Written By: Lynne Leake
Photography By: Raul Sojo Montes
When the goal for your new home that’s under construction is to create an inviting, comfortable retreat that will make you smile everyday, it’s important to choose the right person to join you in your quest. Lisa Huber and Bill Buchsbaum’s home was being built on a secluded, wooded lot with pond views in St. James Plantation in Southport, where big wide windows allowed the greens of outside to become part of the color scheme. When Lisa first came into Luxe, she was looking for a designer who could partner with her in creating the home of her dreams. She and Elizabeth immediately realized they would make a great team bringing Lisa’s ideas to life.
Lisa’s plan to make a home that would fit their relaxed lifestyle while also allowing a nod to the collections and traditional furniture she inherited from her mother required some professional input. Lisa’s favorite color, “Spring Green,” was just the touch they needed to make the interior the lively space she’d been hoping for. The search for the perfect fabrics for the upholstery, drapes and bedding led to the combination of large-scale patterns paired with stripes and small patterns pulled from Robert Allen, Shumacher, Norwalk, Century and CR Laine. The clean and fresh shades of green Lisa preferred accented with vivid bright and soft pinks made for an elegant backdrop for the beautiful wood tones of her mother’s buffet and elegant mirror in the dining room. Lighting from Currey and Company brightened up the spaces, and to add continuity and warmth, “Spanish White” paint by Benjamin Moore was used on the walls throughout the downstairs.
Bill’s study, which is just off the living room, makes a big statement in terms of both color and pattern. The Thibaut wallpaper “Cheetah Metallic Silver” adds a note of whimsy to the elegant, custom, handmade mahogany desk Bill inherited from his grandfather. He has a fantastic view of the pines and the water in the park across the street, as well as out the back windows to the forest behind the house.
The totally open floor plan required that all the fabrics, rugs, wall colors and art blend from room to room in a separate yet unified way. The rooms play off of each other and enhance the look of bright spaces with tall ceilings and beautifully painted woodwork. Even as one travels upstairs to the family bedrooms, the theme continues with interesting textures and variations on the pink and green color scheme. Shades of soft green on the bed in the guest suite are accentuated by the “Tissue Pink” wall color from Benjamin Moore, transforming the room into a romantic getaway. The interesting roof lines upstairs make for the feel of an older home around the few steps up to one bedroom and a few down and around a corner to the other.
Lisa and Elizabeth succeeded in creating a home unlike any other. The colors are very personal to Lisa, and the many different floral and animal print fabrics coupled with the commissioned Cindy Ornstien paintings throughout the home make it a show place which has a casual elegance that makes guests feel welcome.
Her intention was to make a “happy home” in which to enjoy each day, and the level of color and pattern make it just that.
The dynamic duo are now working on a summer home Bill and Lisa have purchased in Maine. Bill is an avid and respected fly fisherman, and the new house is located right on the Nonesuch River where he and his guests can fly fish day in and day out. The color scheme is similar but with a more saturated, rosy pink as one of the main colors. Even the cottage gate on the path to the front door is painted “Cherry Wine,” and the door is “Wild Pink.” Another happy home!