Charlotte Designer Creates Award Winning 2015 Homearama House With Show Stopping Interiors, Room After Room

Posted on | September 29, 2015 | No Comments

Designers work hard to give each client a home that will meet their unique individual needs. What happens, however, when there’s no specific client? Kendra Tardif White of Pheasant Hill Designs is known for her highly personalized, client driven designs. When asked earlier this year to design a yet unsold new build for Charlotte’s 2015 Homearama, Kendra and her design assistant Crystal Richardson didn’t just succeed – they wowed the judges, taking home four awards, including First Place for Interior design and Second Place for Best Overall House. North Carolina Design caught up with Kendra to hear all of the amazing project details.

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“Designing a home with no client is a very different experience,” Kendra concedes. “In my normal process, I learn all about the homeowners. I ask for pictures to see the things that speak to them and get a visual of what they’re trying to achieve. Or, if they don’t know exactly what they want, I help them create a vision for their home. Either way, the result is always very personal to them.”

“When you don’t have a specific a client, you have to think of every person who could possibly inhabit that space and then make it as livable as possible. Form has to follow function, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. Everything must flow properly, and things should be in logical places. People need to see how well each space can work for them.”

Of course, there are the aesthetics to work out as well. “The builder of the house, Luke Ullman, of The Ullman Group, gave us carte blanche,” Kendra recounts. “Now he had to sign off on all decisions, but his only real direction was to ‘make it great.’ We decided to create a design we would want to live in. Something that was very balanced – not sterile, but not overly accessorized and stuffy. We wanted the home to feel warm and welcoming, so we kept the color palette soft, ethereal and inviting.”

Kendra put a tremendous amount of thought into each and every aspect of the project – a fact evident in the home’s exquisite nuances. “We incorporated geometrics throughout the house,” she notes. “The same geometric pattern is replicated in the custom wainscoting in the dining area, the coffered great room ceiling and the mule posts. All of the tile in the house is also geometric. Even the light fixtures incorporate geometrics. It’s not something that’s blatant, but it pulls everything together and adds tremendous depth and richness.”

Throughout the home Kendra uses texture, scale and a balance of cool and warm elements to create a luxurious yet livable look. With its mixture of silk, grasscloth, polished nickel and wool, the formal dining area is warm and inviting, yet gracious and sophisticated. The use of soft fabrics, cool neutrals as well as metallic and glass touches in the great room and bedrooms make them cozy yet stylish and clean. In the kitchen, traditional cabinetry moulding is offset by sleek geometric light fixtures and hints of polished metal.

Designing this distinctive home was certainly not without its challenges “It is a very, very large home with very high 13 ½ foot ceilings,” Kendra explains. “It was challenging to make it feel homey. Then there was the serious time crunch we were under – we were hanging draperies the day before Homearama started. It was also a challenge to find furnishings to fill the whole house – we had to beg and borrow from wherever we could. ”

Kendra was not daunted, however. “That actually made it such a satisfying project,” she affirms. “The level of care, thought and work we put in really made it feel personal to us. Crystal and I really ended up truly loving this home – almost as if it was ours. And I think that shows in the final product.”

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