When Jody and Aly moved from New York to Cincinnati with their two children, they left a piece of their heart in the Big Apple.
“They love the city, so they wanted to infuse that love into their current home,” says Jo Fentress, an interior designer with Designs on Madison. A 30-year veteran in the industry, she collaborated on the project with her Designs on Madison colleague Annie Orosz. From the get-go, the pair was impressed by the way their clients whole-heartedly embraced color.
“So often homeowners play it safe and choose greys, but this house is not that!” says Fentress. In fact, the word Jody and Aly kept using was “edgy.”
“They didn’t want something like everyone else’s,” says Fentress, noting that this was such an exciting project because of the homeown- ers’ fun personalities. “They were open to doing a lot of things. The fact that they had the nerve to jump off the ledge and try something different was so refreshing!”
When they started the project, the designers picked three schemes for each room and let the homeowners narrow it down from there. They started by picking fabrics that went well with the existing pieces, deciding which furniture, art and rugs they wanted to use in each room. Fentress and Orosz designed each room around a piece of artwork like a painting or a sculpture that was prominent in the room. That was their “jumping-off” point.
The great room has a piece of art that hangs over the fireplace that is infused with lots of blue hues.
“They had two existing neutral matching small sofas that face each other, and we incorporated a lot of leather chairs,” says Fentress. Two blue chairs flank the fireplace, and they introduced an embroidered linen fabric for window treatments that has that same blue on a neutral background. Finally, they added a little bench facing the fireplace with complementary embroidery fabric that integrates the same tones.
“The artwork itself brings in a lot of colors,” says Fentress. “We’ve added a couple of pieces that incorporate the brighter primary colors. One is painted on a huge metal piece.”
There’s a walkway beside the great room that divides it from the entry. They included a piece of art there and another piece in the deco- rative alcove of the great room. The hearth room, with its vaulted ceiling and a massive stone fireplace, is stunning.
“That entire room we worked around a rug because the owners loved the green and mustard colors,” says Fentress, adding that they placed a huge amber gold leather cocktail ottoman in that room.
Paintings complement all the chosen fabric. They placed one over the fireplace and another on the wall above the sofa. Though the room has ample windows, they refrained from installing window treatments in order to welcome in abundant natural light.
The dining room is also WOW-worthy. The color pattern includes aqua and tangerine, but what really makes it stand out is the grass cloth on the walls above the wainscoting. “It has the subtle stripe in the grass cloth and all the fabrics on the chairs in that room are those colors,” says Fentress.
She recently finished up the client’s walk-out lower level, which includes a media room, bar, pool table, guest bedroom and bath.
“This whole house has been such a fun process,” says Fentress. “The end result is amazing."
Designs on Madison is located at 1743 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206. Contact them at 513.321.0545. For more information, visit designsonmadison.com