Text: Lauren Gentry Walker
Photos: Dustin Peck
Overlooking the fifteenth hole of the golf course at Quail Hollow Country Club, the traditional Georgian home of a young, active family evokes the feeling of being on vacation. “The homeowner and his children had been living in a small house filled with beautiful antiques,” says interior design Jolee Fennebresque. “The owner bought the lot with the intention of building a home with more space for the children to grow into, so I got to be a part of the process from the beginning.”
While the owner wanted the home to feel fresh, stylish, and appropriate for entertaining guests, he also knew comfort and durability would be essential for his family’s needs. “I knew the wide-open floor plan would be perfect for hosting parties during golf tournaments, so my challenge was to make the atmosphere family friendly while not sacrificing its good looks,” says Fennebresque. The welcoming abode also features sweeping views of the golf course, including a pond, and the outdoor living area is complete with a firepit and plenty of seating.
“For the interiors, we wanted to play up the classic style of the home while also bringing the outside in as much as possible,” says Fennebresque. “It has a traditional layout, but we brought in plenty of pretty fabrics, vibrant wallpapers, and colors that would mimic and complement the views.” The designer also kept ample, comfortable seating in mind when choosing furnishings for each space. A custom banquette, for example, sits in the entry at the bottom of the staircase, while French doors off the living room open to an outdoor oasis that can serve as additional living and dining rooms.
In the kitchen, the designer selected ceramic countertops and a custom stain for the island along with Roman shades to soften the windows and add a pop of color. The breakfast area looks directly out onto the course, so she worked to bring the greens of the outdoors in with happy yet non-distracting details, such as the delicate chandelier. “I wanted everything to look interesting without overshadowing the view,” says Fennebresque.
An ample guest suite was dressed in soft greens and reds, while a variety of blue tones and patterns were selected for the serene primary bedroom. A bunk room on the lower level was given fun and modern details, and is the ideal space for visitors with children. The dining room serves as the home’s shining centerpiece. “My client originally considered doing away with a formal dining room, but once we decided to keep it, we pulled out all the stops,” says the designer. “It really makes a beautiful statement with the reds and blues, and we were able to custom-make all the furniture which really adds to the overall function and beauty of the home.”