Kenilworth Mews Lane is named for its proximity to nearby Kenilworth Road
and the historic Herrick Mews carriage house district, listed on the National
Register of Historic Places. The site is the former “Lowridge” estate
of William Lowe Rice (2300 Overlook), which was demolished in 1950 to make way
for the adjacent Waldorf Towers, and this property remained open space until
construction for this neighborhood began in 2004. The eclectic architecture
of this home, completed in 2007, reflects the scale and materials of the nearby
carriage houses and seeks to blend into the larger historic neighborhood. Its
design is influenced by the Arts and Crafts style in its windows and the mixture
of many natural materials such as stone, brick and wood shingles. The Lane was
developed by Paran Management and designed by Lowenstein Durante Architects.
In walking distance from local neighborhoods of Cedar-Fairmount and Little
Italy, perched atop Cedar Hill, this home is a tranquil spot in a busy area.
The center of a three-unit cluster at the end of the lane, #10 faces east to
the lane and west to a sheltering stand of trees. New construction provided
a clean slate for the interior design and decorating decisions of the homeowner.
Enter through a gracious foyer with Asian-inspired art and furnishings. A powder
room continues the theme. From the foyer, enjoy the view to the backyard through
a succession of archways, opening the space up progressively. A wide topaz and
tan granite island holds court in the kitchen. Copper fixtures, backsplash tiles,
and floor tiles were selected to infuse a Tuscan style, and the white paneled
cabinets brighten the space. The floors of the dining and living rooms are ebony-stained
maple, grounding the space, and balancing the brightness of the room; French
doors with sidelights and arched transom bring light into the dining room, and
light pours through an array of twelve windows in the double-height living room.
The fireplace features a green tile surround and sandstone-faced chimney, canted
inwards as it climbs to the high ceiling. The homeowner added function and style
with a custom built-in bar in the living room. The French doors open onto a
custom patio, sheltered by the existing trees.
Upstairs, the floor plan was tailored to provide a loft sitting room overlooking
the living room and staircase. The décor in this room evokes a time when
the British style incorporated that of their colonial outposts in Africa; a
Kittinger desk stands next to various estate-sale furniture, and dark furniture
is accented with animal prints. A niche in the loft features artwork and gives
flow toward the bedroom areas.
The guest room welcomes with a yellow-on-yellow scheme, accented with louvered
shutters on the window, and ensuite bath. Bird motifs bring whimsy to the décor
of the master bedroom, appearing in the wallpaper and accessories. The star
of the home is the master bath: the white marble floor is punctuated with a
circular medallion pattern, echoing the ceiling inlay directly above, centered
with a glass chandelier. Mirrors line the entire walls above the vanity. Terra
cotta-colored marble tiles line the face of the shower.
• Paintings throughout the home complementing the architecture
• A dramatic black-laquer four-poster bed in the master bedroom
• Glass light fixtures throughout the home