Jacy and Kevin Kelly had never lived in an urban loft-style home before. Yet, when the couple put their traditional, Charleston-style row home up for sale in Fort Mill’s booming Baxter Village in 2011, they knew their next home would feature a more modern, urban aesthetic. “We wanted to go modern and funky,” says Jacy. “We live in the suburbs but we knew we wanted something a bit more urban and industrial on the inside.”
So when their home sold within a few weeks of being on the market, the couple’s plans for their new abode moved into high gear. They purchased a lot in Baxter’s River Arts District and enlisted Jeanine DeVaney with Charlotte Invironment to draw their architectural plans. Though the interior would have an industrial-meets-modern look, the façade would be Dutch Colonial, inspired by Kevin’s upbringing in upstate New York. “We wanted something modern but not harsh,” says Jacy. “We still wanted it to feel comfortable. We like the industrial touches but didn’t want to go overboard.” Eight months after breaking ground, the Kellys and their two children, Painter, 6, and Lucy, 3, moved in in August 2012.
In keeping with the urban loft aesthetic, the first floor boasts a large, open space, which includes a living room, dining room, and kitchen; an adjacent mudroom and sitting room complete the first floor. Thrice-finished black oak hardwoods run throughout while white walls allow the accessories, artwork, and furniture—such as the large canvas artwork above the dining room table that Jacy’s mother painted—to pop. An oversize barndoor serves as a separation from the living space and the mudroom. The kitchen, though, is the highlight: sleek, white, floor-to-ceiling cabinets from IKEA complement the aqua penny tile and honed black granite counters. Two Harry Bertoia-style counter stools sit at the wood butcher-block island where the kids eat snacks and do homework. The open floorplan leads into an oversize mudroom complete with built-in cubbies and lockers, acid-stained concrete, and custom-fabricated raw metal handrailings, a subtle nod to the industrial-style look.
Upstairs, the master bedroom continues the sophisticated, transitional look with a black, white, and gray color palette with pops of yellow juxtaposed with natural fiber-like carpeting. The focal point wall boasts a modern gray grass cloth wall covering layered over a metallic gray paint by Sherwin-Williams. In the adjacent master bathroom, a large soaking tub by Victoria & Albert made from finely-ground volcanic limestone is framed by a mantle painted in gray while sleek black and white Carrara marble penny tile flooring finish off the modern vibe.
Down the hall are Painter’s and Lucy’s bedrooms as well as a large playroom. It’s here that an unintentional splitting of the room occurred—“One side is definitely more for the kids and the other for the adults,” explains Jacy. A Sherwin-Williams grass cloth wall covering unifies the two spaces while casual transitional pieces such as an ottoman reupholstered by Jacy in a Cynthia Rowley quilt and west elm sectional and drum pendant provide some fun to the space.
Jacy’s knack for DIY projects is highlighted in the guest bedroom where she repainted the headboards and dresser (all three Craig’s List finds), repainted the antler chandelier a bright turquoise, and created the chevron-inspired canvas painting for a colorful accent in the otherwise neutral, navy, orange, and white room. The modern look is juxtaposed with traditional, simple white matelassé coverlets and navy-and-white monogrammed pillows.
In the end, the home is exactly as the Kellys envisioned it when they first purchased the lot two years ago. “We wanted it to cater to our casual lifestyle even more,” says Jacy. “We didn’t want a much bigger house; we just wanted to use the space more wisely for us. We merged a lot of different styles and sometimes we just picked what we liked. [Building this house] gave us the chance to build something that was totally us.”