Oklahoma Magazine--July 2008
By Rhoda Baker
This home, the fourth in Tulsa for the owners, is on a large lot slightly south of Midtown in a neighborhood being individually developed and including various style homes. Without lots of restrictions there was plenty of room for a floor plan with open spaces that flow on e into another. The owners’ homes have run the gamut from French to Country French to this current home that they call soft contemporary.
“There are fewer defined rooms,” the owner says. “Our tastes changed. We have a great builder, Jon Vrooman, and I enjoy the process.”
This one, she says, feels spacious.
“And this is it,” she says.
Although she had support from an assortment of people, including Sally and Beth Hughes of SR Hughes, who helped with wallpapers, fabrics, and some contemporary upholstered pieces, and Scott Vrooman, who translated the couple’s graphed ideas to building plans and designed the elevation, this owner was the guiding force for design and decorating ideas and execution.
There is much in this home that is one of a kind, the product of the owner’s imagination or seen in a magazine and found for the couple to enjoy.
The large entry space portends the home’s wonderful mix of antiques and unique contemporary furnishings. An 18th century Thai statue sits comfortably with a tall Chinese apothecary cabinet arranged with African and Asian art and antiques. An adjacent front office spotlights a uniquely shaped Italian Scriptor desk designed by Leon for Giorgetti.
The master bedroom and a gallery leading to it each open onto the patio and pool, and in the master bath a Neirman Weeks mirrored chandelier hangs over the whirlpool tub. It reflects surrounding mosaic tiles of mother of pearl.
A Lutron lighting system allows the owners to turn lights on and off throughout the home from any point in the home.
The living area includes a great room, a main kitchen with an eating bar, a center island and dining area combine into one space that flows from the entry hall, but the home includes a formal dining room as well.
The owners are fond of formal dinner parties and often donate them to charity. A second clean-up kitchen provides a closed space to do just that.
The owner says, “When you’re this open, it’s nice to have a place to stack the dirty dishes.”
Australian cypress wood floors run through all the living spaces and an African Kuba Cloth hags in the far corner of the room. Bookshelves flank the built in television and touches of color spark otherwise neutral furnishings.
The formal dining room seats eight with comfort. The chandelier by Donghia is Italian glass.
The couple’s collection of contemporary art adds interest and color to neutral walls and backgrounds, and an Andy Warhol silk screen hangs above granite counters in a separate gallery bar.
The breakfast table sits in front of a florr to ceiling limestone fireplace. Gave Gillman made the chandelier from an antique table base and antlers. Visible through a doorway is the clean-up kitchen.
The entry hall boasts a contemporary white floating chandelier and an antique Chinese apothecary cabinet holding Asian and African art.
A contemporary bed and an unusual recessed ceiling is the centerpiece of the master suite that opens into the patio and pool. The fireplace is limestone.
A combination of light and dark cabinet finishes add interest to the very spacious prep kitchen, bar and center prep island. Visible behind the stove is a basket weave patterned cream, black and white tile backsplash, designed by the owners.