TOPS Louisville: May 2017

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Tour of Homes

A quaint but brand new colonial in Norton Commons is a custom-designed dream home for interior designer Karista Hannah, husband Josh and their boys. Allison Jones drops by.


home was much more modern,” she says. “It was great for that stage in our lives, but now we need something more comfortable and family-friendly.”

Her latest home is a 3,467 square foot “Coastal” colonial with an inviting front porch; open concept kitchen, living and dining area; an outdoor fireplace and a tricked-out play and media room in the basement. It’s a home made exactly for the way her family lives right now—with two young boys, a dog and plenty of friends running through the house. “Our last

According to Hannah, building a dream home isn’t something only a designer can do. It’s a matter of having vision and doing your homework. “It’s amazing how many people enter into the process without really knowing what they love,” she says. “I encourage anyone who’s thinking about building from scratch to do some research. Explore Pinterest and Houzz to get ideas. Figure out what you like and what you respond to emotionally. Go to Homearama and explore the options. Educate yourself first.”

ome people would find the prospect of constructing a new home to be daunting. Karista Hannah finds it exhilarating. The interior designer and owner of Set the Stage décor boutique at 10515 Meeting Street has built not one but two personal homes in the pristine, planned neighborhood of Norton Commons.

Photos by Tim Furlong Jr.

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