I had a lovely time at the ROW Old Wilmington Backdoor Kitchen Tour (details discussed in last Friday's blog post here) on Saturday! If you didn't get a chance to attend this event, you should definitely put it on your bucket list for 2016! I included a few pictures below of Joan Keston's home on Dock St., which is located in Wilmington's Downtown Historic District.
Joan's nest is a custom home, built by Fasse bldgs., and designed by B+O Design Studio. Joan has been in her home just over a year and it is great to see how she has made this house feel like a home-- a perfect reflection of her own style, experiences, and good taste. As a world traveler, Joan has art and furniture from all over the globe. She also incorporates sculpture and paintings handpicked and/or designed by local artists. Almost every accessory has a story or sentiment. Her most recent piece is an interpretive painting of the street view of her home by a local artist.... I included a picture of it on the slideshow--it's fantastic!
The home's layout and design make it perfect for entertaining and taking advantage of the outdoor living space, which has been transformed into Joan's very own outdoor sanctuary. She told me she has been working a great deal with Element Outdoor Living on fine tuning the landscaping since the house was completed last year. The additional plantings, cozy design, and attention to detail make such an impact on the outdoor living space. Joan admits she spends a great deal of her time enjoying the fresh air and garden view (sans bugs) from the comfort of her screened porch. The private patio and large gas fire feature, are also perfect areas for friends to gather around, even in the cooler months.
Overall, I find the home to be the perfect mix of old and new. Mixed woods--- hickory floors, cypress ceilings, and mahogany porch accents. Varying countertop textures and colors also add a unique richness to the kitchen. The homeowner opted for modern elements such as a minimalistic Asian inspired master bath, while the home's exterior blends perfectly with the historic homes that surround it. The same goes for the interior design choices-- an eclectic mix of old pieces stand out against sleek surfaces. A mixture of modern, rustic, worldly, and vintage finds are sprinkled throughout, creating contrast and depth, while giving the impression of having been collected over time.