When a local couple found this 3,565 square foot home in Lake Vista, they knew it was perfect for their family. However, although the house had great bones, it needed major updates to suit its needs. That’s when they turned to Whitney Wilkinson, founder and principal of Whitney Wilkinson Design Studio. “This was the largest project I’ve done other than my personal renovations,” Whitney says. “The homeowners put a lot of trust in me, and I felt confident in my ability to make it happen as I had the support of a great contractor (Louise Saviani of AHI) and an exceptional woodworker (Colin Keith of Sweet Bay Studios).”
The New Orleans-based designer selected everything from lighting fixtures, plumbing, window coverings, and custom flooring to an entire house painting and wall covering schedule — and everything in between.
The homeowners’ main request was to take full advantage of the garden views from the living room, kitchen and master suite. “(They) wanted a home that was classic and traditional but also young and fresh – a home that was carefully designed and put together; equal parts interesting and inviting,” she says. “My role was to help them take risks while balancing those risks with traditional, cross-tested design choices.” Time for essential features like flooring, countertops, tile and appliances.”
Based on her clients’ desires, Whitney found inspiration in nature. “The color palette was inspired by the garden view outside the main living area,” she says. “Because of the open concept, the basement was painted mostly in one color, Pointing by Farrow & Ball. We chose several different shades of green and blue to mimic the outdoor views.”
Overall, Whitney shares that the homeowners were incredibly conscious of all the details that make a house a home. “Good design, function and beauty is truly a way of life we live here.”
This article appeared in the September 2023 issue of Adore