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Photo courtesy Michael Haritan

PerLora designers Craig McDonald and Ashley Loxterman worked together to finish this furnished model unit at River Vue Apartments, located Downtown. “Our idea was to design a space for a young professional — the kind of person that we envision living at River Vue. Someone who enjoys walking to the Cultural District, fine restaurants, and around the Point, but can also come home to relax, entertain, and maybe do a little work,” says Loxterman. The dark espresso wood in the space is contrasted with white lacquer finishes and Italian walnut elements. The designers also found inspiration in the granite counter top’s orange, brown, and yellow tones, accessorizing them with shades of green. The space also includes a wide array of pieces from PerLoral including Ghost Stools by Kartell, fabric upholstered chairs and sofa by Contemporary Design Group, Italian-designed lamps, and a Calligaris console table that opens up to dining table size. Pittsburgh artist Michael Loterno also contributed “the two beautiful paintings to complete the package! The colors were perfection,” says Loxterman.

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Photo courtesy Eddy Homes

“To satisfy a desire for traditional warmth and clean lines, this homeowner personalized her kitchen with classic traditional cherry cabinetry, then accented with whimsical Mediterranean pendant lights, a modern natural stone backsplash, and sleek contemporary appliances. Truly the heart of this home, the spacious layout and stylized touches create the perfect atmosphere for both gathering and cooking,” says Ange Knox, Vice President of Operations, Eddy Homes.

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Photo courtesy Eisler Landscapes

This formal entry, patio area, and arbor combination was designed by Rich Rauso, RLA, ASLA, and installed by Eisler Landscapes. A bluestone walk and boxwood garden welcome visitors to the courtyard area. Multiple seating areas, including two bluestone patios, a fire pit area, and a large exposed aggregate wraparound patio with two arbors, are also inviting and suitable for entertaining. Multiple fountains made from bubbling urns add to the serenity of the traditional-style gardens.

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Photo courtesy Craig Thompson

Jim Checkeye of Evelyn James Interiors designed this bathroom for a client. The rich, warm result is striking. The Vahallan Papers wall covering, provided by Evelyn James Interiors, has a hand torn, leather-like appearance, which gives the space depth and a metallic shimmer. Combined with the rosewood cabinetry and woodworking and a hand-applied copper ceiling finish, “This glamorous powder room is illuminated by cove lighting, as well as a classic venetian chandelier, which hangs perfectly in the frame of a pyramid ceiling,” says Checkeye. “This space is truly a sight to be seen!”

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Photo courtesy 3-D Design

Interior Designer Joyce McCutcheon of 3-D Design worked with her client to renovate an ’80s style master bath into a timeless space full of color, texture, and architectural detail. Matching sink and cosmetic vanities, as well as chair rail and window casing, were designed by McCutcheon. All were locally sourced and custom made by Bauman Custom Woodworking of Columbiana, Ohio. To unify the space and balance the strong wall color, the floors and walls have tile from the same collection, but in different sizes. Light fixtures were selected by homeowner to coordinate with accent tile in the shower, and accessories were selected and placed by McCutcheon.

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Photo courtesy Prime 1 Builders

When building this bathroom, the designers at Prime 1 Builders helped a couple combine their varied tastes. “The client loved carrara marble and found an exquisite piece at Mont Granite. Her husband was a bit more contemporary, and so, they worked together to create this beautiful bathroom retreat,” says Prime 1 Builder’s Mary Anne Meade. What really makes this space a retreat is the shower and bath, which have radiant heat floors throughout, a towel warmer, an overhead rain shower, a wall-mounted shower, four body sprays, a handheld shower head, and a two-person MTI jacuzzi tub.


This article is featured in the Fall 2012 / Volume 10 issue of WHIRL @ Home.

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