Richards, AIA Architect and owner, Architectural Kitchens & Baths. “And people are really taking advantage of it.” Even if a powder room incorporates several striking elements to elicit a “wow” factor upon entry, it’s generally a good idea to begin customizing the design by taking the look and feel of the home’s existing interior spaces into consideration. Whether your home is traditional, contemporary, or anywhere in between, the powder room offers a chance to expand upon the theme, taking the style a bit farther by upping the glamour and going for a bit more pizzazz. “Today’s powder rooms often have as much detail and thought put into the design as other, larger areas of the home,” shared interior designer Kim Goidel of Ethan Allen’s Lexington Design Center. “Everything has become a piece of art.” Trending design ideas for powder rooms include incorporating a variety of different finishes to create added contrast and heightened visual interest. This can involve blending more subtle touches, such as a barrel ceiling, custom sconces or a decorative chandelier, but it can also include more spirited options, such as vividly patterned or textured wallpaper, exotic stone, metal accents and sparkling glass tile. “Powder rooms are one place where you can express your style to guests, who may visit the powder room, but may not view other private areas of your home,” shared Lillian Vega of SuCasa. “Wow them with beautiful finishes, such as stone, tile, glass, wood, wall coverings and paint, or repurpose interesting furniture for the vanity.”


Since powder rooms are typically small areas, there is less square footage to work with, making it easier to splurge and show an individual sense of style without breaking the bank. Other notable trends include the use of bejeweled items, textured metal sinks, accent walls that incorporate floor-to-ceiling colors, shapes, textures or patterns, and using the same stone on tile and counter surfaces. “We have seen a trend toward blending formal and informal looks, shared Kim Harbison of Mees Tile & Marble. “For example, mixing slate-look tiles with glass tile accents, or polished porcelain with pebbles. Other trending powder room designs include stacking 12” x 24” tiles to achieve a fabulous contemporary look, incorporating a vibrant accent wall of mosaic tiles and using rectangular tiles with a rectified edge to get a very small grout joint.” The term “powder room” actually dates back to the early 18th century, when it was used to refer to a small room where wigs were powdered. The expression was also used during Victorian times, when any reference to personal bodily functions was considered indelicate at best. In today’s competitive real estate market, powder rooms remain an essential part of any home’s design and the many new styles and fixtures offer limitless options to explore, including custom cabinets and vanities, pedestal sinks and elaborate wall coverings. “It’s permissible to break some rules in the powder room to show your design personality,” shared Dawn Davis, showroom manager for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. “We’ve also seen a trend toward decorative painted mirrors, and mirrors that reach all the way to the ceiling, which helps smaller spaces feel more expansive.” Although powder rooms may bear little resemblance to the small, unadorned spaces of yesteryear, they still serve a vital function in the home and provide countless opportunities to express one’s very own personal sense of style.

1 Mixing modern design with Hollywood glamour, Michael Habachy’s signature style blends seamlessly here with timeless modern design in this commanding space. The pair of lamps are designed by Jaime Hayon and manufactured by Metalarte, while the Venetian mirror is by Venetian Gems and the vanity is custom designed by Habachy Designs. The wallpaper is from Abacadazzle by Maya Romanoff, while the faucet is from the Mem Collection by Dornbacht. Photo courtesy of Habachy Designs.



3 2 Nestled into a gracefully arched nook adorned with striking mother of pearl wallpaper at the niche back, this vanity has a variety of elegant touches, including a gold vessel sink and eclectic cabinet in a beautifully aged black and gold finish. Wall sconces create a sense of symmetry and bring an organic touch to the space. Design by Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction. 3 Interior designer Julie Hallmark custom designed this vanity, which was built by Cooperate Cabinet to complement the space. Wall tiles from Oceanside Glasstile, a Glacier Onyx countertop from Cactus Tile and Stone and a custom honey-hued onyx sink lend additional special touches, while Jerusalem gold limestone flooring and Corbett lighting complete the look. Design by Hallmark Interior Design. Photo by Dino Tonn Photography. 4 Wide, honey-hued wood plank floors are beautifully reflected in the mirrored doors of this custom-built cabinet, while the woven Graphite on Hemp wall covering by Phillip Jeffries, hammered metal sink and stone leathered marble countertop add texture to this powder room’s design. The elegant wall sconces are from Visual Comfort, with custom shades by Blanche P. Field of Boston, and the mirror is antique. Design by Emily Pinney of Pinney Designs. Photography by Ben Gebo.




5 Old world elegance abounds in this classic powder room, designed by Robin Gillespie of Architectural Kitchens and Baths, which features cabinetry crafted from a Shiloh furniture piece finished in an espresso stain. Design by Architectural Kitchens and Baths. Photography by Missy Clifton. 6 This charming space was carved from the existing floor plan and is located on the top floor of a historic Victorian home. A stunning Piano Vanity by Porcelanosa boasts a large vertical mirror and high gloss black finish, while Chester White wall tile by Bisazza Mosaico shimmers in the sunlight, which a new skylight allows to flood the room. Carrara marble flooring, Josephine mini wall sconces by Metalarte and hardware by Gessi completes the look. Designed by Paige Loczi; project managed by Catrina Cooper; LOCZIdesign. 7 This space calls attention to very simple lines and textures that are executed in materials that are warm but never heavy, which complements the home’s overall Zen vibe. Golden onyx is backlit by LED panels, turning the natural materials into a true work of art and bringing excitement to the space while remaining true to the overall aesthetic. Design by IMI Design Studio. Photo by Dino Tonn Photography.


8 This striking powder room highlights an ethereal vanity crafted from Ice Stone, a man-made material crafted from a mixture of recycled glass, cement and pigment to create a sustainable and highly durable surface. The counter and mirror are backlit with LED lights, while the classic wall covering is done in a vibrantly hued red and gold classic floral pattern. Photo courtesy of Carlson Homes Scottsdale. 9 This powder room features a walnut pedestal sink and mirror that is uniquely offset by a dramatic vertical honed slab of topaz granite. Walls adorned with paper and horizontal wood trim complete the space. Design by IMI Design Studio. Photo by Dino Tonn Photography. 10 A vibrant red vanity by Waterworks is set against charcoal and white graphic patterned wallpaper, creating an op-art appearance. The Venetian mirror and Asian antique work to lend this powder room a classic, tailored look. Design by Andrea Schumacher Interiors. Photography by Emily Minton Redfield.


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Known in many circles for the high-end furniture he designs and builds, Lynn Sweet’s latest artistic venture is creating frescoes. The fresco technique dates back to the second century B.C., when limestone was often an artist’s canvas. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is a famous fresco. “The color is in the plaster, not on it,” Sweet said. In a fresco, colors are absorbed into the surface to make a durable image. Sweet starts his projects with a panel, instead of a wet lime plaster surface. He cuts reclaimed wood into strips to make a frame, and glues a piece of birch plywood on top. This panel becomes a stable surface for his art. “I’ll make 50 or 100 at a time,” he said. “Then I start putting my fresco on. I’m using wet pigments and oxides that they used 500 years ago and before.” 1 Horizontal lines represent the landscape, a common theme in Lynn Sweet’s work. One of his larger pieces, this abstract is 55” x 42” and was made in 2010. He gave it the same title as the Joni Mitchell song that inspired it: “Paprika Plains.”


2 Working off a photograph of a budding tree in springtime, the artist created this fresco called “Old Richmond Road.” It will be on display at a New Editions Gallery show in Lexington this fall.

3 The artist with some of his work. Photo by David Jackson. See more of artist Lynn Sweet’s works at


He mixes these pigments with marble dust and acrylic artist medium, to make a plaster of one particular color at a time. Working on up to a dozen panels at once, he lays down a plaster of green, for example, on each one, then a plaster of red, to economize on effort and time. Even then, each fresco takes 50 to 100 hours to complete. “I’m putting it down very much the same way a woodblock printer is doing, line by line,” he said. “I do refer to this as fresco because the pigment is in the plaster, not on it.” He doesn’t use a paint brush at all, but a grout bag, similar to the piping bag used by a cake decorator. “It is more like masonry than painting,” he said.



Born in Michigan, Sweet has called Central Kentucky home since he was 11 years old, from living in Wilmore to graduating from Woodford County High School, then working in Frankfort and now living in Lexington. He has a painting studio in his basement, which has natural light from windows all the way around. He has always been artistic and has been painting pretty seriously for the last couple of decades. “It keeps me busy and out of trouble,” he said with a laugh. In his 20s, Sweet was a museum technician for the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. Since 1982 he has been an art studio facility supervisor in the School of Art and Visual Studies at UK. “I assist in the safe use of woodworking equipment,” he said. He also teaches a class in woodwork joinery every semester. At first, Sweet’s frescoes were abstracts. In the past three or four years he has been making representational images, particularly of landscapes. On Sundays he and a couple of friends ride their motorcycles out in the countryside. “We’re basically ridge-top riding,” he said. “I refer to it as the great green slalom of Central Kentucky.” As the elevation changes on these secondary roads, landscapes are visible from 40 to 50 miles away. Many of his frescoes are representational images of Kentucky agricultural landscapes. ”I’m much happier doing representational work than the abstract that I was doing,” Sweet said. “I’m reflecting on my encounter with the world and my desire to imitate it.” 4 This 20” x 20” fresco is “Rural Route 227,” between Stamping Ground and Owenton. It gave the artist the opportunity to use purple in a painting and is one of his favorite pieces. 5 Between Owenton and Williamstown is “Route 22” in real life and in the title of this recent fresco. The agricultural landscape could be tobacco or a corn field or whatever stubble of a crop the viewer would like to imagine.


6 Titled “Parasol Pines,” this 24” x 38” fresco is a representation of a tree-lined road in Italy. The artist created it from a photo taken by friends who were on their honeymoon near Tuscany in 2012.


8 7 In 2011 the artist painted 5 panels for a lobby in UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A. This 26” x 42” painting is titled “A Hundred Dark and Lovely Years,” a line from “Heartwood,” a book by Nikky Finney. He got her permission to use it, along with phrases he used in the other panels by Wendell Berry, Silas House, Ed McClanahan and Richard Taylor.

9 8 This 30” x 38” vineyard in Italy was based on a photograph of a landscape viewed on a train between Florence and Rome. The artist then made a fresco from the photo and titled it “Tuscan Wine Country.”

9 “Plumeria” is a beautiful flower in sight and scent. This 18” x 18” piece is one of 25 frescoes and paintings the artist will have in a show at New Editions Gallery beginning Sept. 19.


A Touch N of ew England In the Indian Hills area of Louisville, this New England-inspired home is a cozy retreat for a busy family. BY KATHIE STAMPS PHOTOGRAPHY BY WALT ROYCRAFT

1 The exterior of this Louisville house features painted brick, cement siding and Hardie board siding. During a 2007 whole-house remodel, a new porch was added, complete with Chippendale railing. The Cape Cod-inspired shingles contribute to a New England feel of the faรงade.

2 The entry is accented with mirrored pendant lighting, a Nina Campbell wallpaper with a subtle metallic in the damask design, and painted panels on the ceiling. A custom wet bar was built in the hallway out of aged oak; it has a glass countertop and copper on the ceiling. 3 One of the first design decisions made in the dining room was the chandelier from Niermann Weeks. The dining table has a timeless mahogany top and a painted base of pale blue with gilded accents. Sunbrella fabric on the chairs looks like a silk but is actually a stain-resistant acrylic. The draperies are silk, from Donghia, an Italian design house.





he homeowners of this Louisville house, who wish to be anonymous, purchased the property in 2007 when they moved to Kentucky from New York, and gutted much of the interior. They wanted a house with character, in an established neighborhood with lots of trees, and spent just over a year on a whole-house remodel. They are extremely pleased with the result and enjoy living here with their three young children. “My husband says we’re never, ever leaving this house,” the homeowner said. “I pretty much did everything I wanted to do.”

occasional chair in the foyer. The entry hallway leads to the dining room on the left; to the right of the front door is a wet bar, a private guest suite, a staircase leading to the bedrooms upstairs, and a short flight of steps that go to the living room, kitchen and sunroom.

With 4,000 square feet plus a finished basement, there are six bedrooms and seven bathrooms in the house. Striking architectural details and soothing colors are the name of the game inside and out. During the renovation, some areas of the interior were taken down to the studs and walls were rearranged. The back of the house was bumped out for a twostory addition of a sunroom and breakfast room on the main floor, and master suite on the second.

Soothing pastels are the central décor of the home, for wall color choices and furnishings. This palette was inspired by a single piece of artwork, one of a half-dozen the homeowners have collected from Roger Muhl (1929-2008), a French painter known for his watercolors and oil paintings of landscapes.

Interior designer Ron Wolz of Bittners started early with the project, working with the homeowners, the architect and builder to maintain the integrity of the house. It had good bones, but needed updating. “I wanted the house to feel light and bright, and like it had been there a while,” Wolz said. In the entryway, for example, he suggested paneling the ceilings and painting them white. The space is kept open and uncluttered, with just a small chest and

“One of the goals was to give them a room to entertain,” Wolz said of the dining room. “The table can hold up to 12 people for a holiday, or a smaller group of eight.”

“We really based the house around one painting,” the homeowner said. She hung the painting over the fireplace in the living room. The living room, family room and sunroom form a triangle, of sorts, in the back of the house. The sunroom connects to the back patio and a very large back yard, which was completely overgrown when the couple bought the property. During the renovation, they had a retaining wall and limestone terrace put in, along with beautiful landscaping to make a livable space for the kids and for backyard entertaining. “It is a very private lot,” Wolz said. “No window treatments were necessary in the sunroom.”


4 The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is light and open, and exactly what the homeowner wanted, down to the subway tile on the backsplash. “We pretty much spend most of our time in the kitchen and the attached family room,” she said. “The kids do their homework there and their artwork there. It is definitely the most used room of the house.”

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With a crisp, fresh feel throughout, the entire house is perfectly suited for this family of five. “I love it and our family loves it,” the homeowner said. “I’m going to live in this house until I’m old and gray.”


“I’m going to live in this house until I’m old and gray.” -homeowner

4 Shaker panel doors and brushed silver hardware contribute to the clean style of the kitchen, which was completely redone in 2007. It is still going to look great 20 years from now because nothing is super trendy, but rather beautiful and practical. This winning combination is evident in the kitchen’s granite countertops, stainless appliances, hardwood flooring and polished nickel pendant lighting.

5 The keeping room is the family space off the kitchen and was designed with children in mind. The lounge chairs are leather, for durability. The Sunbrella fabric on the sofa and window seat is child-friendly. Master craftsmen at Bittners in Louisville fashioned the builtin window seat and square breakfast table, which has castors to make easy work of sweeping underneath.

6 The painting above the fireplace by artist Roger Muhl inspired the décor of this home. The soft colors often associated with the Hamptons—blues, beiges and white—provide a contemporary sophistication to the living room. The sisal rug from Stark is both casual and elegant as it rests on hardwood flooring that has a dark walnut finish, contrasting nicely against the lighter colors in the room. The cocktail table is from William Switzer; the sofa is Donghia.




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House Credits:

ARCHITECT Tim Winters BUILDER Rick Buttorff, The Buttorff Company INTERIOR DESIGN Ron Wolz, Bittners LANDSCAPING Jeff Skelton, Franke Otte Landscape & Design Group

7 Reinforcing the color palette established in the living room, the sunroom has layers of pale grays, blues and greens in the furnishings. A striped wool rug adds casual elegance to this multipurpose space, while the cocktail table can serve double duty as an ottoman. The hardwood floors were painted white to reflect the light; ceiling panels were painted a subtle blue, bringing the color of the sky into the room.

8 Italian linens, a tufted leather chair from Hickory, chairs by the fireplace, classic linen curtains on modern rods— these are some of the creature comforts of the master bedroom. The soft blue wall covering has a bit of metallic in the paper and was handmade by Cannon/Bullock in Washington state. This wallpaper was installed in a running bond pattern to mimic the look of a stone wall. 9 The master bath has plenty of room

for two busy adults getting ready in the morning. The black-and-white basketweave design of the marble floor is both classic and youthful. Contemporary glass tile on the back wall of the shower adds a touch of whimsy, while the white panels of the cabinetry are timeless.


1 The dappled front courtyard of this eclectic Anchorage-area home gives the viewer a glimpse of the its many different rooflines and whimsical design, which was created by Norman Sweet, who was an avid fan of Frank Lloyd Wright. Muted tones of dusty turquoise and subtle eggplant create a tranquil vibe, while the frog pond adds visual interest and the surrounding stonescape prevents water from pooling around the home’s cedar base.






hen Candace Welch set out to visit a friend in Anchorage one afternoon five years ago, she never imagined that the trip would cause her to fall in love with and eventually purchase this home, which was listed for sale at the time and is located in the same neighborhood. “My friend was running late when I saw the house and fell in love,” shared Welch. “I’m a person that sees nothing but possibilities.” Almost before she realized what had happened, Welch found herself to be the proud owner of the property. The house required some updating but was already infused with plenty of character and immersed in the beauty of nature, making it fun to set about turning the house into a beloved place to call home. Although other buyers who were looking at the property had mentioned tearing it down, Welch had a vision for the home that involved turning it into something very special.

Originally designed by architect Norman Sweet, Welch began by sketching a quarter-inch scale drawing of how she envisioned the home to look after the renovations were complete, which architect Jim Peterson and builder Ron Wolford subsequently turned into a reality. Now at 4,179 square feet, the home boasts a 770-square-foot addition that involved turning the back porch and carport areas into a large modern space that includes the kitchen, pantry, master bedroom and master bath. Welch is descended from the Caldwell family, which once owned the impressive house known as the Conrad-Caldwell Museum, that is located in historic Old Louisville. It comes as no surprise that her home in Anchorage boasts a number of family heirlooms and precious antiques. Still, her own style can only be described as eclectic and whimsical, reflecting her artistic nature, which she also inherited from her family.

2 An array of beloved items from the homeowner’s existing collection come together beautifully in this colorful space, which lies just beyond the entryway. The pieces pictured here are often moved aside to make room for a ping-pong table, and the area is also ideal for large dinner parties, providing plenty of room for extra seating. A collection of Charley Harper prints is visible on the wall to the right, while a Walter Dende Sadler print from the historic Conrad-Caldwell house museum in Old Louisville hangs over the fireplace. A collection of books from the homeowner’s grandfather adorns the top shelf of the built-ins to the right.


3 3 Situated just to the right of the entrance, this cozy nook serves a dual purpose, lending a foyer-like feel to the space and providing a place for the homeowner’s many collectibles. Favorite pieces include a collection of hand painted China from her mother, artfully arranged with whimsical figures of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the Cheshire Cat. The drawers hold a variety of puzzles and games, while books are organized by category, making it easy to find any topic of interest, from biographies to psychology.


4 As part of a 770-square foot addition, the kitchen is beautifully set into a pie-shaped space, which previously functioned as the home’s back porch. Floor-to-ceiling doors and windows allow plenty of light to flood the room and provide a stunning view of the home’s deep, verdant back yard. Rare Brazilian Louise Blue granite adorns the center islands and the backsplash on the beverage station, while the painted wood cabinets by Laura Whittle, formerly of Atterberry Smith Kitchens, are finished in a high gloss grayish-green hue and exhibit magnificent curves. Penny mosaic tiles in an iridescent opal hue adorn the backsplash behind the six-burner Viking cooktop, while lighting found at Brecher’s Lighting was artfully arranged to stunning effect above the center islands.


5 “I come from a long line of artists, writer, photographers, engineers and creative types,” Welch reveals. “This home truly reflects who I am.” Passionate about color, Welch has incorporated a wide range of hues throughout the home’s interior and exterior spaces, ranging from vibrant shades to muted tones according to the intended look and feel. Having previously lost two homes in accidental disasters, the opportunity to create a space that sincerely expresses who she is as a person was too good for Welch to pass up, and this incredible home is the result. “It’s such a special place and so comfortable - I use every square inch,” shared Welch, the sincerity evident in her voice as she spoke. “Every time I drive up, I smile and think, ‘I’m home!’”

“Everytime I drive up, I smile and think, ‘I’m home!’” -Welch



5 The remarkable style that comes together in the home’s formal dining space shows the homeowner’s creativity and ability to incorporate a wide variety of colors and textures, along with beloved items that she has owned for many years, creating a light, happy ambience. The brightly patterned wallpaper is by Carey Lind, from Hikes Point Paint & Wallpaper, while an original Chihuly adorns the space over the two-sided fireplace, which is flanked by two wooden gargoyles as well as andirons that came from the historic Conrad-Caldwell house museum in Old Louisville. A lithograph by Sonny Whittle and several pictures framed from a catalog that was produced in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s by the homeowner’s great-grandfather’s business, Caldwell Tanks, are visible hanging over the buffet. 6 A breakfast nook is nestled into a corner of the kitchen and adorned by a strikingly colorful painting featuring seven hidden horses on the wall to the right, as well as an elegant light fixture from Brecher’s Lighting and a custom designed mosaic light switch cover by Linda Barnett of Bits & Pieces in New Albany. 7 The home’s great room was added in the late 1980’s and has rich, dark wood ceiling beams and paneling on the exterior wall, that helps draw the outdoors in. Neutral-toned grass cloth wallpaper adds surprising texture, while bright pops of color throughout this space play to the homeowner’s love of vibrant hues and fanciful style.


8 8 As part of the new addition, the master bedroom features high ceilings that were raised five feet and encompasses an area that formerly served as a carport. The transom windows allow plenty of light to flood the space, which includes an alabaster lamp from the historic Conrad-Caldwell house museum in Old Louisville, an attention-grabbing abstract painting in brilliant purple – the homeowner’s favorite color – and a custom-made side table topped with leftover granite from the master bath. 9 Adorned with stunning and very rare Deep Purple Brazilian granite on the countertops, tub surround and backsplash, the master bath is a study in tranquility, with custom wood cabinetry designed to complement the French country style of the armoire, and porcelain tile flooring in various sizes and hues.


House Credits:

ARCHITECT Norman Sweet ARCHITECT (new addition/remodel) Jim Peterson BUILDER (new addition/remodel) Ron Wolford LIGHT FIXTURES Brecher’s Lighting INTERIOR DESIGN Candace Welch TILE Robin Straub, Louisville Tile



1 At around 10 thousand square feet, and sitting on an acre lot, the Stoops home offers ample space and charm, both inside and out. The home includes four floors and a three-car garage and is located in one of Lexington’s most beautiful residential areas.



hen Mark Stoops took the position of head football coach at the University of Kentucky, one of the first things his wife, Chantel, had to do was add more blue to her wardrobe. Coming from Florida State University, the Stoops family were used to a lot of red. “We even had red throw cushions in our home,” jokes Chantel. “So those had to go.” Of course, the Stoops have been Wildcats before, in Arizona. But since moving to Lexington, they are officially Kentucky Wildcats and they feel like they’ve found the place they will always call home. “Mark took the job here site unseen,” says Chantel. “So when we flew into Lexington and saw how beautiful it is here, it was an amazing feeling. And it’s been so wonderful here.” One wonderful find has certainly been the sprawling, suburban house the Stoops have made their home. At around 10,000 square feet, the home sits on a large lot in the Beaumont area, but feels more like it’s hidden somewhere in the rolling hills of the Bluegrass. “I was set on this area because of the schools and I like to be in a neighborhood,” says Chantel. “The nice thing about Lexington is that it’s very small. Ten to twenty minutes and we can be anywhere.” The Stoops did plenty of research before settling on the area and looked at several houses before deciding on one built and owned by Jimmy Ball. They knew this was the house for them from the moment they saw the abundance of windows. “I love natural light and bright spaces,” says Chantel. “That’s what we loved about the house when we first saw it. It was very cheery, even on a cold Winter day.” Despite the wide-open spaces, the home had an old world quality and featured dark colors and intricately detailed decorative crown. The Stoops decided to add their own personal touch to the home with the help of builder Brian Anderson. “When we were looking at houses, I kept finding houses I liked and they were all by Anderson-Tate,” explains Chantel. “Brian said, whatever house you buy I can do whatever you want with it.”

2 2 The four-story home includes two sets of stairs, front and back, as well as a working residential grade elevator. Brazilian scraped hardwood floors and creamy white crown molding offset the original intricate design of the banister on the curved stairway to the second floor. 3 The kitchen, which was completely renovated features white ice granite countertops, custom cabinetry and a hand laid back splash. High end appliances make this a kitchen to last a lifetime and include a Wolf stove, double oven, mini fridge, ice maker and built in coffee maker. 4 Just off the entry to the home, the formal dining room is both modern and classic. Oversized, cream colored host and hostess chairs keep the space comfortable, while the atlas inspired chandelier creates interest.


To start, the decorative crown was replaced with plain crown moldings throughout the main floor. “It was very pretty, but I feel like it aged the home and we’re a young family,” says Chantel. The original crown was left in a few places, mainly the entrance to Stoop’s home office, which also features the original wood paneling. The new crown molding gives the space a clean, open feel and compliments the neutral wall colors. In fact, every wall in the house has been repainted. “It was a lot of browns and reds, so we went with lighter colors like khaki and gray,” says Chantel. “I was set on gray when I got here,” she adds. To fill the newly refreshed space, Chantel turned to Jeremy Rice of House in Lexington. “I kept buying things for the house and bringing them home and they’d be too tiny in this space,” Chantel says. “I went in House and I hit it off with Jeremy right away. His style is much like my style, so I trusted him. He did a wonderful job.” Part of redecorating included all new furniture on the main floor. “We updated everything,” says Chantel. The look, which is called transitional, incorporates the original Brazilian scraped hardwood floors.




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The Stoops also had Anderson-Tate completely renovate both the kitchen and basement. A wall from between the original kitchen and formal living room was removed and the kitchen was gutted down to the wall studs. “Previously, the only way to get in the kitchen was a hallway, which is now a pantry. And there wasn’t a pantry before,” explains Chantel. The new hallway includes a chalkboard where the family can write notes and keep a grocery list, along with a large pantry and built-in shelving.

but they were too tall. She had them painted and reupholstered in leather to match, and Barber came in and cut off the bottoms in order to make them the correct height.

The newly renovated kitchen also includes all new built-in cabinetry and a re-designed island, which incorporates existing columns while maximizing floor space. “Mike Barber did the kitchen, and he is an artist,” says Chantel. “I wanted all grays, blacks and whites in here and then I wanted to accent with color.” The kitchen floors were replaced with more of the Brazilian scraped hardwood, matched and installed by the same company who put in the original floors.

“The back splash is a funny story,” says Chantel. “I’ve never done this before and there were so many choices. They did a great job helping me scale back and design it.” The backsplash has a great effect that is not too shiny and even ties a little blue into the room.

The island cabinets are painted black, in direct contrast to the white cabinets that line the outer walls. The new cabinets also incorporate a lot of new storage, spanning the space all the way around the island. “There used to be so much dead space in the center of the island; it was 5 feet across and huge. So we came up with this design,” explains Chantel. Bar stools allow family members to sit and have a snack or talk during meal preparation. Chantel found the bar stools at a discount, 5 In the less formal family room and breakfast area just off the kitchen, Chantel chose to mix and match items she liked for a more laid back style. A curved window nook highlights the circular family table from Restoration Hardware and French doors lead to the large deck where more seating is available for eating or relaxing.

The renovation also brought all new appliances, including a built in coffee maker that was Mark’s must have item. Chantel really enjoys cooking, so a double oven, Wolf stove and large refrigerator were all worth the splurge.

Just off the kitchen, two little boys dressed head to toe in Wildcat blue enjoy cartoons in a cozy family sitting room that features a fireplace and wide-open views of the large back yard. A deck, which spans the entire length of the back of the house, can be accessed from this room, as well as the master bedroom. “This is why we bought the house, right here,” says Chantel. “Mark saw the house before I did and this is what he loved—the space.” The home backs up to a walking trail and trees, with a large yard, a little over an acre that includes a trampoline and play set. “It’s good private space, but I still like that we have neighbors, so it’s perfect. And we have great neighbors,” says Chantel.

6 Coach Stoops showcases his love of football and Kentucky blue in the home office. Complementing the detailed woodwork over the entrance to the room is a unique wooden case featuring a balcony style top along with wood paneling along the wall and in the ceiling. Plenty of natural light is available through a double set of windows, the top set arched.

7 The Stoops had all the fireplaces redone in the home, including the one in the formal living area, where they painted it black, along with the matching bookcases. Some of the decorative molding original to the house was kept in this area, which is showcased nicely by the cathedral ceilings, open to the second floor, and an abundance of light brought in through multiple large stacked windows at the back of the house.


8 8 The Stoops wanted the master bedroom to be pretty but balanced. The room retains its old world feel, with an understated charm. Wallpaper featuring a brass tack pattern complements the brown tone in the tray ceiling and is repeated in matching rivets on the couch at the foot of the bed. Direct access to the house’s large, inviting deck area is a bonus. 9 Columns and a golden colored tub were removed from the master bathroom to make way for a more contemporary space. Now tiled in a bronzy travertine, the room features a walk in shower and garden tub, along with all new mirrors, lights and hardware. Large his and her walk in closets include a vanity within; hers with its own laundry unit. “When we bought the home every closet had it’s own laundry. So we left one on the top floor and one down here,” explains Chantel. 10 A full kitchen was removed in the basement during renovation and replaced with a custom Irish pub style rounded bar. A pub table built in the corner near the bar completes the effect. Just off the bar is a stone lined wine cellar. The basement also features all new flooring, which had to be replaced again when flooding destroyed the newly renovated space.



10 The other main area of the house to undergo a large renovation was the basement. “The basement was Mark’s baby,” explains Chantel. Although you might expect it to have a football theme, like the home office, the Stoops opted to go with a more traditional Kentucky feel in the basement, one that includes bourbon, horses and native stone. “We wanted to embrace the entire Kentucky atmosphere. It’s such a unique thing—how many places can you live that have all of this beauty?” Chantel says, referring to Central Kentucky. The basement, which was opened up a bit with the removal of a wall, features a large theatre room, pool table, shuffleboard, custom bar and plenty of seating. Painted all in black, the entire space invites visitors to sit back and relax. Next to the custom stone fireplace, a floor to ceiling canvas features an original photo from the 139th Kentucky Derby. Nearby, child-sized rocking horses wait to be ridden. Doors along the back of the house open to a downstairs patio that mimics the upstairs deck. The large circular Irish style bar plays host to Kentucky bourbon, while a wine room, complete with stone ceiling, gives the feel of an authentic cellar.

“This is Mark’s favorite room in the whole house,” says Chantel. “We really use it a lot more than I thought we would. When we have the players over this is a great space for that.” Another place the players like to gather is two floors up, in a casual sitting area located at the top of the open stairwell on the second floor. Along with the sitting area, the upstairs has four large bedrooms; including a guest room that could be a second master bedroom. All the rooms, in fact every room in the home, have fireplaces, except the baby’s room. When the Stoops bought the home, every bedroom also had it’s own kitchenette with mini fridge and microwave, but they have been replaced with built-in storage and benches for a more home-like feel. A third story on the home offers two more bedrooms and another full kitchen, perfect for guests. In all, the home is both lovely and functional, a perfect space for the Stoops and their two boys to grow together.

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Open plan. 2-story Great Rm with fireplace. Gourmet Peaceful vistas on 15th fairway of Old Silo Golf Kitchen. 1st floor Master with luxurious Bath. Loft. Course. Kitchen with sitting area, Office, finished Walled, landscaped courtyard. Finished lower level. lower level, Geothermal HVAC, Workshop.

Beautiful, well constructed home. Open plan. 1st Diamond in the rough, ready to be returned to its floor Master. Office, loft & study. Excellent for glory as single family home, or current commerentertaining. Finished lower level. Sun porch. cial zoning allows for downtown office/business.

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11+ gently rolling acres. Spacious Kitchen. 1st floor Master with spa Bath. 4 BR, 5.5 BA. Finished lower level. Flexible separate building. Prime location.



1 White Hall State Historic Site

White Hall

A colorful history lesson can be found in this sprawling Central Kentucky mansion. BY CHRISTINA NOLL PHOTOS COURTESY OF KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS In Kentucky, the Clay family name is well known for many reasons. One of those reasons is Cassius Marcellus Clay, emancipationist, newspaper publisher, Minister to Russia and friend to Abraham Lincoln. His daughter, Laura Clay, a women’s suffrage and states’ rights leader became the first woman to be nominated for U.S. President by a major political party. You can learn all about Cassius and Laura, and other members of the Clay family on an informative tour right in the place they called home: White Hall State Historic Site. “White Hall has an amazing history,” says Lashe Mullins, curator of the historic site. “The people who owned the house all lived very colorful lives, particularly Cassius M. Clay.” Located in Richmond, just off interstate 75, the historic mansion was first built in 1798 by Revolutionary War General Green Clay as a two-story Georgian brick home. His son, Cassius, along with his first wife, Mary Jane, rebuilt the home around the original structure in the 1860s.

They opted for an Italianate style that more than doubled the size of the original home, which now stands at nearly ten thousand square feet. The major addition included such luxuries at that time as central heating and an indoor plumbing system based off a rainwater collection system. Thanks to Clay family descendants, who generously donated the home to the state of Kentucky in 1968, visitors can tour the estate and learn first hand what it was like to live in the Clay home in the mid to late 19th century. The mansion, which now sits on 13.5 of the original 2000 acres that surrounded the home, includes over 40 rooms, along with several fully restored outbuildings, including Stone Kitchen and Loom House, which date back to the 1700s. Visitors to White Hall are treated to an exceptional tour by extremely knowledgeable and engaging guides who inform guests on the lives of the family as well as the structure of the home. Many interesting photos and art, along with Cassius Clay’s own memoirs, can be seen in the home.


A tour of the home, which is still in remarkable condition, includes almost every room and traverses three floors, plus the basement. Asked to choose a favorite room, both Mullins and Park Manager Kathleen White say it’s difficult because all the rooms offer something special. White likes the nursery, because of all the babies born there. “I would have to say the library because I love to read, and it has always seemed special to me,” explains Mullins. “I kind of think it might have been Cassius’ favorite room as well. This was the room that he married his second wife in; it is the room that became his bedroom, and it is the room that he died in.” Mullins says the picturesque stone building in the back, one a kitchen and loom house, tend to be a favorite among visitors. Although the number of visitors to the mansion varies, the historic site sees an influx during special events. “We have Scandals and Ghost Stories set in July, Ghost Walk is in October and A Victorian Christmas is in December,” says Mullins. “We also have Pops at the Park, which is hosted by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce in August.” Weddings are also allowed on the park, something many local brides choose.

2 2 The drawing room at White Hall 3 The library at White Hall.

IF YOU GO: White Hall State Historic Site is located at 500 White Hall Shrine Rd. in Richmond. Park grounds are open April 1–October 31, Monday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm, & Sunday noon to 4pm. Group tours are available in the off season by appointment only. For information about touring White Hall, call 859-623-9178 or email

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Kentucky Homes & Gardens Magazine  

Sept-Oct 2014

Kentucky Homes & Gardens Magazine  

Sept-Oct 2014