These homeowners express their personalities through moody tones, rich textures, and stunning lighting by Ayn-Monique Klahre | by Catherine Nguyen
These homeowners are not afraid of taking chances. Both are hair stylists and salon owners, a line of work that, one says, attracts creative minds who care about their surroundings. So when they built their home together, there was little chance it would be boring.
“Some people are paralyzed by a can of paint, but not me,” says one homeowner. “I love the creative process.” They worked with DJF Builders to design their Ridge Road home. It’s full of generous spaces where the family can comfortably gather, like the open-plan living and dining area, multiple patios, and swimming pool. But there are also plenty of bedrooms, bathrooms, and storage areas for the couple and their five kids to have space for themselves.
Chrissy Gupton served as coordinator for DJF during the build and worked with the couple to choose details like tile, fixtures, and finishes. “I tried to help them reflect their personalities — they’re both soft, kind-hearted people, but they like some shine in the right spot,” Gupton says. Lighting, in particular, was key. The homeowner likes indirect light, and they tapped Raleigh lighting designer Louise Gaskill for several custom chandeliers and used can lights with diffusers to add soft contrast and shadow to the walls.
When it came time to decorate, they enlisted Brittany Roux of Roux MacNeill Studio. The couple had a sense of what they wanted, and let Roux run with it.
“They wanted the home to be dramatic and feel luxe,” says Roux. The couple was attracted to rich hues like blues and purples, along with glam detailing, like brass hardware and textured wall coverings. “We like dark colors, we like mood and ambiance,” says one homeowner. “We want people to feel a sense of serenity and peace, but also be like, wow, I never would’ve thought of that.”
A version of this story originally appeared in the October 2021 issue of WALTER magazine.