A Well-Grafted Home

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September 6, 2011

Working creatively to meet strict preservation codes, architect Roberto de Leon affixes a modern annex onto a historic Louisville house.

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  Juliet Gray, Mathias Kolehmainen, and their sons Cooper and Cyrus have a new favorite hangout: the wide back steps on the addition, which double as theater seating. (They project movies from the second-floor balcony onto an out-building across the yard.)  Photo by: Noah Webb
    Juliet Gray, Mathias Kolehmainen, and their sons Cooper and Cyrus have a new favorite hangout: the wide back steps on the addition, which double as theater seating. (They project movies from the second-floor balcony onto an out-building across the yard.)

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  The living room in the original house has Victorian details, but the furniture—vintage Bertoia chairs, a Gloss floor lamp by Pablo Pardo, and a Norm 03 Steel Pendant Lamp by Normann Copenhagen—brings the look up to date.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    The living room in the original house has Victorian details, but the furniture—vintage Bertoia chairs, a Gloss floor lamp by Pablo Pardo, and a Norm 03 Steel Pendant Lamp by Normann Copenhagen—brings the look up to date.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  The family room has wall-to-wall cabinets built by Bradford T. Newhall Construction, a local company that also served as the general contractor on the project. The stainless steel drawer pulls are by Sugatsune. The minimalist white-and-wood interior complements the couple's collection of mod furniture, which includes a vintage sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar and two cork tables by Jasper Morrison for Moooi.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    The family room has wall-to-wall cabinets built by Bradford T. Newhall Construction, a local company that also served as the general contractor on the project. The stainless steel drawer pulls are by Sugatsune. The minimalist white-and-wood interior complements the couple's collection of mod furniture, which includes a vintage sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar and two cork tables by Jasper Morrison for Moooi.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  The cherry veneer cabinets carry into the streamlined kitchen where a Shepard Fairey print and a range by Wolf take pride of place. "We tried to make sure that all the wood used in the project looked seamless and uniform," says de Leon. "Wood was the only 'color' we introduced."  Photo by: Noah Webb
    The cherry veneer cabinets carry into the streamlined kitchen where a Shepard Fairey print and a range by Wolf take pride of place. "We tried to make sure that all the wood used in the project looked seamless and uniform," says de Leon. "Wood was the only 'color' we introduced."

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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  Out of respect for the structure's more traditional neighbors, de Leon painted the exterior of the addition Black Forest Green, a Benjamin Moore hue commonly used on plantation shutters in the South.  Photo by: Noah Webb
    Out of respect for the structure's more traditional neighbors, de Leon painted the exterior of the addition Black Forest Green, a Benjamin Moore hue commonly used on plantation shutters in the South.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

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