Modern Mediterranean

PHOTOS BY JAMES PATTERSON

A NEW HOME IN MADISON EVOKES STREAMLINED SEASIDE STYLE

A single stroke of lightning caused the home that once sat on this Madison property to burn to the ground. But after years of planning and construction, a stunning new abode has risen from the ashes.

Anthony Ritter, owner of Glo Design Studio in Jackson, had worked with the homeowner for many years, so he was happy to step in and help even as the building process was beginning. Ritter and Glo interior designer Grace Massey made minor adjustments to the original plans to improve function and aesthetics in the home, which has a contemporary Mediterranean look with arching windows, soaring ceilings and stunning stonework.

From the start, Ritter and Massey focused on making this home fit its owner’s style and needs. An avid traveler, the client requested a home that would feel like a luxury resort.

“HE PREFERS A MODERN AESTHETIC, AND HE LIKES CLEAN, UNCLUTTERED SPACES,” says Ritter.

“It was a challenge in this house because some of the rooms are so large, and we didn’t want them to feel like a lobby in a big office building. The mission was to make it clean and bright but not sterile.” The dramatic design begins the moment guests step through the arched double front doors. In the entry, Ritter and Massey created a custom mosaic floor design us- ing Lagos Azul limestone, statuary marble and London gray limestone. The stones here and throughout the house were sourced from JTM Stone & Tile in Jackson.

A pair of curving metal staircases rises up from the entryway to the second story and frames guests’ path into the home’s most striking space—the grand salon. In this room, which commands atten- tion with its 26-foot coffered ceiling, Ritter and Massey designed a tall fireplace enrobed in 2 x 4-foot porcelain tiles and featuring a floating Lagos Azul limestone hearth bench. With such open spaces, the Glo team wanted to maintain a cool neutral color palette throughout, so they selected soft hues of pale gray including Sherwin-Williams’ “Mindful Gray” on walls and elongated porcelain tiles for floors throughout the downstairs living areas. Furnishings in this massive room include Thayer Coggin suede and antique gold T-back chairs and silver frosted chen- ille sofas, all atop a hand-dyed wool rug. Occasional tables, including a banded end table and a quartz console table, repeat the chairs’ golden accents.

Flanking the foyer are the dining area and formal living room, smaller in size than the grand salon but equally polished. “We wanted it to be warm,” says Ritter of the dining room, where he placed a glass- top pedestal table that seats up to eight and anchored the space with a silk and wool Shibui rug. A painting by Mississippi artist Kristin Phelps hangs above a low-slung cabinet with a gilded geometric pattern. A matching cabinet was used in the formal living room, where this time it is paired with a Leslie Ridgeway painting and accompanied by a plush metallic-flecked boucle sofa and contemporary Barry Dixon chairs.

Fantastic form meets culinary function in the kitchen, where Terry Holtsinger of Kitchen Kreators designed the layout and planned cabinet systems featuring extensive storage that stretches to the ceiling. Ritter selected linear chandeliers featuring crystal discs and LED bulbs to hang above the bar and island, and he hung the two fixtures in opposite directions to match the orientation of the mystery white marble countertops beneath.

In addition to other living spaces including a cozy masculine den and a club room that serves as a hotspot for games and casual entertaining, the first floor is also home to the master suite, which encompasses a teal-accented sitting area as well as the bedroom and marble-wrapped master bath. Ritter and Massey designed the unique wenge wood and pearlized leather bed here and created custom window treatments in a cool cotton/linen fabric. “HE WANTED TO FEEL LIKE HE WAS IN A WONDERFUL MODERN HOTEL,” Ritter says. “This suite is designed to be so comfortable that he could stay there all day if he wanted to.”

While this home was being built and decorated, the homeowner took up temporary residence in a guesthouse on the property. That space is next on the list for a redesign, Ritter says.

“THIS PROJECT WAS REALLY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE VISION OF GLO,” says Ritter. “IT’S MODERN, CLEAN AND TIMELESS. THE OVERALL FEEL IS EFFORTLESS, EASY AND LIGHT. SO IT WAS A THRILL TO HELP IT ALL COME TOGETHER.”