Fashionably Family Friendly
Does kid-friendly go with elegance? It does, here, in this beautifully designed and thoughtfully executed home.
By Melissa Sprouse Browne Photos by Jeff Amberg
The idea of children coloring on brand new wallpaper would send shivers down the spine of any new home owner. But at the Burch residence, Mom and Dad hand out the markers with smiles on their faces.
Kid-friendly décor can take many forms, but one of the more innovative features in this lovely example of executive level construction is the upstairs playroom. The brain child of local interior designer Amy Spencer, the expansive space has a black and white print paper along the inside wall. But unlike the average wallpaper, this one is made to be customized by the home owners with their choice of crayons or markers. “Amy came in with three Sharpies and said to only use these three colors, since they go with the color scheme,” Marcia Burch explained. Their two girls are free to add color to the design in any way they like, and can even have friends over to join in the fun.
The space is comfortably furnished and has quickly become the place to hang out and watch television and relax. The adjacent porch has the trendy wood-look tile and a huge porch swing with plenty of pillows to sway in the wind and enjoy a good book, or take in the view of the manicured yard and pool area.
The family moved in this summer after purchasing a lot in an exclusive section of Woodcreek Farms. It was an ideal location for their dream home. The construction was headed by a custom builder Mike Odom of MTO Construction. This family-run building firm from Lugoff provided a very personal experience. Odom does the majority of the work himself and the craftsmanship is of the highest caliber.
With a professional background in real estate development, Marcia knew the builder was a reputable creator of fine custom homes and this example is proof she and her husband Steve chose wisely. Built on a plan they created with the assistance of an architect, the home’s square footage covers about 7,000 square feet.
“We’re very happy with everything,” she said. “We found a couple of plans online we liked and asked the architect to turn them into one plan. He told us to go home with a plain piece of paper and draw up what we wanted and he’d make it work. And, he did.”
Leading into the home is the foyer with a comfortable chair in a soft blue hue and a cream sofa. “I never would’ve put furniture in an entryway, but now it’s my dog’s favorite sofa,” Marcia laughed. Amy’s creative eye led her to several pieces that became the basis for the color scheme.
To the right of the front door lies the dining room. It’s one of those rooms where you feel like everything is perfectly put together. Grass cloth paper contributes to the elegance and the window treatments coordinate with the dining room chair coverings. “The seamstress is local who created these window treatments; in fact, she did all of the ones in the house and even some of the pillows,” Marcia said. The table and chairs came from the family’s previous home and Amy brought in additional chairs and a side board. She had the existing dining room chairs covered to coordinate with the draperies.
“We set up a Houzz and a Pinterest board and I’d post pictures of things I liked for Amy to see so she could see my taste. She’d then post things she was thinking of buying for us and I could tell her yes or no,” Marcia explained. “That was pretty much how we did it.” Their collaboration created an inviting space that’s formal, but not so much that the family is afraid to use it.
“When I started this house, I told Amy I wanted the French Country look,” she said. “When Amy started sending me pictures of French Country, I thought it was way too fancy. But, I liked rustic, exposed brick and the light blue and grey colors together.” The family loves the combination and its very livable style. Off-white trim is used in place of a bright white to complete the color scheme.
“That was a big point for us; everything had to be comfortable,” she continued. “When you’ve got two kids and the dog, you need to be able to take your shoes off, come in and everybody be perfectly at ease.”
An engineered wide plank, textured floor in a dark shade of rich cocoa anchors the downstairs and isn’t likely to show wear easily. It’s paired with the same wood-look tile you encounter on the upstairs porch. “We just loved it so much, I wanted to put it everywhere,” Marcia said. The tile appears in the laundry and mud rooms and pairs well with the exposed brick look they used to great effect in a number of locations throughout the home.
“It’s a brick tile that’s the same as the brick on the outside of the house, so it all matches,” Marcia said when describing the walls. “My builder was a little nervous when we told him we wanted all these brick walls throughout the house, and he had me verify that the brick tiles go on the wall just like a regular tile would be applied.”
The mud room has cubbies assigned to each family member and it’s a great way to corral the messiness of life without bringing it any further into the home. Book bags, jackets and shoes can go here and remain organized. A small, built-in desk gives extra space to maintain correspondence.
The full scale kitchen has a massive center island with leathered granite and a prep sink. Polished granite is installed on the other countertops and gives quite the contrast in textures. “I love my kitchen,” she enthused. “The leathered granite is great, you can take stuff right out of the oven, you can cut on it, you can do anything. The local granite guys off Shop Road in Columbia sent me to Charlotte to look at the huge, big slabs at the supplier and I found the perfect ones. It was worth the trip.”
With space any chef would adore, the double island treatment works by giving a bar area that separates the kitchen from the family room with three beautiful arches.
Tons of storage, two dishwashers, a double oven, stove and microwave drawer all made by Wolf and the Sub Zero refrigerator are ready for heavy duty cooking.
A built-in bench seat makes this kitchen an eat-in space and it’s decorated with matching draperies, pillows, bench seat and chair coverings, courtesy of Amy once again.
A butler’s pantry with separate ice maker gives the family a serving area to stage for parties and entertaining occasions. Oil rubbed bronze fixtures are found here and throughout the home.
The screened porch on the rear of the home is replete with an outdoor kitchen, plenty of seating and televisions on both ends. Brown is the dominant color and the wood-look tile lives here as well. An integrated sound system and a stained wood ceiling help to make this Steve’s favorite room in the house. “The sun never shines directly in here, so it’s not too hot,” Marcia said.
The sensational home the Burch family imagined has been realized beautifully. Marcia credits Amy for her thoughtful approach and her willingness to get to know the family’s wants and needs so well. “We worked together so easily and I couldn’t have put this home together without her.”