A collection of African masks makes a bold statement in this 2,600-square-foot, two-story colonial home, located in Shaker Heights’ Fernway neighborhood, where Dawn Cook’s client lives with her high school- and college-aged children.
An insurance executive who moonlights as a yoga teacher, the homeowner was looking for a redesign of her first-floor living room, entryway and dining room. She wanted her home to feature a sophisticated place to host business networking events and serve as a comfortable space to relax with her kids.
“She didn’t want it so fancy and formal that nobody would want to hang out there,” says Cook, co-owner of BLDC Design Studio in Shaker Heights.
So, Cook focused on enhancing the home’s unique architectural characteristics and drawing attention to items meaningful to the homeowner to create a classic, chic design.