There are just so many things that I loved about writing this story that is now in the current issue from Home & Design that I wanted to share more pictures that didn’t make it to the magazine’s pages. Alexandria designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey has phenomenally decorated this home in Belle Haven to accommodate every element of their customers’ personality and lifestyle. You can read the narrative of the entire experience in the story, but here I want to go into the specific details of the house that make it so special.
My favorite take-away food is the kitchen backsplash, an ode to the attraction of owner Kari Shapero on the legendary clover-shaped jewelry “Alhambra” by Van Cleef & Arpels:
This tile is an individual design with mother-of-pearl clover and gold-plated glass accents by New Ravenna Tile. It’s a stunning addition to the brass accents on the custom range hood and Ralph Lauren tags, not to mention the faucet, housing parts – even the outlet covers.
Kari loves teal – Shazalynn says it matches the color of her eyes and goes well with her red hair – so this hue repeats across the first floor. You can see it on the Del Mare quartzite kitchen tables here, as well as on the bar stool upholstery from Groves Bros., one of the designer’s most popular textile manufacturers, based in Texas:
Behind the kitchen is a room that shines positively in teal thanks to the antique, mirrored tiles from Renaissance. The lines of the scullery reflect the bespoke cupboards and all the panels painted in this color:
The Wall Street Journal recently has a story about that Comeback of the sculleryBasically, this is a steroid pantry that includes extra storage for porcelain and glassware, a sink, and a dishwasher so dirty dishes don’t interfere with the open kitchen at parties – and the Shaperos have plenty of them!
I like the bespoke shelves that Shazalynn placed over the window here and that lead us to another beautiful detail that appeals to the owners: Kari is an enthusiastic gardener and she loves to bring in fresh plants and flowers. Shazalynn gave her a large potting soil in the basement where she does the dirty work, but these shelves made by AK Metal are here for what brings them up:
However, the dining room is the ultimate praise for Kari’s green thumb, since Shazalynn wrapped it in blooming hand-painted de Gournay chinoiserie paper:
Of course, this wall covering is backed with teal. What I love about Shazaynn’s design is that the consistent use of a color never becomes a single note, so to speak. It is a vein of continuity that is new and different in every room, like the spacious foyer that the owners affectionately call their lobby:
The owners bought the painting by Eduardo Cardozo for this room, which Shazalynn von Thibaut had wrapped in pale grass and grounded with a blue-green carpet from Fibreworks. A custom banquet in a Lewis & Wood pattern was designed to fill the corner. And when I talk about details, I LOVE how she even padded the legs of this sofa! These very cool wall lamps come from Urban Electric.
Guests who step through the front door look directly into the breakfast room and out the back. This sunny area gets a calm palette to let nature in, but Shazalynn always adds the flair, as you can see from the cute tassels on these chests. The neutral scheme is heavily structured, with a graphic wall covering by Phillip Jeffries that complements the shape of the riveted mirrors and chairs with tubular backs from CB2.
The team was lucky in the family room, where Shazalynn was able to incorporate the previous owner’s wallpaper, curtains, and sconces. But she took it out of there and used another great Cardozo painting. It is worth noting that the Shaperos are fans of the Alexandria gallery Artful lifewhere they got Cardozo’s work.
In this room is still teal, but plays the second chair after the wonderful Chartreuse. My favorite details here are the Bernhardt tables, which were specially selected because they are strong enough to dance on! Kari notes in the story that they have been tested many times. You would never guess from this quietly elegant room, would you?
The real calm comes in the room next door where Shazalynn lined the former living room with beautiful paneling and shelves to offer its customers a real library. Everything in this house is connected, from these distinctive blue-green accents to the pendant lamp above the cocktail table – a reference to the mirrored tiles in the laundry room:
For the record, I push over this Cowtan & Tout upholstery on the twin sofas that flank the table. Fortunately, I was allowed to sit on one when I was there to interview Kari and Craig.
The story mentions its incredible lower level, but there was no place for pictures like the wine room that totally blew me away because it was converted from a former gun safe!
Did I say that the Shaperos like to have parties? Well, Shazalynn has created a domain dedicated to this persecution down here, dividing a huge space into two zones separated by a bar with six beer taps. What a chic place to watch movies and sports games. I think I would live down here.
And here are the last details that are barely noticeable, but probably require the most work. This area with comfortable lounge chairs and blankets has a screen that falls out of the slit in the ceiling. And do you see the wing peeking around the corner? It’s so big that they had to pull it in there and literally build it around before the renovation was done because it never comes up the stairs or through the back door again. That’s a pretty good sign that the shaperos will stay here – and I hardly blame them!
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