Jennifer Eberle built her four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom Glenmary home in 1999. After 17 years in the one-and-a-half-story house, she decided to give it a small makeover with some fresh wall colors.
“At first I just wanted to do some paintings,” she told the Daily Courier. “But I knew Leslie (Lewis at LL&A Interiors) and had her come over. (I said), ‘I’m open to your ideas. “Then we decided to remodel the entire first floor.”
ready to remodel
Taking the ideas of local interior designers and running with them, Eberle compares a large renovation display to what you see on a TV show. One day, she said, Lewis brought her entire team, hanging photos, placing decorations and building a brand new, redone space. Eberle can choose to buy any new item she likes and return the ones she doesn’t.
“I said, ‘I want to buy them all!'” Eberle recalls with a laugh. “(Lewis) made it so easy. I own a business (and) I don’t have time to shop. … (I) was stunned. Like I just (watched) an episode of HGTV.”
The original plan to repaint the house resulted in updated doors and hardware, new backsplash and cabinets installed in the kitchen, a complete redo of the master bedroom, reconfigured built-in entertainment center, and turned a rarely used office into a large walk-in closet , and tear up the old floors.
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“I had tile in (one room), carpet in (another), hardwood in (another),” recalls Eberle. “We destroyed it all.”
The house now features hand-scraped engineered hardwood with an ebony finish throughout, helping to tie everything together. Lewis also incorporated some of Eberle’s existing furniture and accessories, while adding new pieces that reflect things she loves, such as horses and the teal shades that are now scattered throughout.
“I just wanted a more cohesive flow of looking at the house,” Eberle said, “(but) we have such a beautiful view here, I don’t want it to be overdone. We want the outside to be able to come in.”
With over 20-foot ceilings and huge windows, both Eberle and Lewis had a strong desire to create a serene and neutral interior space that would allow the voices outside to speak for themselves. The living room looks out to the deck and pool, and a flagstone pathway in the backyard leads to a gate that connects Eberle’s property with her sister Julie Kelley, who lives next door.
“I have a video of (the pool installation) – it’s impressive,” Eberle said with a laugh, explaining that the original plan was to have the fiberglass pool open to the back of the house through Kelly’s property. But once the pool company realized the plan wouldn’t work, it had to be hoisted from the front of the house to the roof.
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“It was just finished at the end of last summer,” she added, “so we spent a lot of time (at Kelly’s pool). When my sister had a pool, everyone asked me why I put a pool. … …but I can’t just bomb, (and) I want to be able to have my own. Let’s just go over there.”
While the outdoor area includes the latest makeover to Eberle’s home, her favorite spaces are inside.
“I spend a lot of time in the kitchen,” she said. “I love to cook, (and) this is where everyone congregates when they come in.”
Her favorite room – without a doubt – is Lewis’s former office that has been transformed into a walk-in closet. “At the time, no one was really using the home office, and it was a waste,” Eberle said. “Leslie has a brilliant idea of turning the whole office into one big walk-in closet, which I love.”
The wardrobe was also a major selling point for Kelley, and after Eberle was done, she undertook her own home makeover with the help of Lewis.
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“We just love working with her,” Eberle said. “We all have similar styles and similar tastes, and it was easy and fun to work with her team.”
Julie Kelley’s home will be next week’s Home of the Week.
Nuts and Bolts
owner: Jennifer Eberle, vice president and owner of HighNote. Doug Strothman, Taylor Eberle and Woodford Joseph the bernedoodle are also at home.
Family: This is a 4 bed, 3 1/2 bath, 5,000 sq ft, 1 1/2 story home built in 1999 in Glenmary.
Featured Elements: Open floor plan; newly updated painted kitchen cabinets; quartz countertops; large windows to rear deck and beyond; large walk-in closet, in ground pool.
applause! applause! Leslie Lewis and the design team at LL&A Interiors