Susan Spath’s Residence | Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Habersham Custom Fireplace

“Habersham is timeless. Like that perfect black dress or a favorite handbag, you never get tired of it.”

Featured Designer: Susan Spath, Kern and Co.

Leading luxury interior designer Susan Spath has hit upon an interesting business marketing strategy. She builds and designs her own homes to serve a dual purpose – to live in and sell from. That is, she creates fabulous signature interiors for her own family and then shares these design ideas with her clientele.

“Using my own home as a showroom has been a nice strategy for me,” she explains. “Many times we complete projects for clients that we would love to showcase. However, some clients do not want to open their homes for this purpose, which is certainly understandable. By using my own home, I can give clients a true glimpse of how furniture, cabinetry, accessories and fabrics work together in a real setting.”
Habersham Custom Kitchen Cabinetry
One of Susan’s go-to cabinetry lines is Habersham, which she has used throughout her Rancho Santa Fe home, including the kitchen.

“Everyone always ends up in the kitchen, the true heart of this home,” she says. “So I wanted to create a warm, welcoming and open space that would become the home’s major focal point. I worked closely with the Habersham team to fine-tune finishes and designs and everyone comments on the comfortable, warm feel. ”
Habersham Custom Butler's Pantry Cabinetry
To help create the open ambiance, Susan opted not to use many upper cabinets. Habersham Custom Cabinetry

Rather, she chose an island design with tremendous storage space and also created a secondary butler’s pantry area for additional storage.

An avid cooks, Susan was intent on developing a beautiful, working kitchen — complete with pizza oven, plentiful work space and top-of-the-line appliances.

Habersham custom cabinetry also plays a central role in Susan’s lovely living room.

“I like to include a fireplace in every home I design, but I truly dislike the whole ‘TV over the fireplace’ thing,’ ” she laughs, explaining how she positioned the fireplace at one end of the wall, with a TV area in the center and then a bookshelf and door to the far right. She had Habersham finish the door, which opens into a study.
Habersham Custom Wall Cabinetry
“This design allows us to use the room in many different ways,” she explains. “If, for example, we have people over, those who want to watch TV can sit there, the fireplace area becomes a perfect place to sit and talk…there are now so many uses for the space.”
Habersham Master Bath Cabinetry
Susan’s stunning master bath also reflects her love of large, open spaces. Designed in an octagon shape, it is as fabulous as it is functional.

Her vanity area features a free floating mirror nestled between Habersham’s custom cabinetry designs. Elegant curios up top provide the perfect complement to a vanity base with elegant crystal door pulls and a soft, muted finish. Susan chose to upgrade the base doors for a rich look.
Habersham Master Bath Custom Cabinetry Designs
Habersham cabinetry was also used for her husband’s side of the master bath and Susan chose pewter hardware for a more masculine look.
Habersham Custom Window Seat Cabinetry
Habersham custom bath vanity

Susan also used Habersham in each of her daughters’ bedrooms

“They each were dying to have window seats,” she says, pointing to custom window seat designs, as well as complete closet/wardrobe designs – both from Habersham.

“I work with a number of high-end cabinetry lines but Habersham is very different than the rest. It really has the look and feel of furniture,” she explains.

“It offers incredibly luxurious, elegant looks that exude a level of casual elegance at the same time,” adds Suan. “Habersham has a natural, homey feel that’s just beautiful. It’s very livable.”

Cyprian Hill Design Home Project

Cyprian Hill Design Home Conservatory Featuring Habersham Occasional Tables

“Habersham pieces bring warmth to a room. You can really feel the difference.”

Featured Designer: Linda Andrus, Founder/Designer, Cyprian Hill Design, LLC

Calling upon her client’s love for the Habersham line, as well as French Country style, designer Linda Andrus has created a lovely, luxurious, and incredibly livable environment for this family of five.

“I feel that the space you live in says a lot about you, impacts how you feel and how you approach each day,” Linda says, talking about her client’s true appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship that go into each Habersham piece.

This project began when the client asked Linda to help with the renovation of their 6,000-square-foot home in the suburbs of Annapolis, MD. The two were acquaintances through a mutual friend – both had kids in the same school – and Linda was just gearing her design business up again after taking time off to be with her own young children.
Cyprian Hill Home Living Room With Habersham Belmont Library

“My client had a Habersham piece she and her husband bought when they got married and went on to acquire more over the years. She had also incorporated a very traditional Country French style in her home, using a palette of red, blue, and yellow tones. I wanted to upgrade the Country French influence to a more timeless, rather than trendy look — adding softer hues of blue, cream, and pops of red. My goal was to bring a more Old World European aesthetic to the interior.”

They started with the living room. The client’s husband loved Habersham’s bookcases, so Linda chose the Belmont Library System, shown here. She also commissioned faux paint artist, Darren Salta, Rock Homes, to reflect the textures and tones found on the Habersham pieces on the walls and ceilings throughout the home.

“The echo of the Habersham influence on these surfaces really adds a rich feel to each room,” she adds.

Cyprian Hill Design  Home Project With Habersham Occasional Table and Sideboard

For the conservatory, Linda opted to bring a more elegant atmosphere to a space that was previously home to countless toys and oversized, ruffled furnishings. Taking the room style up a notch, she added trim work and incorporated Habersham accent tables and a sideboard in a rich contrast of light airy tones and rich black hand-styled finishes – providing the perfect complements to the soft greenish blue hues of the upholstery and the room’s natural light.

Cyprian Hill Design Project Conservatory With Habersham Occasional Table

For the dining room , Linda chose Habersham’s dramatic Renaissance table design, which makes a statement with its striking wood and metal base and grand top.
Cyprian Design Project Dining Room With Habersham Renaissance Dining Table and  Pompeii Sideboard

Offering soft accents in lovely yellow tones, Habersham’s Pompeii Sideboard, Preston Corner Cabinet and Biltmore Pedestal complete the look .

Cyprian Hill Project With Habersham  PReston Corner Cabinet

As they were working on these three rooms, the client also asked if Linda could expand the project to include renovation of the master bath upstairs. Reflecting the trend of the late ‘90s and early 2000s, it was an all-white master with builder-grade cabinetry and tile.
Cyprian Hill  Project Featuring Custom Bath Cabinetry By Habersham
The client wanted more space and a way to incorporate Habersham’s bath cabinetry into the area. So Linda started by reducing the standard double door entrance to an arched French door. A toilet closet was reconfigured to enlarge floor space for the shower, and a jetted tub was replaced with a lovely claw footed design.Cyprian Hill Project With Habersham Custom Bath Cabinetry

Cyprian Hill Design Project Featuring Habersham Custom CabinetryBringing Habersham custom bath vanity and mirror designs together with a mixture of crystal lighting, wall sconces and extensive trim, Linda was able to create a luxurious oasis.

“You feel like you’re stepping into the Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons the moment you enter the space,” she adds.

They’re not finished yet. The client is so happy with everything that she has since engaged Linda to turn her kitchen into a Habersham kitchen as well.

At press time, the design work has been completed, appliances and hardware have been selected and a plan is in place to bring the lovely Old World elegance that now permeates the rest of the home to the kitchen. Look for another story showcasing the kitchen on the site soon.

“My client looks at her Habersham pieces as heirlooms …but she’s not planning to give them up any time soon,” laughs Linda. “She wants her children to have the best of everything and these designs will be theirs one day.

“She has such an appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into each piece and has passed this appreciation on to her children, too.”

” I hope that the individual Habersham artisans know how much joy they’ve brought to my clients,” she adds.

Tutto Interiors Home Project

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“The media cabinet from Habersham perfectly reflected my client’s glamorous style sensibilities.”

Featured Designer: Cheryl Nestro, Principal, Tutto Interiors

What began with a mattress on a metal frame soon evolved into an extensive, award-winning home interior redesign project by Cheryl Nestro of Tutto Interiors.

With the exception of that mattress and frame, the 10,000-square-foot home was completely empty when Cheryl arrived for her first meeting with the client.

“The home is traditional in style and my client showed me a range of inspiration photos that were very glamorous, evoking the look and feel of a different era,” said Cheryl.

After that meeting, Cheryl embarked on an extensive remodel of the home. Among the many things Cheryl did included tearing out walls to open up spaces; adding 9’ and 10’ doorways to the lower level to let the outside in; and converting a former theater room into a basketball court.
Cheryl Nestro Design For Tutto Interiors
“We completely redecorated all three levels of this home,” she says, explaining the complete transformation. “My client is a doctor with a very busy lifestyle so our goal was to create a stylish, yet comfortable home environment that gave him a place to truly unwind.”

As you step into the home, you are immediately transported to that “different era” by a view of an expansive double stairway. Cheryl added extensive millwork to create a sophisticated, stylish ambiance.

Tutto Interiors Design Featuring Habersham
Beyond the entrance is the stunning great room, which features Habersham’s American Treasures East Hampton Media Cabinet.

“These days, it is unusual to work out a great room plan that does not feature a TV over a fireplace,” she explains. “Since the space didn’t have a fireplace, it gave us the chance to house the TV in a media cabinet design from Habersham that perfectly reflected my client’s glamorous style sensibilities. “

From Award-winning Designer Cheryl Nestro of Tutto Interiors
The entire project took 18 months to complete. In addition to recognition from the design community with a Detroit Home Design Award for Best Traditional Great Room/Living Room, Cheryl received what she considered the best reward of all – complete client satisfaction…

“He told me, “I feel my house has evolved into something I never imagined it could be.”

MPM Interiors Home Project | Chapel Hill, NC

Habersham Master Closet Design Chapel Hill

“Habersham is so versatile. With so many rich, hand-finishes, it’s perfect for any style and lends a casual elegance to any room in any size home.”

Featured Designer: Michelle Murphy, MPM Interiors and

“I like to start with one piece and then build around it,” says Michelle Murphy, founder, creative director and lead designer, MPM Interiors and

It’s an interior design process that has served her well over the years, especially with her latest project –the renovation of a 2,800-square-foot home in Chapel Hill, NC. The client approached Michelle after purchasing a home down the street from her grandchildren. She told Michelle that she wanted her new home to reflect her own personal style and the way she was feeling about her life right now – light, airy, happy.

“My client loves ‘shabby chic’ looks but she’s definitely not shabby,” laughs Michelle. “Her style is more shabby chic meets Chanel.”
Habersham Chest Foyer Chapel Hill
As the two went through Michelle’s project book to discuss ideas, her client fell in love with a Habersham master closet design and wanted something similar for her home.

“I started with the master closet design, working with the Habersham design team to select light, lovely finishes and motifs that incorporate a French aesthetic,” Michelle explains. “From there, I worked to carry out this look for the entire home – with hints of French elements and clean, airy looks flowing throughout – creating a spacious, peaceful atmosphere that could become my client’s sanctuary.”

Michelle chose Habersham’s La Rochelle Hall Chest in a soft, hand-styled blue finish for the foyer. “The foyer opens to the living room which, in turn, opens to the hearth and dining rooms. I thought this piece offered a great introduction to Habersham –with the same blue tones and French elements that I chose to carry throughout the home and tie it all together,” she explains.

For the living room, Michelle’s client wanted a way to showcase her family photos and memories. “Built-ins would have been too intrusive for this space,” Michelle says. “But Habersham’s Belmont Library offered the perfect solution. It provided flexibility we wouldn’t get from built-ins – allowing the option to change and rearrange if the need occurs down the road.”
Habersham Belmont Library System
The other side of the living room features an antique mantle from Paris and 18th century tile work, so Michelle wanted something with a “wow factor” that also exuded a Parisian influence and antique feel.

“Habersham gave us the look we were after while still maintaining the light, airy elegance we wanted for this space. The line is just so versatile,” Michelle adds.

To Michelle, it’s very important that there is a sense of flow and cohesion as you move from room to room, rather than rooms that exist independently from one another. She kept that in mind when she chose a tin ceiling for the kitchen.

Searching for that “ special something” that would effectively tie the master closet and the kitchen tin ceiling together, Michelle and her client came upon a fireplace mantel display in Habersham’s showroom during a buying trip to the High Point Market. They knew they had their answer.
Habersham Fireplace Mantel with TV
The fireplace mantel offered the perfect complement to Cape Fear Reclaimed Beams on the ceiling. For a personal touch, Michelle added shadow boxes and had her client’s initials hand-painted along the mantel front.
Habersham Jocelyn Dining Table and American Treasures Bahama Sideboard
For the dining room, Michelle chose Habersham’s Jocelyn Dining Table and American Treasures Bahama Sideboard in elegant, silver leaf finishes. French blue tones, found throughout the home, are also found here on dining chairs and in stunning hand-painted wall murals reflecting areas of Chapel Hill, including Franklin Street, shown here.

“Most people think Habersham is a line that only works for grand scale homes. But this particular project showcases Habersham in a different light – showing how well it can work in a smaller space.”

“With the exception of the Hearth room, this home’s ceilings are 9’ and Habersham works perfectly,” Michelle says.

The Cliffs at Mountain Park Model Home | Greenville, SC

The Cliffs at Mountain Park Model Home

“We wanted to put our best foot forward with our first project for this builder, so we looked to Habersham.”

Featured Designer: Diane Laskoski, Villa Verona Design | The Blind Side ;
Builder: Fairview Builders LLC;
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When Diane Laskoski purchased a lot in one of the stunning Cliffs Communities, she got more than she bargained for.

Situated in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Cliffs is a collection of residential communities on millions of acres of protected national forest reaching from Asheville, NC to Greenville, SC. Learning that Fairview Builders, one of the Cliffs’ preferred builders, was seeking a firm to guide the interior design for its model home in The Cliffs at Mountain Park, she saw an opportunity.

The Cliffs at Mountain Park Master Kitchen

She called the builder, shared information on her award-winning, Pennsylvania-based design firm, The Blind Side, and promptly got the job overseeing and directing the design of the 4300-square-foot sophisticated mountain style home.

Habersham Custom Kitchen For Cliffs Model HomeHabersham Integrated Refrigeration Cabinetry for The Cliffs At mountain Park Model Home

“Model home design is challenging since you’re not designing for a single client” explains Laskoski.

“You need to create an environment that appeals to a larger audience, while still making a statement. We wanted to put our best foot forward with our first project for this builder, so we looked to Habersham,” she adds.

With an Interior Architecture and Design Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Diane calls upon the architectural elements of a home to enhance the interiors and her special touches can be seen throughout.

The home itself is designed for entertaining as evidenced by the kitchen.

As its centerpiece, Diane and her talented team worked with Habersham to create an expansive island finished in Greystone.

Designed so that hosts and guests can easily interact during meal preparation and serving, the spacious island has two dishwashers on either side of the sink.

“Some designers want to put their stamp on interiors regardless of the exterior design direction,” Diane explains.

“We really try to create a harmonious look between the interior and exterior. The Greystone finish used here offers the perfect complement to the Tennessee field stone on the exterior,” Diane says.

Everything about the kitchen’s flow is seamless. A range is right across from the island and integrated refrigeration cabinetry conceals cold storage, also within reach.

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A butler’s pantry, complete with prep sink and wine chiller, offers additional space for entertainment needs.

All of the Habersham kitchen cabinetry is finished in Muslin.

“We designed the kitchen with the Habersham team and it was such a wonderfully smooth experience,” Diane says.

“We met the installer and went over all our measurements and changes on site before the cabinetry was built – and the installation was flawless,” she adds.

At a recent open house, the kitchen was far and away the most popular gathering spot of the home. And it wasn’t just potential homeowners who were drawn to the inviting design.

The model home received the award for “Best Kitchen” for New Homes between $1-5 million in the Southern Home and Barden Bridges Awards presented by the Home Builders Association of Greenville. In addition, the kitchen also took the Pinnacle Award from the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Home Builders.

Lodge Room at Cliffs at Mountain Park Model Home

Moving in to the lodge room, Diane also looked to the exterior for design inspiration for her interiors. “The home doesn’t stop at the window,” she said, pointing to the warm , welcoming greys , greens and stones of the exterior.

Here, Habersham bookcases flank the fireplace . Cedar beams and the washed stone around the fireplace enhance the Huntington finish on the bookcases

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Storage cabinetry for media equipment and more also flanks the fireplace in the Keeping Room. Here too, the interior calls upon stone and natural finishes, like Habersham’s Huntington style, to reflect the exterior.

Diane also used Habersham for the laundry and mudroom areas of the home. Both rooms created challenges with their angled space limitations.
Habersham Mudroom Cabinetry at Cliffs at Mountain Park Model Home

But Diane and the Habersham team worked around those challenges, creating fabulous, functional designs finished in Seaspray.

Habersham Custom Laundry Room at The Cliffs at Mountain Park Model Home

The Master bath includes a his and her vanity designs, as well as peninsula tub by Habersham. For this cabinetry, Diane chose the masculine Brittany finish.
Habersham Master Bath Cabinetry

“I love this vanity. When the door opens, the left column also opens to allow more storage area below,” explains Diane.
Habersham Peninsula tub and cabinetry in Brittany finish.
All of the tile on the floor was custom designed and laser cut, offering the perfect foundation for the cabinetry style.
Habersham custom cabinetry for wine chiller
The space also features a wine chiller right off the master bedroom.
Habersham Custom Bath Vanity

Habersham cabinetry , in the Connoisseur finish, was also used in one of the guest baths. “Habersham got everything right,” Diane said, pointing to meticulous detailing, including the flat area the Habersham team added to the paneling around the mirror to allow for light fixtures.
Habersham Guest Bath Custom Cabinetry in Connoisseur Finish
For her game room design, Diane chose Habersham’s Antique Honey finish for the cabinetry, explaining that it brought out the colors in the Quartzite top, tiled back space and the porcelain wood look of the floor tile.
Habersham Custom Cabinetry in Honey Finish
Laskoski has gone on to open a second location for The Blind Side. Villa Verona Design, a European-style studio in Travelers Rest, SC . This new addition now provides interior and home design and remodeling services for The Cliffs Communities and surrounding areas.

Diane plans to use Habersham whenever she can. “Habersham shares our passion and attention to detail.”

Charles and Jeanne Rinek | Flagler Beach, FL

Habersham Featured Home of Charles and Jeanne RinekCharles and Jeanne Rinek

“Habersham offers an old world feeling with contemporary features.”

Builder: Charles Rinek Construction

Interior Design: Jeanne Rinek

Photography by Peter Rymwid

Charles Rinek has been making dreams come true since 1987.

Taking a “concierge approach” to home building, he, along with wife Jeanne, and the rest of the talented team of design professionals from Charles Rinek Construction, Inc., have brought countless dream homes to life for delighted clients in prestigious communities throughout Florida’s Flagler County.

Habersham Featured Home Custom Kitchen Design

“It’s a discovery process we go through together,” Charles explains. “Our clients tell us what they want, and we work closely with them – from start to finish – interpreting their dreams and creating exactly what they’ve been hoping for.”

Habersham Featured Home Range Hearth and Island DesignCharles and Jeanne called upon this same collaborative approach when it came time to build their own dream home in an established neighborhood nestled within Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park. “We built this home around our own aesthetic,” said Charles, explaining how he and Jeanne work together — he designs the home from scratch and Jeanne focuses on the interiors. “We opted for a plantation, Georgian style in keeping with the essence of the neighborhood.”

For the cabinetry, the couple chose Habersham. “We’ve worked with a number of high-end cabinetry companies and wanted something different — something unique for the area,” he says. “We found Habersham at the High Point Furniture Market and quickly saw that it offered an old world feeling with contemporary features.”

Habersham Featured Home Custom Kitchen  Island and Wall Cabinetry

For the kitchen, the couple created an open, inviting floorplan to serve as the true gathering place of the home. “Habersham is so versatile,” says Jeanne. “Thanks to its custom capabilities, Habersham can blend into any home style and when it comes to colors, your choices are limitless.”

To bring a sense of warmth and depth to her kitchen, Jeanne chose to blend light, airy finishes on the range hearth, curio and wall cabinetry with rich, darker tones on the kitchen island and barnwood flooring.

Habersham Featured Home Custom Furniture Design

“Jeanne is also a gourmet cook so we needed the space to be extremely functional as well,” added Charles. ”We worked to make sure that the cabinetry had the ergonomic flow needed for cooking, as well as entertaining.”

Jeanne also worked with Habersham on custom furniture pieces, like the design shown near the breakfast area. “Only Habersham could reach the level of custom work we wanted,” she explains. “What we were able to achieve through Habersham is not readily available from other cabinetry makers. With Habersham, you can sit down with your rep, share your vision, and then work with their artisan team to create something custom-tailored to your every need.”

Habersham Featured Home Custom Dining Room Cabinetry

“For our dining room we were able to work with Habersham to create beautiful cabinetry that didn’t intrude into the space like a piece of furniture might,” Jeanne adds. “It’s flexible, not intrusive and it truly elevates the room. It’s quite functional too, with lighting, shelves for wine glasses, storage and a warming drawer.”

“This is not your typical ‘hutch’ and people love looking at it. Everything is so well crafted. It’s like a piece of art on the wall,” she adds.

Habersham Featured Home Custom Fireplace Mantle and Wall Cabinetry

The Rineks also chose Habersham fireplace mantle and wall cabinetry to help create a focal point in the living room. “This design is especially functional in that it frames the fireplace, provides storage for videos, DVDs and electronics,” explains Charles.

“We also collect art and porcelains and this cabinetry offers a wonderful, non-intrusive way to showcase these pieces. Art is here to embrace your life and Habersham gives us this structural component that’s artful too.”

Habersham Featured Home Custom Bar

Habersham cabinetry can be found in other spaces throughout the home, including a custom bar area, as well as a study, where its traditional, classic style comes together with modern design lines for rich effect.

“It’s part of creating an eclectic space,” Charles explains. “So often people stick to one theme or look throughout the home. I think it’s important to show life within the home by using more than one theme – whether that’s achieving light with color or by mixing trends – old with new, Asian with modern.”

Habersham Featured Home Study Custom Cabinetry

“There is no singular approach to life and that applies to building too,” he adds. “It’s important to keep in mind that there is a certain familiarity that comes with diversity. That’s what makes a home so special.”

Donna and Paul | Tulsa, OK

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“Habersham's custom cabinetry helped us complete the vision we had for our dream home.”

Architect: Pat Fox, Fox Architects
Photography by Peter Rymwid

“This home is the topper to my life, a true labor of love,” says Donna, describing the stunning home she shares with husband Paul in Tulsa, OK.
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Donna and Dave | Raleigh, NC

Donna and Dave Allen

“The flexible Habersham design process made our dream home a reality.”

Photography by Peter Rymwid

For Donna Allen, home design isn’t a process, but a passion. Working closely with husband Dave, she designs home interiors and exteriors for their building and renovation projects. Whether it’s a spec home or a room project, Donna oversees every element of the design process – from wrought iron exterior accents to cabinetry crown molding.

The duo has worked with Habersham on a number of projects and when it came time to build their own home, they planned to use it in one room…and just kept going.

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“We fell in love with Habersham when we first saw it years ago in a designer showroom. It’s a company that truly ‘gets it’ about furniture. The pieces are well made– calling upon a time-honored design process,” says Donna. “I had a design in mind before I even started working on this home and Habersham perfectly reflected my vision.”

Since the couple’s children and grandchildren lived in Raleigh, Donna and Dave decided to pull up stakes from their home base in Alabama and move to North Carolina. The Habersham Custom Kitchen Cabinetery Breakfast Areaneighborhood they chose was in the historic Five Points area of Raleigh, so it was important to the couple to design a home that not only worked within the architectural, landscape and other certified requirements of the neighborhood, but one that blended aesthetically with the other homes and overall atmosphere as well.

“The homes here are Tudor, French Provincial, and Georgian, so we opted for a European Georgian style to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood – carrying the style from the exterior to the interior,” Donna explains. “Our home reflects our travels and interest in art and handmade craftsmanship – from the Habersham cabinetry and furniture right down to our stairway, which is all hand-turned wood.”

For the kitchen, Donna wanted a casual European elegance with a new world twist. “I wanted a casual look with a touch of whimsy,” she explains. “Your home should have your own stamp. In Europe you don’t find homes that are all French or all Italian—that’s more an American thing. Because of Habersham’s design flexibility, they allow you to make your own space unique. The design team is very open to your ideas, shows you how things can work with your colors, and then helps achieve your vision.”

Donna drew and scaled her kitchen, working closely with the Habersham team on molding choices, dimensions, reviewing board/color samples and more. “The process worked so well for me,” she says. “The Habersham team is not locked into design restrictions—rather they wanted to help me with everything I hoped to achieve.”

Habersham Custom Mantle  and Coffee Table DesignDonna had found antique, hand-carved animalia designs from the 1800s and early 1900s that she wanted to incorporate to create a “Hunt” theme. Habersham‘s artisans worked with her to paint the designs and integrate them into the cabinetry.

Playing to her sense of whimsy, there is a fox looking out from the range hood, while a dog searches for him below. Fish and fowl designs on hunt plaques tie the theme together, while Victorian rosettes above the integrated refrigeration complete the look.

In the living room area, Donna wanted to find a way to create an Old World fireplace that could work with their TV. She drew the design and again worked with Habersham to create a custom design that effectively blended Old World sensibilities with modern technology.

The family room brought its own design challenges. “I wanted a country home in the city, but with this lot and building in a city, there were limitations,” she says, explaining how they were not able to place the family room/study on the first floor. “So we moved it upstairs and made it work.”

Habersham Custom Home Office Design

To provide dual workspace so their daughter would also have room to work when she visited, Donna and the Habersham team created a “workspace office.” Each side provides plentiful, practical room for a computer, dvds, and desktop. Designed to look like three drawers on either side, the space includes one top drawer while the bottom two are actually a single file cabinet.

“The piece and its finish offer a comfortable, relaxed look, which is so important. You shouldn’t feel ‘afraid’ of using or damaging your furniture. Comfort is key,” she says.

The master bath was designed with two opposing his and hers sinks. Donna wanted an elevated backsplash, which Habersham accommodated by providing a rounded front allowing the sink and faucet area to be pushed out further.

Habersham Custom Bath Cabinetry Master Bath

“If you look in the mirror of the ‘his’ side here, you will see how we tried to create a complimentary, yet different look for the ‘her’ side with three sections of mirror and chandelier lighting.” Habersham Guest Bath Custom Cabinetry

A lovely guest bath also reflects the overall design style of the home with its casual bead board and soft, hand-styled finish.

For the bedroom, Donna and Dave were able to order a customized addition to an existing piece of Habersham to make room for a larger TV.

When they originally purchased the media center/sideboard 9 years ago, Habersham shipped it with a sample board featuring the finish from the piece. Donna was able to ship that finish board to the factory to use in matching the new piece that now sits on top and holds the TV.

The addition is versatile too, as it is designed to either sit on top as shown, or be mounted on a wall.

Habersham Custom Entertainment Center

“If you can envision it, Habersham can create it–working closely with you along the way. It is a wonderful design partnership experience,” said Donna.

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Bill and Sarah Chapin | Naples, FL

Sarah Chapin with Lucky and JinxExterior View of Chapin Home

“We wanted our home to reflect the Old World, timeless elegance we experienced while vacationing in Monaco and other places in Europe. Habersham helped us do just that.”

For Florida real estate developer Bill Chapin and his wife Sarah (shown above with Lucky and Jinx), quality craftsmanship and location are integral to every project they launch. That was especially true when it came to their own residence. Nestled along Venetian Bay in Naples, FL, the 4000-square-foot home was a true labor of love for the couple.

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