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The couple lives on the main level, which includes the living room, the kitchen, the dining room, an office and a master suite. The lower level has three guest suites, a large great room, a wine cellar and a bar.
Hagen designed the curved sectional to fit the space. "From the sofa there is a great view of the fireplace, the TV and the lake," she says. "The curve plays really nicely and keeps the traffic pattern going."
Hagen also designed the coffee table with the pie-shape ottoman and the rug. The clients' favorite color combination is turquoise and cinnabar, so Hagen worked it in throughout the house.
Because the floors were walnut, Hagen worked in some high-gloss white cabinets for contrast in the kitchen; she played around with many different compositions of walnut and white.
"While I love many types of countertops, this island needed lots of movement, and so it needed to be granite," says Hagen. Sliding copper doors on the island, frosted glass on the octagonal table and a glass mosaic backsplash round out the material palette.
Counters: white Alaskan granite
In this jewel box powder room, an extra-high backspash shows off the amazing veins in the onyx and provides a spot to mount the faucet. "Everyone freaks out when they touch the walls," says Hagen. "It looks like glass mosaic tile, but it's really a vinyl wall covering."
Tip: Think beyond standard backsplash heights, especially when you have a basin sink. It would have been a shame to cut this gorgeous stone off at just a few inches.
The dining room faces the front yard. "This view rivals that of the lake," says Hagen. "The house is set back from the road, so all you see are grass and beautiful trees."
The homeowners already had the rug, dining table and artwork; Hagen used them for color inspiration. She added silk striped side panels next to the windows and the blue chairs, which are vinyl. "If you're going to go with turquoise, why bother with leather?" she says. "Plus, they have grandchildren coming to dinner. The most important aspect was that the chairs be very comfortable."
The ethereal light fixture is made of handmade paper, and its shape picks up on other curves seen around the house.
The husband's office also enjoys views of the front yard from the main level. A high-gloss walnut desk and credenza add a masculine touch. Hagen reupholstered the clients' existing lounge chairs and ottoman in kiwi green chenille to add color and texture. She picked up on the chairs' chrome details via the Arco floor lamp.
In the master bedroom, Hagen responded to the high ceilings with lots of bold horizontal lines and a custom headboard that stands up to the scale of the room.
On the bedding and the rug, watery turquoise mimics the colors of the lake. "The client thought a zebra turquoise rug was a very wild move, but it's actually quite elegant because we kept the rest of the room very simple," she explains.
Hagen used mineral hues in the master bath, including a labradorite/Blue River stone countertop and aventurine tile floors. An elegant striated stripe of marble cuts through the floor, across a curbless threshold into the shower and up the shower wall.
The cabinets are walnut; Hagen included the wood-covered corner to break things up. She admits that "corners like this one are hard to address; it can go really '80s really fast." They opted to keep the shelves open over a installing more cabinets, because the clients said they already had more than enough storage.
Tip: When designing a home you intend to grow old in, think carefully about universal design. Universal design features in this home include the curbless shower, and the couple can live solely on the main floor.
Moving on to the lower guest level of the home, two queen beds with upholstered headboards and spring green walls create an inviting room for visiting grandchildren.
The door, like all the other doors on this floor, has an inset covered with a crocodile-embossed vinyl wallpaper. "We looked at all kinds of very expensive leather-wrapped doors, but in the end we saved thousands of dollars by having these doors stained and finished to match this crocodile wall covering," says Hagen.
Cherner stools pull up to a Palomino stone counter, providing a perfect spot for wine tasting. The cabinets are rift-cut oak. The backsplash and doors are covered in the same faux croc wallcovering as the guest suite door.
A glass door allows one to look at the wine cellar, where the old-world look of stone meets modern metal wine racks, positioned so that the labels are on display instead of the corks.
Stripes and the combination of cinnabar and light turquoise continue through to the guest level.
This great room provides a ton of space for lounging, napping, watching TV, playing cards, playing pool, sipping some wine, reading — any favorite weekend activity can happen here. Because the home is so much closer to town, the owners enjoy gathering with family much more often than they used to.
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