Destination: dream home
Modern trends blend with calming elements to create an inspired design.
This recently renovated home’s family room is now a haven for relaxation. The large room has always been the spot for football-watching parties and gatherings. The update incorporated the new destination-themed style while allowing the space to remain true to its intentions.
Inspiration is a necessity for home design.
Emotion plays a key role, too, according to Tracy Huntington, owner of Element 360 Design.
Huntington tapped into both when she was tasked with Gina and Barney Watkins’ whole-home redesign inspired by a specific destination: the beach.
“It’s an emotion,” she says, describing the calming aspects of the destination. “That emotion is what we tapped into. They wanted a getaway, but it is their main home.”
Huntington used black, white and a range of silvers incorporated into geometric and stylistic designs to create a comfortable yet glamorous vibe.
“The purpose wasn’t to be beachy,” says the designer, who opted for a less literal interpretation. “I used light modern accents with hints of black throughout.”
The remodel focused on the interior of the 1980s home as the exterior already included an extensive outdoor living area and poolside cabana.
The Tulsa-area home’s destination for relaxation and camaraderie is the family room. This massive space took priority as the spot for watching football and entertaining.
Seating for 10 includes an expansive cream leather sectional and a collection of club chairs in various shades of gray and black and white patterns atop white marble floors and area rugs. Black lacquer end tables flank the cream couch, and plush pillows provide a textural juxtaposition that perfectly suits the masculine feel Huntington wanted.
“We try to find something special to fit in each room,” she says of her design method.
For the family room, that piece is a Studio A metal cylindrical lamp perched in the corner.
Light from the lamp and windows allows the sheen from the Highland Court drapes, glossy tables and marble floor to radiate throughout the space.
If the couple is not entertaining in the family room, they are welcoming guests into their formal dining and living areas. Impressive 12-foot ceilings command the space.
Numerous chandeliers of all shapes and sizes — from silver drums and crystal to metallic starburst and ocean-inspired models — are featured throughout the home.
A 6-foot crystal chain-link chandelier adds sparkle and glamour to the entryway. Huntington says she used chandeliers throughout the home to capture Gina’s spirit.
“Her emotion and passion can’t be contained, so I translated that energy into the home with chandeliers,” Huntington says.
The master suite has a soothing atmosphere, melding hues of soft peach and lime, two of Gina’s favorite colors, with mild off-white tones. Huntington chose Sherwin Williams’ Nearly Peach for the ceiling color.
“It casts a beautiful glow,” she says.
The neutral bed linens from The Dolphin balance the natural texture and color in the linen-upholstered Hickory Chair headboard. The texture is mimicked in finishes of the bedside table and sitting room side table.
The sitting room is one of the most-used spaces in the home, according to Huntington, so it was important to make it a comfortable place where Gina would continue to read, watch TV and play with the couples’ two dogs.
As empty nesters, the homeowners wanted to update their home to their current style and needs. The three former bedrooms of their children were updated into a closet for her, a gym for him and a guest room.
All the rooms were updated in the same vein — soothing, sleek and glamorous — creating the perfect dream home destination.