Louisville Magazine

APR 2012

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and limestone terraces and stone walls to match the property's original bridges and outbuildings; reconfigured the drive around the new fountain; and added two more limestone front-porch steps with uplights to illuminate the columns after dark. He also renovated the carriage house, stable and original detached kitchen. Trans- forming the kitchen to a guest cottage re- quired raising the roof to add a second-floor bedroom. Te cottage now serves as "the brains of the property in terms of technol- ogy," Grangier says, noting that the outdoor movie theater, as well as the lighting, sound and security systems can all be operated from the cottage. It's also one of the few spots on the property equipped with a TV. Inside the main house, Grangier retained all the original architectural details and add- ed more. Te five-foot paneled wainscoting in the foyer and up the main staircase is new, as is the wainscoting in the breakfast room. In the butler's pantry, two more walls of built-in cupboards, matched to the original, were added to store his vast collections of English silver, Flow Blue china and crystal. Updating the lighting was a major issue. When he purchased Bellewood, the dining room's Venetian glass chandelier was the only lighting fixture in the house. Grangier added recessed cans while he shopped the world for vintage fixtures. Helping him with his search were Louisville antiquarians Trace Mayer, Andrew Gentile and Steve Tipton. Eventually, Grangier acquired such spec- tacular finds as the blue-and-yellow Steuben glass ceiling fixture and matching sconces in the butler's pantry and breakfast room; the bronze French glass-beaded basket chan- delier in the living room; and the sculpted bronze torchieres and 19th century French prism chandelier in the library. Te same dealers also helped him find many of his fine European antiques, mirrors and objets d'art. Although most of his fur- nishings date from the 18th and 19th centu- ries, the living room's sumptuous silk velvet chairs and sofas are new and were designed by Grangier to fit his six-foot-three-inch frame. "I always wanted a sofa I could fall asleep on," he says. Two years ago, Grangier turned over the reins at CarryOn and moved to Kentucky full time, but that doesn't mean he's retired. He's busy with several new ventures, includ- ing a brand development company called Label-Conscious and the Village Anchor Pub & Roost not far from his home. Q 4.12 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE [115]

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