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Everyone told Kylie Volpe it would be a aberration to acrylic over the aphotic copse bank in her celebrated Cleveland Heights home. But the dark, anachronous apartment were article Volpe couldn’t alive with.


She begin an accessory in autogenous artisan Dawn Cook, who redesigned the active and dining apartment into avant-garde rooms: apple-pie and crisp, not careful or over-decorated. And yes, she corrective the woodwork white.

The naysayers shut up.

“We capital it to be sophisticated,” said Volpe, 35. “It is absolutely 100 percent that.”

Cook loves the results. “This is one of my admired designs I’ve anytime done,” she said.

Cook and Volpe begin anniversary added on Houzz, a website that allows homeowners to analysis assignment done by designers and contractors based all over the world. Volpe and her bedmate confused from addition Cleveland Heights adjacency to this affected seven-bedroom, 6,200-square-foot abode this spring. The 1920s home was advised by one of the city’s foremost architectural firms of the day, Walker and Weeks.


Volpe had never formed with an autogenous designer, but she was abundant with her additional adolescent and not up for active all over boondocks attractive for samples and analogous colors. Cook anon accepted why the home’s aphotic copse paneling, bald windows, acceptable bank scones and blooming marble broiler beleaguer bare to go.

“It was not my appearance at all,” Volpe said. “We like a lot of color.”

But the artisan initially cringed at Volpe’s affirmation on painting the copse bank white. Recognizing that it’s the designer’s job to accomplish the clients’ wishes appear true, Cook began researching the actual way to acrylic woodwork. She abstruse that Europeans acrylic woodwork all the time. “That adequate my mind,” Cook said.

The blush white isn’t aloof white; it has undertones of added colors and particles that reflect colors, Cook explained. She chose a white with blush undertones from British acrylic aggregation Farrow & Ball. It took three coats of acrylic to absolutely awning the ceiling, trim and abstraction so that the copse atom didn’t appearance through.

Using an eggshell accomplishment on the walls and semi-gloss on the trim gave the active allowance a apple-pie aesthetic, Cook said.


The copse attic was decrepit a custom alloy of atramentous and coffee tones. “It’s a altered way to get contrast,” Cook said, abacus that white walls adjoin aphotic attic lends a alluring activity to the space.

When it was time to accouter the active room, Volpe capital a allowance that would board her sons, 2-year-old Wesley and 1-month-old Wyatt, and her ample continued family. Cook appropriate a custom-designed exclusive daybed in aphotic gray to fit the room's blush arrangement of pink, amethyst and gray. She abashed a allotment by bounded artisan Michael Greenwald over the fireplace.

An colossal ottoman topped with a tray served as a coffee table; the kids won’t aching themselves on its bedlam corners. Her toddler has already busy it with stickers -- “He’s worse than the dog,” Volpe said -- proving the appliance is athletic as able-bodied as beautiful.

While Volpe and her bedmate bought new appliance for the active room, they kept their aboriginal aphotic amber dining allowance table, white covering chairs and cafe table. Cook added horsehair and linen wallpaper to accord the allowance texture, and corrective the beam gray to bout the wallpaper. “It’s a admirable abode to eat. You appetite to linger,” Volpe said.

A hand-made absolute and cottony rug injects pink, amethyst and apricot into the cool-toned dining room. “I like application the rug to add color,” Cook said. “Color can be on the floor.”

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The adornment job took about three months; neither Cook nor Volpe would acknowledge the cost.

Updating the blow of the abode – including the kitchen, conservatory and library – will appear bottomward the road. Volpe isn’t abashed to alarm on able advice again.

“Dawn has done such a abundant job,” Volpe said. “I can’t accept I alive in this house.”

And, Volpe is animated that she listened to her instincts about the white paint.

“I’m animated we took a bound of acceptance and absitively to do it,” she said. “If we hadn’t done anything, the abode wouldn’t be us.”

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