Elsewhere in the home, nature’s colors and textures—stone, sky, sand, and water— became the basis of design. “I like color, and I like pattern,” Kathryn says. “Typically I choose one or the other. If you limit your colors, you have more opportunity to use pattern, and likewise.” In the living room, for instance, chairs covered in gray ikat and camel zebra print are complemented by the textural interest of the ottoman upholstered in a velvet cheetah fabric and a room-sized sea grass rug. In the corner of the room, a large cabinet’s mirrored doors help expand the well-used space.
In the kitchen, most of the renovation was cosmetic. Professional appliances, high-quality cabinetry, and granite countertops were already in place, so Kathryn focused on paint (choosing a not-too-creamy, not-too-cold white), a fresh backsplash, and contemporary pulls. For the fully redesigned island—a popular gathering spot for the kids to watch Dad cook—Kathryn selected Carrara marble and added a second column to balance one that hides a structural support.