There are just so many things I loved about writing this story, which is now in the current issue of Home & Design, that I wanted to share more images that didn’t make it onto the pages of the magazine. Alexandria designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey did a phenomenal job decorating this Belle Haven house to suit every element of her clients’ personalities and lifestyle. You can read the narrative of the entire experience in the story, but here I’d like to hone in on the specific details of the home that make it so special.
My favorite takeaway is the kitchen backsplash, which is an ode to owner Kari Shapero’s attraction to the iconic “Alhambra” clover-shaped jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels:
That tile is a custom design, with mother-of-pearl clovers and gilded-glass accents through New Ravenna Tile. It’s a stunning complement to the brass accents on the custom range hood and Ralph Lauren pendants, not to mention the faucet, cabinet hardware — even the outlet covers.
Kari loves teal — Shazalynn says it matches the color of her eyes and looks great against her red hair — so this hue is repeated throughout the first floor. You can see it on the Del Mare quartzite kitchen counters here, as well as on the barstool upholstery by Groves Bros., one of the designer’s favorite textile makers based in Texas:
Beyond the kitchen is a room that positively glows in teal, thanks to antiqued mirrored tile by Renaissance the lines the scullery, which reflects the custom cabinetry and all the trim that’s painted in this color:
The Wall Street Journal recently did a story on the comeback of the scullery, which is basically a pantry on steroids that includes extra storage for china and glassware, plus a sink and dishwasher so dirty dishes don’t blemish the open kitchen during parties — and the Shaperos have a lot of them!
I adore the custom shelving Shazalynn placed across the window here, which brings us to another gorgeous detail that speaks to the owners: Kari is an avid gardener, and she loves bringing fresh plants and flowers inside. Shazalynn gave her a large potting room in the basement where she does the dirty work, but these shelves, fabricated through AK Metal, are here for what she brings upstairs:
The dining room, though, is the ultimate paean to Kari’s green thumb, as Shazalynn wrapped it in flowering handpainted chinoiserie paper by de Gournay:
Of course, this wallcovering is backed in teal. The thing I love about Shazaynn’s design is that the consistent use of one color doesn’t ever become one-note, so to speak. It’s a vein of continuity that nonetheless becomes new and different in every space, like the roomy foyer, which the owners affectionately refer to as their lobby:
The owners purchased the painting by Eduardo Cardozo for this space, which Shazalynn wrapped in pale grasscloth by Thibaut and grounded with a teal-trim rug from Fibreworks. A custom banquette in a pattern by Lewis & Wood was designed to fill the corner. And speaking of details, I LOVE how she upholstered even the legs of that sofa! Those very cool sconces are by Urban Electric.
Guests stepping through the front door see straight into the breakfast room and out toward the back. This sunny area gets a quiet palette to let the outdoors come inside, but Shazalynn never fails to add the flair, as you can see with the sweet tassels on these chests. The neutral scheme is highly textured, with a graphic wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries that complements the shape of the riveted mirrors and cane-back chairs from CB2.
The team lucked out in the family room, where Shazalynn was able to incorporate the wallpaper, drapes and sconces that were left from the previous owner. But she took it away from there, using another great Cardozo painting. It’s worth noting that the Shaperos are fans of the Alexandria gallery Artful Living, where they sourced Cardozo’s work.
There’s still teal in this room, but plays second chair to the glorious chartreuse. My favorite details here are the Bernhardt tables, chosen specifically because they are strong enough to dance on! Kari notes in the story that they’ve been put to the test many times. You’d never guess it from this quietly elegant space, huh?
The real calm comes in the room next door, where Shazalynn lined the former living room in gorgeous paneling and shelves to give her clients a proper library. Everything is interconnected in this house, from that unmistakable teal accents to the pendant light over the cocktail table — a reference to the mirrored tile in the scullery:
For the record, I’m DROOLING over that Cowtan & Tout upholstery on the twin sofas that flank the table. Lucky me, I got to sit on one when I was there to interview Kari and Craig.
The story mentions their incredible lower level, but there wasn’t room to include pictures like the wine room, which completely blew me away because it was converted from a what used to be an enormous gun safe!
Did I say that the Shaperos love to host parties? Well, Shazalynn created a domain devoted to that pursuit down here, splitting a huge space into two zones separated by a bar that has six beer taps. What a chic space for watching movies and sports games. I think I would live down here.
And here are the last details, which are hardly noticeable but probably involved the most work. This area arranged with cozy lounge chairs and blankets has a screen that drops from the slit in the ceiling. And see the grand piano peeking from around the corner? It’s so big that they had to move it in there before the renovation work was done, and literally build around it, because it’s never getting back up the stairs or out the back door. That’s a pretty good sign that the Shaperos are here to stay — and I hardly blame them!