Louisville Magazine

MAR 2012

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Opposite page: The Drexeliuses (Candace, Mark and daughter Lexi) in the home's window-walled card room. This page: A blend of vintage and contemporary, the living room features 1920s wood flooring and fireplace mantel, a taxidermied lamb on the grand piano, modern art and (below right) two oddity-filled cabinets of curiosities. W ith its stone facade, slate roof, wooden shutters, half-moon windows and window boxes, the Drexelius family's Brownsboro-Zorn home looks like an illustration from a Grimm's fairy tale, and that storybook style was ex- actly what the original owners had in mind when they built the English cottage of lo- cally quarried stone in 1921. It's also what made Louisville native Candace Drexelius and her husband Mark, who hails from Buffalo, N.Y., fall in love with it. When the couple purchased the house in 2002, they pulled up carpet to reveal the original oak strip flooring, put a fresh coat of paint on the walls and replaced the anti- quated boiler with energy-efficient central heating and air. Further renovations were delayed in 2004, however, when Mark ac- cepted a position with British American Tobacco in London. Candace, a graphic designer and artist by trade, used her time abroad to complete a one-year course in in- terior design at KLC School of Design at Chelsea Harbour and attend life drawing classes at the Royal Academy of Arts. In 2009, a year before returning to Louisville, work on their cottage recom- menced. Tis time the plan was a total interior renovation — gutting the kitchen and baths, removing the wall between the kitchen and den, adding a mud room and home office, updating the lighting, recon- figuring the master suite, and adding closet and storage space with built-ins. Tough they hoped to complete the project by fall 2010, when their daughter Lexi was slated to start her freshman year at Collegiate School, they encountered nu- merous problems. It took until last sum- mer — and required the help of contractor Katherine Doll — to get the house move- in ready. For Doll, the job was unlike anything she'd previously encountered because most of the materials came from Europe. "(Can- dace) brought great ideas with her from London," Doll says, adding, "I love her use of color. She pulled it all together so every- thing shows up." In the living room, the vintage windows, mantel and flooring contrast with the off- 3.12 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE [99]

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