Award-winning designer completes Mt Laurel showcase home
By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer
No two homes are alike, award-winning interior designer Kay Green explained. Each project takes on a character and life of its own. Green recently put the finishing touches on her Mt Laurel project, completing the interior design of the Mt Laurel Designer Showcase Model Home.
Green begins each model home project by creating a fictional family. Inspired by the town and residents of Mt Laurel, Green designed the Mt Laurel model home for a family of four.
“Mom and dad are in their early- to mid-40s, and they love entertaining,” Green said of the fictional residents of 110 Burnham Street.
The home features Mt Laurel’s latest Cherry Laurel floor plan, complete with an open living space, master suite, guest room and study downstairs and children’s rooms and a den upstairs.
“First of all, architecturally, I think this house is so special,” Green said. “I love this (downstairs living) area because it’s all so open. You can use it for dining and entertaining.”
The model home showcases many of the options for customization available to prospective homeowners, including built-in shelving and storage space.
“(The home) showcases everything you can do to customize your home,” EBSCO Development Company Marketing and Community Relations Manager Julianna Vance explained.
In addition, the model home displays the latest interior design trends in the Birmingham market.
“The Birmingham market is interesting because it’s very sophisticated… (and) in some ways perhaps a little more conservative,” Green said.
The interior of the home has a light, effortlessly elegant feel with cream-colored walls, light cabinets and white granite countertops, accented with dark curtains and beautiful chandelier fixtures.
The family’s personality comes alive with pops of color in the girl’s room, a built-in dog bed in the den and fishing-inspired decor in the boy’s room.
“I want, first and foremost, to give decorating ideas. I want (visitors) to be inspired,” Green said. “I want to give them quick and easy ideas.”
Each item in the home, from furnishings and light fixtures to countertops and tile, is locally sourced in the Birmingham area.
“We don’t show anything in the house that you can’t buy yourself,” Green said.
The home is Mt Laurel’s first model home in several years, Vance explained. The home will be available for visitors to walk through and the finished basement will house Mt Laurel’s design center, where future homeowners can select each option of their home.
“It lives really well, it’s perfect for a family,” Vance said of Green’s model home design. “She’s thought of every detail.”
The 110 Burnham Street home also was entered in the 2015 Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders Parade of Homes in May.