Practical magic

Homeowner finds a sophisticated, yet comfortable home to live with her art and welcome her family

“Trick or Tweet” by Joe Sartor of Morehead, KY hangs on the rear wall of the sunroom; “Serenity” by UK artist Lucy Jones is over the fireplace; “Man on Stairs” by Thom Shaw is on the divider wall; and the painting of four women near the stairs is titled “Interpretation” by local artist Clay Wainscot.

The opening between the living room and dining area was widened. A large diptych abstract by Enrico Embroli of Albuquerque and Brian Joiner’s painting, based on one of the Duncanson murals, from his last show at the Taft Museum add to the conversation in the dining room. Next to the white chair in the parlor is the abstract expressionist landscape pastel by Wolf Kahn.

Next to the steps, a closet and bath were removed to open the flow from the entry through the main living areas.

The kitchen was relocated to a more central position in the home. The gorgeous island was made of reclaimed wood from a 19th century cattle barn.

A self portrait of Lucy Jones, a UK artist who was born with dyslexia and cerebral palsy, hangs above the mantel. The carved snake is by Kentuckian Edd Lambdin. A wood cut relief print over the mantel in the dining room, titled “In Numbers We Trust,” is by Cincinnati artist Thom Shaw.

In the upstairs study, a detail of “Iris” by Alison Shepard-Hildebrandt is above the mantel.

Front and back stairs meet in the upstairs landing. The fabric art “Embroidered Man” is by Cincinnati’s Pam Kravetz.

The exterior was freshened up with new paint, landscaping and a walkway, but the makeover retained the home’s historic charm.

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