A Mountain Home couple trades grand for cozy in a new-construction home designed by their sister-in-law
Above: As with many entry spaces, the foyer sets the tone for this house: comfortable and classic yet interesting. Designer Jill Lawrence notes that a veined travertine tile is a “nice little showstopper” underfoot, while iron lanterns hang from the beadboard ceiling and echo the black seen on the interior mullions of the windows.
When you hear designer Jill Lawrence describe her sister- and brother-in-law—Judy and Dr. George Lawrence—and their children, you get an immediate impression of happiness and togetherness. “They move as a unit; they cheer each other on; and they really participate fully in each other’s lives, so there’s not a lot of time by themselves,” she says of the family of five. With that mind, the quintet wanted to be tucked into a house that, while still gracious in size, has a floor plan that makes each space feel like a casual, comfortable retreat; a place that invites shared dinners, conversations, and downtime….