Walls that talk

A Cincinnati-area home was designed with displaying artwork in mind


To keep a streamlined look, the cabinetry style, hardware and countertops in both bathrooms are the same as what was used in the kitchen.

Although the couple selected the developer’s modern trim package, they made a few changes, such as removing crown molding from the kitchen.

Originally, the fireplace wall was to be covered in granite, until the homeowner was shown this graffiti-inspired ceramic wall tile. The glass bowl on the coffee table is “Bowl with Point” (1984) by Frantisek Vizner.



A tiled balcony runs the length of the great room and affords a view of the action on Observatory Avenue.

To protect the artwork and furnishings from sunlight, electronic blinds are operated via an iPad app.

In the owner’s favorite area, the foyer, she selected a settee that would pair well with “Sunshine Face” by Karel Appel. The sculpture “Feathered Woman” (1991) by Leslie Hawk stands in the corner.



In the study, a stoneware and print piece by Akio Takamori. You also can catch a glimpse of a Chuck Close print in the entry.

An untitled painting (1982) by Viola Frey, which formerly was on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum, pops off the crisp white wall in the dining room area of this 2,170 square foot home.

These two chairs in the master bedroom and a couch in the guest room are the only pieces of furniture from the couple’s previous home. A painting by Irish artist Adrian Margey hangs on the wall between the bedroom and bath area.



This untitled piece by Sydney Cash, which had previously been on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum, is a favorite of the homeowner's.

A pedestal was built specifically to support “Circle and Square Composition” (1989) by American artist Michael Pavlik.

An architectural Eames daybed fosters an open flow between the living room and kitchen, while also comfortably seating four. Over the daybed is “Russians at a Bar” (1989) by David Miretsky.



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