graceful neutrals Designer, Dawn met the owners of the Colby residence during her college days. After living in their Shaker Heights residence for nearly a decade, they reached out to their dear friend to help them bring it to life.
low-country roots Having grown up in the south, the owner wanted to infuse a little tradition into the design. Walls were moved, fireplaces reconstructed and architectural millwork installed. A vintage vent that once lived in a Cleveland mansion on Millionaires' Row was reimagined as a fireplace screen.
one room at a time The transformation took place over the course of a few years. Each room is multi-purpose, like a living room intended to hold pretty things and be a cozy family space as well. Continuity was achieved through color and tone.
The couple renovated their home library into a pleasant haven. Taking inspiration from other areas of the home, Dawn continued the palette of blue but opted for a more saturated hue. Old paneling was removed and the ceiling covered with a metallic paint. The orientation of the room was updated to make way for custom peacock blue built-ins and updated lighting. Shelves were filled with familiar relics sparking memories and contemplation.
Recently, the couple completed their many-year renovation with their basement. The ceiling height was elevated for openness. A new bath and Murphy bed in place for guests. Above the fireplace, custom built-ins covered windows and installed bar fit for gathering. Renovation included entryway, living room, library, basement, dining room, family room, kitchen, master bath and multiple bedrooms.
designer dawn cook