Words by Ami Baxter Photos by Dan Francis Photography Let us invite you inside The Kreps Residence…a home designed to create a variety of well-balanced spaces for fellowship with family…
Words by Ami Baxter
Photos by Dan Francis Photography
Let us invite you inside The Kreps Residence…a home designed to create a variety of well-balanced spaces for fellowship with family and friends. One of our favorite dictionary definitions of fellowship is “…the cement of community.” When we began working with Keith and Erin on their home, it was with the greatest of intention we design spaces that allowed for an ease of circulation and comfort to spur communication. The Kreps wanted their home to be a space to cultivate time with their family and friends.
We began this project (and each of the four phases within) balancing our textures along with keeping a constant evaluation of how the color palette and space is impacted.
It is truly as simple as being mindful of each finish, added into the color palette. I.e. a cool stone mixed with a warm sanded wood or a cool grey wood layered with a delicate pastel embossed wallcovering.
The lower level poker room was created with this piece of wisdom in mind. We created a rich coffered ceiling with contrasting shiplap and draped the walls in an embossed wallcovering. We also played into past trends with barn-door style hardware and reed glass doors for added detail.
Complimentary Colors: Design principals 101
Never leave home without your color wheel! Utilizing more stone, allowed us the opportunity to also include more warmth throughout the spaces with wood. Commissioned artwork by Liz Wahlberg and Rando, applied this principle with their palettes of blue, green and copper colors and texture to compliment the warmth in the spaces.
Throughout the Kreps home there is a variety of spaces designed for family and friends. The idea of fellowship within the spaces we design has and will always be one of our guiding principles. We have found a great deal of wisdom from our peer architects, clients and past projects on building beautiful spaces with areas to rest and reflect, as well as build community and camaraderie.
From our client
“People often think that if you have design help, it’s going to turn into the designer’s house and not your own. That’s one thing that’s completely inaccurate. Ami takes the time to search out the finishes that will work for our style of home, as well as décor that suits our level of accessorizing. I didn’t want to rush things and because of that, she was able to take her time and find the right pieces that we needed. Shopping for the décor can be overwhelming if you’re trying to do it yourself. Ami also narrows the choices down. For example, once she knew our style, the finishes and palette choices were made much easier and less stressful.” Erin Kreps, Homeowner.
Details are the personality added to the project or space. We have often times referred to the accessories of a space similar to the accessories in the world of fashion. Are there wrong or rights? Are details only accessories?
Let us elaborate!
Style, aesthetic and function are all part of the project’s equation.
I.e. Modern Style = Clean Design = Precise & Functional
I.e. Fusion Style = Blended Design = Balance & Meaningful
Let us pass along our wisdom regarding details…
Each project, phase or element of design begins with the base design; the elements of incorporating the basic needs of the project. Once the base design is finished, details are often times based on the project budget, client’s style and designer’s eye. After-all, the designer’s eye is the lens that recognizes potential beyond the existing.
Interior design, interior architecture, space planning, cabinetry design, custom furnishings, fabrics and wallcoverings – Ami Baxter Interior Design
Contractor – Signature Improvements
Cabinetry Fabrication – Poss Cabinetry
Artwork – Bob Crowe, Liz Wahlberg, Rando and Ami Baxter Interior Design
Window Treatments: Judy Lee Interior Affairs, Ami Baxter Interior Design
Accessories – Hand selected by Ami Baxter from Northern Home Furniture & Design, McNeal & Friends, c. Lizzy’s, HomeGoods and others.
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