A Beautiful Blend of Southern Sophistication and California Cool

The light-filled kitchen combines the best of Old-World elegance and modern luxury. A custom range hood is painted to resemble aged zinc, and the chandeliers are inspired by the French flea market style. Honed Carrara marble mosaic tiles on the backsplash add yet another layer of patina, but the scale of the pattern imparts a contemporary edge.

The exterior of the home already offered a nice blending of the Palumbos’ style preferences. Deep porches are supported by traditional Ionic columns that nod to Kim’s Southern roots and, says Dodson, resemble “a modern-day Tara from Gone With the Wind.” Mansard-style windows, lacy iron doors, and the distinct pitch of the hip roof pull from the French architectural heritage. Across the back of the home, a covered loggia overlooking a placid pond appeals to Carl’s more casual mind-set. Dodson increased the relaxed vibe by bringing in streamlined furnishings and on-trend lighting and décor, lending the outdoor “room” the ambiance of a five-star West Coast resort.

The family room features an intimate seating configuration perfect for small gatherings and family movie nights.

Inside, the designer continued the harmonious blending of styles. “A house filled solely with antiques and formal, fussy décor would have been out of character for this family,” says Dodson. “The Palumbos are young, active, and fun-loving. They sought traditional design with a twist.”

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