This Loch Lloyd home is a naturalistic mountain town-inspired escape
When it came to building and designing this house in Loch Lloyd, Kendra Miner looked to the great outdoors for inspiration.
The local interior designer, who has been in the business for thirteen years and owns Evolve Interiors, is known for her modern and transitional design. The homeowner approached Miner with a clear vision for the home: Aspen.
“When he decided to build this house, he had a house in Aspen, and he was really drawn to that kind of mountain-modern feel,” Miner says. “A lot of what we did here was try to make the exterior and interior of the home join together.”
See how she took tips from Colorado to create this stunning home.
When it came to the great room, the priority was the view over the lake.
“This whole back wall of windows is commercial glass windows because the natural light and the view were absolutely number one on his priority list,” Miner says.
Miner wanted to keep the home’s style organic by keeping colors neutral so that different materials like metal, wood and stone could stand out. This can be seen through the custom-fabricated metal fireplace, stainless steel-striped doors and tongue and groove ceiling—which continues to outside soffits to blend the interior and exterior.
“When we started this project, these were actually going to be cantilevered stairs, where they are attached and come out through the wall,” Miner says. Instead, CR Custom Ironworks put the stairs on a metal stringer and added custom handrails, glass wall panels and a stainless steel strip accent to the treads.
Instead of LED tape or rope lighting, which can make a glow look spotty, the lucent quartzite wall in the master bathroom shower is backlit with lighting sheets.
The bedroom design is special for many reasons: The entire house was built around the bedroom for optimal lake views. This room is also where Miner went out of her design comfort zone—specifically with the layered walnut ceiling, for which she summoned the help of Overland Park remodeling firm Almighty Home Solutions.
“I love ceiling details and fireplace details,” Miner says. “Those are probably what I spend the most amount of time on because I think those details really make a house special.”
The headboard—designed by Built to Fit, the same company that drew up the kitchen cabinets—features leather upholstery panels to add some softness against the clean lines in the room.
A key player in this home’s natural, comfortable vibe is the abundance of indirect lighting. “There were so many places in this room and this home to create that soft glow,” Miner says.
Since the ceilings were so tall in the kitchen, Miner found a way to frame the room in and create a more intimate environment.
“We created this kind of floating cloud, which evolved over time,” she says. “It’s open in the center, and we added some walnut straps to it to tie in with the island and the bar.”
The kitchen island has a rustic look and a live edge, which meets multicolor fusion granite countertops.
Miner wanted to make the space behind the range a major feature of the kitchen without it being too overwhelming. She did this by adding a complementary black-and-white tile pattern behind the range, which is also used in the pantry and behind the wet bar catty-corner to the kitchen.
Four Seasons Room
To define the sitting area in the four seasons room, Miner changed up the floor to a herringbone-pattern tile that resembles wood but is easier to clean.
“We made this space feel a little bit more casual with the furniture that we put in there,” Miner says, adding that the homeowner is an avid reader and spends a lot of his time sitting in the leather chair and also entertaining in this room, which opens up to the balcony overlooking the lake.
“The fireplace has wood grain to it,” she says. “We did sections and I turned the grain so the long pieces go one way and the short pieces go the other.”
This room is also where Miner and the homeowner decided to get playful with different decor pieces, such as the ornate light fixture above the dining table, the sculptures around the fireplace—a few of which the homeowner got in Aspen—and a printed chair.
To play off the mountain theme, Miner covered the homeowner’s office in a white birch-inspired wallpaper by designer Phillip Jeffries. Sandwiched between the bookcases are textured resin panels that offer indirect lighting.
“Back to Colorado, we were trying to bring the outdoors in and indoors out,” Miner says.