Inspired by her clients’ Manhattan loft, designer Lisa Sherry designed a modern, family-friendly home in a suburban setting.
When Max and Caci Jaeger were house hunting in Charlotte, every home they saw was immediately compared to their Tribeca loft in New York City. “We just absolutely loved our home in Manhattan,” Caci Jaeger says. “The loft was in an old building that had been retrofitted with old, large windows and high ceilings. We had this gorgeous all-white kitchen with Calacatta gold marble that was beautiful but also so efficient and functional. Our home was truly a sanctuary from the chaos of the city.” The transition from urban living to suburban life was already going to be a significant change for the family of five, so they didn’t want their new home in Charlotte to be a complete departure from what they’d grown to love. So when they came across a house in Myers Park designed by architect Greg Perry of Greg Perry Design, they were immediately drawn to the home’s tall ceilings, sleek but classic architectural details, and oversized windows, which allowed natural light to flood the living spaces. “We just fell in love with Greg’s design,” Jaeger says. “The home had so many of the characteristics that we loved about our loft.” The couple moved from Manhattan with very little in the way of furnishings and enlisted the help of designer Lisa Sherry of Lisa Sherry Interieurs to help bring their Tribeca loft vibe to their new quiet, suburban setting. “With classic architecture and all-white walls,” Sherry says, “the home was the perfect backdrop for my designs, which are often a mix of classic with modern. And knowing Caci liked more modern and urban versus traditional design helped me understand her design direction.” Starting with designs for the rooms that are most used and visible in the home, Sherry went to work creating a seamless aesthetic of clean, modern lines on an all-white canvas layered with lots of texture and neutral colors that flowed effortlessly from room to room. “I like for all my spaces to have a common thread, so all rooms relate to one another,” Sherry says. In the family room, Sherry had to work with a long, rectangular space, which she made more family- and entertaining-friendly by creating two separate areas: one for the adults and one for the kids. The neutral sectional serves as the anchor for the room while just behind the couch is a play area for the children defined by the navy-and-white graphic rug. To up the interest factor, Sherry layered throw pillows by John Robshaw in varying textures and muted hues while a cowhide and natural fiber rug add a dose of texture to the setting.
The nearby dining room, one of Jaeger’s favorites, doubles as a place to eat and also as an impromptu home office for the mom of three. “It’s such a special room because the room is flooded with natural light,” she says. To take advantage of the large bay window in the room, Sherry added a chaise lounge. “I love that there’s a piece of furniture in this room that’s not a dining chair or table,” she says of the addition. “It feels so glamorous.” A classic round dining table by Julian Chichester is instantly modernized with the all-white Bernhardt dining chairs. “I love how light and bright the space is and how clean and edited it feels with the symmetry of the sconces,” Sherry says. To complete the space, a glass chandelier from Pelle in Brooklyn, which the couple had purchased before moving, provides a modern edge to the classic decor. In keeping with the fresh, modern look, Sherry brought in a touch of color to the baby’s nursery and bathroom. The whimsical wallpaper by Hygge & West in the bathroom is a nod to the playful artwork by Minted above the crib in the adjacent nursery. “I love the larger scale of the pattern in the wallpaper and how it plays off the graphic, oversized artwork in the nursery,” Sherry says. “And who doesn’t love birds!” Though the Jaegers and Sherry are constantly tweaking things in the home, what Sherry was able to add is exactly what the couple wanted in their new home. “It’s already difficult to move to a new city without any friends,” Jaeger says. “So we wanted our home to immediately be that place that we felt comfortable and at ease as soon as we moved in. Lisa was so instrumental in our seamless transition to Charlotte. Lisa was able to hone in on my vision and really elevate it to a whole other level.
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