Modern art and traditional furniture create a warm and welcoming family home
In the best situations, a home resembles its owner. Such is the case with Jon and Kelly Lambert and their Sunset Hill home.
Polished on the outside, warm and welcoming on the inside. A home that was love at first sight, made better by tender care.
The stone façade is more friendly than imposing, and the swing of the wide door welcomes friends into a light and open space. “I just loved it,” says Kelly Lambert, of the house she and her husband committed to together before they tied the knot. (“We were engaged,” she notes.) While it is not the traditional center hall plan that she had envisioned, the house serves this family of four perfectly.
While the Lamberts did a lot of renovating, they didn’t alter the floor plan, which is a great fit for entertaining. Wide doorways and lots of windows provide an open feel, enhanced by a flood of light.
The kitchen received a complete renovation. The Lamberts worked in collaboration with their architect, John Wind, and Gillpatrick Woodworks’ Bob Gillpatrick, who works with Jon’s company, Pacific Mutual Door. Kelly, with a remarkable focus on organization, showed Gillpatrick the contents of cabinets, cupboards and drawers and told him, “If it doesn’t fit in the new space, out it goes.”
Still, she is a sentimentalist. Bothered by pieces inherited from Jon’s family languishing in the basement, she created a butler’s pantry off the kitchen with hand- some built-ins so she could see them every day. “I don’t have a chance to use them all that often, but at least they aren’t just stuck in a box,” Kelly says. The space is made more charming still by the leaded-glass doors. One is the original kitchen door, the other repurposed from the front of the house for the pantry.
White leather counter stools are particularly kid friendly, as is the custom kitchen table where the family eats most of their meals. “I like to cook, though I wouldn’t claim to be great at it. And we love to entertain,” notes Kelly. The family looks forward to friendlier temperatures so they can enjoy the newly completed patio.
The couple decided to forgo the popular kitchen/family room combination. “This way we use every room in the house,” Kelly says, pointing out the cozy walnut-paneled library where the family often watches TV.
The living room and dining room flow easily into one another. The couple worked with Joe Haas of Webster House, especially to find antiques, and with Kay Schoenfeld for fabric suggestions, but Kelly likes to do a lot of the design work on her own. The main floor has a strong neutral base with accents of richer colors, but that may change. “I find myself moving away from color, but in the sunroom especially, it works great to hide the wear and tear from the kids.”
It’s easy to understand the Lamberts’ attraction to neutrals. Beyond the chic serenity, it provides a striking backdrop for the couple’s art. They have many pieces from local artists, but since they like to visit galleries when they travel, several national artists are represented here, too.
Quiet neutrals, with a traditional base, enhanced by color and creativity with an eye to practicality. The family and the home are a perfect match.