“My shining hour” is how interior designer Sally Waxman describes the her Bellevue home. Standing at the top of a curved, floating wood staircase and beneath a domed ceiling hand-painted to look like a sunset, it’s difficult to dispute her words.
For years Waxman owned and operated The Silky Way home goods/interior design store in Montgomery. When a bout with non-Hodgkin lymphoma temporarily knocked her down, she sold the business to Persimmon Lane Interiors, stayed on as an employee, and devoted as much time as she could to designing this four-story condominium. She and her husband, Ernie, agree it was a good—albeit lengthy and complex—distraction. The 2006 project took nine months to complete and that staircase, which came in one piece, required 14 men to carry it inside.
Silky Way fans will immediately sense Sally’s touch throughout. Kitchen cabinets range in hue from pale banana to cherry wood to black; the master bedroom features a unique rust-colored upholstered headboard; even the elevator is decorated to the nines. The home’s best kept secret? The muted beige powder room with a subtle, floral-patterned sink cabinet, hand-painted walls to match, and a frog-shaped drain stopper Sally found at Norwood Hardware.
The property, which abuts a community ballpark and affords spectacular sunset views of the downtown skyline and the Big Mac bridge, is neatly tucked away on a residential street full of mostly older homes. It’s also just a short walk, say the Waxmans, to Bellevue’s main drag—Northern Kentucky’s next up-and-coming neighborhood (and home since 1939 to iconic handmade chocolatier Schneider’s Sweet Shop).
Sally and Ernie (a real estate agent) are looking to downsize, so they’re selling the home and everything in it. It might be hard to leave this place, but one person’s “shining hour” will soon become someone else’s very lucky find.
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