It was the Monday of spring break in 2020 when the Hills family moved into their newly built Lakewood home, and the family was about to get a crash course in getting to know their new space.
Kelsey Hills, along with her husband Jay Hills and their two children, had more than enough time to settle into their new home. Soon after their move-in, the country shuttered in response to the pandemic, and the kids didn’t go back to school for many months.
The timing was fortuitous.
“We had time to relax into it and take our time,” homeowner Kelsey Hills said. “I really grew to appreciate the time that I had to really settle in.”
This was the family’s second custom-built home. They previously lived in Lake Highlands where they had built a home from the ground up (save the foundation and three walls, Hills said).,
Their new home in Lakewood — designed by Maestri Studio and built by Greenwell Homes — took inspiration from Hills’ longtime love of mid-century design. The home is a modern design and bears elements that were influenced by mid-century and 1970s-modern design, said Eddie Maestri, principal architect and creative director at Maestri Studio. Features like the terrazzo floors, peachy-toned brick on the exterior and the use of brass, wood and glass give the home mid-century and modern appeal, he said.
Maestri said that while the overall goal was to create a modern home, “pulling from mid-century elements does make it a little bit more timeless.”
“We wanted something that would have design longevity and be something that really contributed to the neighborhood as well, even though it is a modern house in a mostly traditional-home neighborhood,” Maestri said.
Maestri said Hills, who was previously an executive at Neiman Marcus, is “fashion-forward,” and collaborated in the design process.
Hills said she favors black and white in her own style, and the pops of pink throughout the home are a departure from her usual style. She said the home was originally designed to be white brick, but they decided they wanted more color and opted for a peachy-toned brick on the exterior. The primary suite, in particular, reflects Hills’ color preference. The walls in the bedroom are painted black, and the tile in the primary suite has tile with a linear, black and white design.
“I love to hunker down, and I like a really cozy feel in the bedroom,” Hills said. “I really love the dark.”
1/10The black and white color palette throughout this Lakewood home is accented by rich colors found in the art and furniture. This dining table was custom-made by Scout Design Studio, homeowner Kelsey Hills said.(Jenifer McNeil Baker)
The main living space has an open-concept design and the living room, dining room and kitchen flow together. The burl dining table, a grasscloth console table and the living room coffee table were custom-designed by Scout Design Studio, Hills. The kitchen island has seating on both sides, a feature Hills said the family wanted because they knew they would dine in the kitchen space more frequently. Walnut cabinets in the kitchen add warmth to the black and white palette.
Hills worked with the Maestri Studio team to outfit the home with artwork, brass fixtures, custom furniture, custom rugs and finishes throughout. Furniture and decor throughout include vintage pieces that Hills sourced over time from local vendors like Scout Design Studio and Again & Again.
Local art is interspersed throughout the home. A piece of art in the primary bedroom is by Kristen Dowd, Hills said. A piece by Mione Plant sits near the front staircase. Hills said she also has multiple pieces by Jenny Grumbles throughout the home.
The family’s home was part of the Lakewood Home Tour in 2021. The home has five bedrooms, five bathrooms and one half-bathroom.
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