Photography by Sara Reeves
Martha and Dan Lusk created a contemporary chateau with builder Mary Jane Herr in the heart of Chenal – combining Old World elegance with modern amenities that welcome guests with Southern hospitality and personal style.
This new construction in The Arbors boasts open living spaces that reflect the relaxed, casual gathering of family and friends that the Lusks enjoy most. Its rustic accents blend seamlessly into the home – providing a sense of history + heritage.
Martha and Dan worked closely with builder Mary Jane Herr to bring her adoration of European-inspired design into the architecture of the home – featuring native stone and reclaimed wood throughout the interior and exterior elements. Expansive glass windows and doors, supplied by Kaufman Lumber, provide an abundance of natural light bringing the outdoors inside, another key consideration for the couple.
In collaboration with a San Francisco designer, Martha curated French fabrics for the upholstery and drapes – adding an authenticity to the home’s hints of European antiquity.
Martha’s Style Advice:
Choose from the heart – it reflects your personality.
This open floor plan feels cozy with defined spaces that encourage fellowship yet comfortably accommodate a crowd. Attention to decorative details, such as favorite books and fresh flowers, adds sincerity to any space.
A festive array of furniture, texture and color welcomes guests and beckons hospitality. This neutral color palette plays well with pops of French hues + blues
Tip: Whimsical additions throughout the home reflect the family adventures + travel memorabilia.
Lighting and textiles are important architectural elements in the home. The repurposed wood countertop coupled with the antique finish of the cabinets and era-appropriate cast iron accents resonates with Old World appeal and charm.
Martha discovered this antique fireplace screen and knew it would make the perfect addition in her home. Its creative placement in the kitchen reflects her panache for the unexpected.
Martha’s Style Advice:
Dare to be different.
Create a sense of serenity + tranquility in a home spa with dedicated space for a vanity and dressing area. Elegant accessories and fresh flowers bring nature indoors for a complete get-away experience.
Tip: Personal space, like the laundry room and bathrooms, deserve equal attention to detail.