Sheri and Ron Loeb's Huntington Woods home was
completely transformed, inside and out, from a
contemporary tri-level to a warm, welcoming traditional
retreat — full of outdoor light.
Both Sheri and Ron work, often together, at the two-sided
"I was renovating another client's home, who happens to sell antiques, and
desk surrounded by wall-to-wall cherry built-ins, illuminated
she was getting rid of this chest," says Ilene Techner. "So I bought it to sell
by art lights, and a piano to the left. Crown molding softens
to Ron as a surprise for Sheri" — who was thrilled when it was delivered with
the 9-foot ceiling, and a gas fireplace warms the room.
a big bow on it. Techner added a dark granite top for durability and a small
sink with a floral pattern, which is picked up in the powder room's wallpaper.
TOP: "I do a lot of holidays and entertaining, and I always felt like
I couldn't interact with everyone else," says Sheri Loeb, so John
Morgan knocked down a wall to create a pass-through wet bar that
leads to the living room. Now, "I love the softness of the kitchen."
To give the formerly white island a less contemporary look, legs and
a cherry finish were added while a granite overhang accommodates
the barstools. A trench sink in the island allows a separate space
for prep work while cooking, and a pop-up mixer comes up from
inside the cabinet to counter height. Wauldron saved the chairs
from Sheri's former dining set and placed them around the kitchen
table, recovering them in cotton toile and coating them with a
worry-free vinyl finish.
The marble fireplace and flat-screen TV were designed to be
BOTTOM: "My entryway was very flat, and I wanted to open it up.
the same size, while the cabinetry by John Morgan was painted
I wanted light in my house," says Sheri Loeb. So Ilene Techner
on-site for a built-in look. French doors lead to the kitchen, while
opened up the attic space in the foyer of the Huntington Woods
a second pair of French doors leads to the study.
home to create barrel-vaulted ceilings, detailed with crown molding
on the inside. Formal elements, like the solid-wood front doors
framing beveled glass and the table and chairs, are softened
by French doors opening to the library and an exquisite floral-
patterned maple inlay bordering the cherry floor.
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October 13 • 2011