A life of international travel is a charmed one filled with interesting sights, ethnic foods, and diverse cultures. So much so, the thought of settling down could almost seem mundane by comparison. Except, of course, when the home becomes an embodiment of the adventures, a reminder of the good times, and a creation born from the inspiration of every passport stamp. When a seasoned world traveler decided to make West Raleigh his home, he enlisted the aid of a local custom home builder, as well as Jenn Frost, principal and interior designer of JSF Designs, LLC to bring the vision to life. “I worked hand in hand with the builder so we could fulfill the homeowner’s desire for a transitional feel with an open design concept,” Frost says. “Inspired by his international travels and experiences of staying in a multitude of homes and villas across the world, the goal was to create a polished, modern space unique as the homeowner himself,” Frost says.
Located inside the Belt Line, the five-bedroom custom new construction was completed over the course of a year and features large, open rooms with expansive windows, designed to capture the beauty of the outdoors and bring it in while also capitalizing on loads of natural light. This is further enhanced by the home’s lengthy sight lines, which augment the organic movement from room to room and draws the eye to the many architectural and character points throughout. One of the most incredible views is from the front door where visitors can take in the living room, sunroom, and backyard in one glance. Two of the homeowner’s major design directives included sleek, uncluttered spaces and the inclusion of his favorite color, purple, which pushed Frost to think outside the box. “Purple is not typically my go-to color, but he was adamant it be an integral part of the finished product. With a little research and the discovery of some really great fabrics and wall coverings, it grew on me, and the final result is this dynamic pop of color that adds drama and elegance to the home.”
The sunroom proudly displays one such wall covering – a rich purple grasscloth, which gives the space a unique, high-end feel and complements the room’s gray and white marble floors and gray beam and beadboard ceiling detail. In the master suite, Frost procured two coordinating contemporary fabrics in a vivid purple, used to cover the bedroom’s desk chair and the closet’s bench. “The new fabrics and grasscloth were an exciting way to integrate the purple color in impactful but digestible ways. It really gave a fresh take on the design.” Rich mahogany woods, mixed metals, and blue and yellow accents, greatly inspired by showcased artwork, also add interest to the home’s otherwise neutral palette. A blend of grays, whites, and tans adds softness to the overall design as well as creates continuity from one room to the next. Nowhere is this epitomized more than in the master bath where the gray and white marble floor and shower surround, while nickel fixtures and a wall of windows create the allure of an in-home spa.
Off the bathroom, an outdoor shower is incorporated into an open-air tiled patio, secluded behind a stacked stone wall and hedge of bamboo. Design continuity is also evident in the home’s lighting fixtures, which were all hand-selected by Frost to match the character of each room while also complementing the overall aesthetic, as well as the exotic hardwood flooring that flows throughout, imparting both warmth and interest. Incorporating custom-built cabinetry and spaces built for form and function were key in achieving the sleek, streamlined appearance desired by the homeowner. Motorized shades and draperies in the master suite add privacy in one touch while wall-to-wall cabinets and islands in the bathroom, master closet, and kitchen all maximize space efficiency while minimizing clutter. In the kitchen, the marble countertops extend up the wall for the backsplash, seamlessly merging the two, and all outlets are flush with the countertop, hidden from sight behind drawers and accessible by pop-ups. In the living room, the stairwell’s bottom two stairs feature a wraparound detail that creates a natural flow between upstairs and down. And while the overall aesthetic implemented by JSF Designs speaks of timeless elegance, it’s the eclectic flourishes that really make the design personal.
The woodpaneled family room is where the homeowner spends most of his time, relaxing or enjoying the game on one of three televisions. But when company’s over, friends can congregate around a bottle of wine (pinot noir is the homeowner’s favorite!) from the glass wine room, which houses select bottles procured during global travels. And from the book collection in the living room to Crayola, the rainbow-hued horse sculpture in the upstairs art gallery, this house is made a home where souvenirs of the homeowner’s travels converge with Frost’s timeless design that will be enjoyed long into the future.