Built by Timber Trails Development Company and designed by Julie Howard (previously featured here – a must-see post!, here, here, here & here), this townhouse was designed really for empty-nesters downsizing and wanting to maintain really high-end finishes. Here, the interior designer shares some insights:
“The Oxford at Timber Trails is a large ranch style townhome located in Western Springs, a suburb about 20 miles outside of Chicago. This townhouse was designed for someone who wants the ease of a smaller space without having to compromise on the quality and details of the finishes. The dramatic yet neutral color scheme made the perfect backdrop for multiple photo shoots and even a television commercial. The sophisticated and chic black, gold, and white elevate this dramatic home. We hope you enjoy this tour of the house we built to showcase creative and awe-inspiring design.” – Julie Howard, In-house designer for Timber Trails Development Company.
The exterior of this beautiful townhouse features a grey brick. Brick is Sioux City Aztec White.
Hardie siding in Cobblestone.
Hardie Trim painted Linen – matched to Mastic aluminum sample #44.
Dimensional shingle asphalt roof with metal roof details in Pewter Gray.
Because this townhouse has another unit attached, the kitchen of this home does not have a window in the prep area. We used floating shelves over the kitchen sink to create an open and airy feeling where one usually has a window. If we would have carried the cabinets all around the boxy shaped room it would have felt very closed up and boring. The shelves add so much interest and depth to the kitchen.
Kitchen Dimensions: 11’x13’
Kitchen cabinetry is painted in Classic Grey by Benjamin Moore (which reads as an off-white).
Paneled appliances give this kitchen a seamless look. Refrigerator is Thermador built-in fridge with custom panels.
Cabinets by Palos Fine Carpentry.
Fitting this bar by the refrigerator comes as a blessing when the homeowners are entertaining – and can use this space as a butler’s pantry – or simply preparing their coffee every morning.
“Some people will actually use kitchen floating shelves to hold their utility items and grab at them like a chef at a restaurant. I however, like to save that stuff for closed cabinets and use the floating shelves as an area to style like a bookcase. Using frames leaning and stacked up against each other creates a really nice look along side your more traditional kitchen items”. – Julie Howard.
Sconces over floating shelves are Visual Comfort.
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Countertop is Caesarstone Statuario Maximus.
Faucet: Delta Faucet.
The kitchen off-white cabinets are inset-style, custom-designed and crafted.
Although this is not a big kitchen, it certainly offers plenty of storage space.
The trim paint color is Benjamin Moore Simply White – a very popular white paint color.
The butler’s pantry features black cabinetry and black floating shelves, painted in Benjamin Moore Black.
Sconces over floating shelves in butler’s pantry are Visual Comfort.
Wall color is Benjamin Moore OC-23 Classic Gray.
Ceiling Lighting: Arteriors.
Sconces: Arteriors – Discontinued.
Planter: here – similar.
The kitchen opens to bright and sunny dining area.
Furniture, Artwork, and Rug from Walter E Smithe.
Tall windows and doors with transoms bring plenty of natural light in, making this home feel expansive and welcoming.
I am loving this lively and happy color scheme!
We created the mantle with flat boards and crown molding to create a modern clean look. The surround stone is Caesarstone Statuario Maximus.
Accent chair is by Bernhardt.
The home office features extensive millwork using panel molding and then having the whole room painted semi-gloss of Benjamin Moore Black – this works because the room has a southern exposure and fills with light. It creates a moody space that catches your eye as you walk down the hall.
Lighting: Visual Comfort.
Table: Home Decorators (many years ago) – similar here.
The vanity is custom-designed and crafted by Palos Fine Carpentry. Cabinet paint color is Benjamin Moore Ozark Shadows.
Wall Paint Color – Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore.
Bathroom Faucet: Delta – in Chrome.
Faucet: Moen Dartmoor Faucet in Chrome (on sale).
Countertop: Misty Carara Caesarstone countertop.
Floor Tile: White Penny Tile floor with Whisper Grey grout.
Wall Tile: White subway tile with Whisper Grey grout.
Mirror: HomeGoods – similar here.
In the master bedroom, a dramatic black accent wall with custom paneling, beautifully contrasts with a soothing decor.
“I used 1x4s over drywall and then a small cove molding around the edges. The whole wall was then sprayed semi-gloss in black. The project cost is minimal on supplies but the layout took hours so labor cost is high”. – Julie Howard
Accent Wall Paint Color – Benjamin Moore Black.
A gold ring table lamp beautifully accentuates the black nightstand.
Wall color is Benjamin Moore Classic Gray and trim continues to be Benjamin Moore Simply White.
Chair – Walter E Smithe – similar here.
Mirror: here – similar
“The master bath was inspired by the black and white marble Greek key design. For years I would look at the 4”x12” decorative accent piece at The Tile Shop and wonder how to incorporate it into a spec house. When designing this townhouse, it started to take on a black, white, and gold color scheme and I thought the Greek key would be perfect. Adding a different mosaic tile to the center of the tile rug was bold, but I think it really brought the whole look together”. – Julie Howard
Wall Paint Color – Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore.
Countertop: Caesarstone Countertops in Statuario Maximus.
Bathroom Cabinetry: The inset bathroom cabinet is painted in Benjamin Moore Black. Cabinets are custom-designed and crafted by Palos Fine Carpentry.
“The sconces from Arteriors are my absolute favorite right now! They are so fun and architectural and really elevate the whole bathroom”.
Faucets: Delta in Champagne Bronze
The glass shower features marble subway wall and floor tiles and it’s accented with black greek key border tiles.
Shower Fixtures: Delta.
The basement features a Family Room with fireplace and a large bar area.
Fireplace Surround: Caesarstone Rugged Concrete
We created a focal wall behind the bar area using 1x4s and cove molding. The boxes give the area dimension without closing in the area the way a wall of cabinetry would have.
Bar Countertop with waterfall edge – Caesarstone Rugged Concrete.
Faucet – Kohler Bar Faucet in Polished Nickel.
“The mudroom of this house is actually a hallway that connects the bedrooms, the garage, and the laundry room. There is not a closed off area where mess can accumulate. We needed to make sure the mudroom had more than just hooks and a bench. That would get very messy to walk past every day. We had custom built-ins made that hide all the mess. We painted it black so that it felt like a large piece of furniture in a white hallway. The board and batten on the walls gives an architectural feel but also helps to protect the walls in a high traffic area”. – Julie Howard
The full length mirror and gold fixtures really make this mudroom area sophisticated and chic.
Sconces: Visual Comfort.
The black mudroom cabinet is painted in Benjamin Moore Black and it features honed Absolute Granite ledge.
The hardwood flooring is Oak with 50/50 Classic Grey and Espresso – stain color – similar: here.
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