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Inside Homearama’s Interior Design
Homearama houses are easy to spot. Their suburban-glam architecture (everything is vaulted) and luxe interior design (so many marble bathtubs) make them distinctively flashy. The 2014 Homearama, July 12–27, features ten such properties in Carriage Hill, a private 400-acre Liberty Township community.
We caught up with perennial Homearama designer Jenny Lynn Wynne, who shares her interior design plans for three of the 2014 homes. You can see them for yourself during the July 12–27 show.
CM: What can we expect from the Justin Doyle Home?
JLW: It’s a very traditional, beautiful house. We built it to accommodate the homeowner’s five children, so it has eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.
CM: How did you incorporate the children into the house’s design?
JLW: Each bedroom is decorated with items from Design Destination according to the children’s taste. For the teenage daughter, we included a rustic farm bed. There’s also a glamorous mirrored bed as well as a pink animal striped headboard for the girls. It’s very fun. The four year old’s bedroom is all about Spiderman. Also, the dining room has a table more than thirteen feet long (again, Design Destination) and the breakfast room is twenty-one feet long. It’s a spacious house for a family.
CM: What’s one thing visitors should check out?
JLW: The carpentry by Don Kessler is beautiful. You’ll notice it as soon as you step in the door—the foyer has a barrel-vaulted ceiling and a double staircase. To your left, the study has gorgeous woodwork, and on your right you can’t miss the lovely kitchen cabinets. The master suite has its own little portico, and so does the guest suite.
CM: You also designed The Leland Group home. How would you describe the style?
JLW: The house is a warm mix of young traditional with contemporary. There are wood beams with black iron supports, and the ceiling has painted wood black slats. The kitchen island has stainless steel legs as well as stainless steel accents, cabinets, and a steel and glass backsplash.
CM: What are some companies that have contributed to the house?
JLW: Design Destination provided all the furniture, and Gallery Veronique supplied the paintings. The finishes were by Elizabeth Designs and Rug Gallery contributed some gorgeous rugs.
CM: What’s one thing visitors can’t miss?
JLW: Keep your eye out for the great room fireplace. Miami Woodwork has created a lovely fireplace of solid oak with a gray wash finish and a very contemporary glass bead inset. It’s an arts-and-crafts kind of house.
CM: The last house is the W.V. DeStefano Home. What’s that one like?
JLW: It’s a really nice family home with a very clean mix of modern and traditional. For example, there are both nickel and chrome finishes as well as rustic cabinetry. It’s built for family living and entertainment, though, so the house includes a swimming pool, a breakfast room, a lower level bar, and a theatre room. Upstairs are the children’s bedrooms.
CM: What contractors contributed to the house?
JLW: Gary Lord provided the faux finishes. There’s also The Rug Gallery, Miami Woodworking, Design Destination, and Window Treatments by Jenny Lynn Wynne Design.
CM: What’s your favorite part about this house?
JLW: The kitchen opens up into the great room and it makes for wonderful, open family living. The ceiling design and large windows in the back of the great room are fantastic as well.
Cincinnati Homearama, July 12–27. Tickets: $13 dollars at the gate, $11 if purchased at a Cincinnati Kroger’s. Show dates: Mon–Thurs, 4 p.m.–10 p.m.; Fri–Sun, 12 p.m.–10 p.m., carriagehillliving.com/homearama
Check out some of Jenny Lynn Wynne's previous 2013 Homearama designs.