Continuous Elegance

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Local couple takes their home to new heights.

Story by Judy Goppert    |    Photography by Matt Kocourek

These homeowners have thrived in their home for over 30 years, raising three daughters and living life to the fullest. When those girls moved on, they decided it was time to update, remodel and refresh. Who did they call? Karin Ross of Karin Ross Designs. 

“Our inspiration for the kitchen was a magazine article my husband had saved for about 20 years. He said if we ever remodel our kitchen, he wanted to use Karin because every remodel he saw done by her looked professional and in the styles we would both like. He loved the kitchen she had done in the article,” the homeowner noted. “When we met with her the first time, we brought that article with us. It made her smile.”

They didn’t stop there. They worked with Karin to also remodel the dining and living rooms, the primary bedroom and bath, the sitting area off the primary bath and the laundry room.

Karin explained that she used the homeowners’ magazine article for inspiration but told them what she designed would be different and perfectly designed specifically for them.

“I went to their house, and we talked about it. I travel quite often in Europe, and so from that point when they were talking to me about what they like, I felt I could bring this element or this element, and they liked it so much!” she smiled. “From that point, it was about me creating what I think it needed to be and showing it to them. If they felt different, we adjusted. They are one of the easiest clients to work with.”

Karin approached this project as a way to create spaces in the home and give them continuous elegance. She created a flow from the kitchen to the dining room to the living room while making sure the rooms did not look like a continuation of the kitchen.

The homeowners wanted a dining room that was a modern and bright yet comfortable space where they could have friends and family gather.

Karin and her crew created a truly dreamy dining room. Karin noted, “The dining room table is a piece of art, made of treated walnut with gold leaf in the middle, and chairs with gold leaves in them. Dining rooms today don’t have to be just a stuffy table and chairs, we need to have some fun with furniture. It is super fun but elegant.”

Another amazing space Karin created is the “scotch station” in the living room, its dark coloring complementing the black and gold fireplace wall. “It’s super cool and he is so proud of it! It is very close to the fireplace, so it is perfect when you come home, make yourself a drink, and sit down and cozy up by the fireplace,” she enamored.

The kitchen is a showstopper, with white walls, a large island, and white/gold quartz countertops. They also replaced the existing light with a stunning chandelier, adding a touch of finesse to the space while creating the illusion of a room division from the living room. 

The functional cubby room just off to the side gives the homeowner a space to put her desk and paperwork, which is hidden for privacy when the door is closed. This was once where the washer and dryer lived, now they are happily sitting upstairs just off the primary bedroom in the walk-in closet.

“Karin also removed the fireplace in the area connecting the bedroom and primary bathroom, which we call our ‘reading’ room because we read to our kids there. Now I have a new wall for more artwork!” the homeowner expressed. “I also love our new bathroom and huge double-head walk-in shower and the heated floors are heaven.”

Karin explained that since the bathroom sits over the garage, the floors get cold, so the heated tile system is ideal. Rich gold tones dress the lighting, mirrors, and sink fixtures in a luxurious fashion. The spacious vanity hosts a makeup desk, situated between the two sinks.

“It is all about comfortable functionality. The mirrors are Turkish and of fantastic quality and design,” Karin continued.

Karin and her husband, Nick, work together to ensure each project is seamlessly executed. Their son, Tyler, is involved with moving furniture, taking away the dumpster daily, and delivering supplies.

“Anything you do to improve the space you live in is priceless. It excites you, improves your mood and changes your perspective. It can actually bring you back to life,” exudes Karin. “This couple has lived in their home for many years so this is a good time to redo it for the next stage of life. When you make yourself happy you feel good about what you have accomplished.”

This home is the quintessential example of that love we all have for our own spaces in our own homes.


  • Design & Contractor:  Karin Ross Designs
  • Kitchen Appliances:  GE Cafe
  • Kitchen Countertop:  Cambria
  • Living Room Fireplace Wall:  Dekton
  • Living Room Chairs:  Bernhardt
  • Sectional / Dining Room Table:  Global Views
  • Kitchen Barstools:  Rove Concepts
  • Plumbing Fixtures:  GROHE
  • Lighting:  Wilson Lighting
  • Flooring:  Woodpecker Flooring
  • Cabinetry:  Yorktowne  

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