It seems a long way from the windswept Oklahoma prairie to the English countryside, but not if you linger at the Fairway home of Steve and Kristen Patton.
Here amidst the tartan and houndstooth, deep Jacobean colors, and comfy leather sofas, you can curl up with not one, but three dogs—Schnitzel and Godiva, the dachshunds, and Rat, the mix of Chihuahua and Yorkie known as a “chorkie.”
This blend of English country chic and American comfort is where Steve, Kristen and their son, Joe, call home.
It has been a work in progress. Ten years ago, realtor Reed Brinton showed Kristen Patton a 1960s “ranch-y colonial” with four big rooms up and four big rooms down. “I wanted a house that I could remodel,” Patton recalls. Brinton connected her with designer Mark Sudermann, who helped her envision what was possible. The couple bought the house.
The family lived in it for a year, then began remodeling with Sudermann’s guidance. They changed the front elevation to more of a Tudor look. The former maid’s quarters in the back of the house became part of the expanded kitchen. The fireplace in the den was moved from the back of the house to the west side, so the room could have a view of the backyard. Beams came down in place of a coffered ceiling in mahogany.
And everywhere, the colors deepened to the “muddy” tones that Patton loves best: terra-cotta, moss, leather, burnt umber and camel.
“I have all my mementos on display,” says Patton. “I don’t want things in a box in the basement.” Around the house, you’ll see Joe’s christening gown in a frame, a collection of family teacups in the kitchen, Steve’s mother’s silver-plate trays in a wall grouping in the dining room.
“If it’s anything familial, she loves it,” says Sudermann.
Comfortable and familial, yet also exacting and painstaking. Patton made foam-board models of some of the rooms to convey precisely what she had in mind.
You get a sense of the family’s style as soon as you walk in the front door. An ebony Jacobean-style console displays a gourd-shaped lamp in cinnabar as well as Steve’s mother’s Imari charger. Along the wall, four 19th-century-style dog caricatures hint at the furry friends who also live here.
In the terra-cotta living room, a framed kilt takes center stage. “When we were in Scotland, we tried to find a tartan that both of our families might have worn and this was it,” says Patton. A brown velvet tufted sofa and blue and camel plaid armchairs cozy up to the leather trunk that serves as a coffee table.
One of Sudermann’s design ideas was to layer rugs over the dark oak floors. He favors woven mountain grass “because we can make it the size we need it to be,” he says, overlaid with Persian carpets in many sizes and patterns. “Layering gives the feeling of being acquired over time,” he says.
In the den, a moss-green upholstered settee sits across from two antique Belgian dining chairs. “This is where we might play a game or where Joe can do his homework,” says Patton.
A grouping of prints over the leather sofa offers a visual history of where the family has lived: Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Wichita, Lawrence, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Franklin, Tennessee. Two lamps with bases like antique telescopes and metallic print shades are vintage, from Steve’s grandmother, but look right at home. Arturo Duque did the custom painting and stained the cabinetry. Two sculptural wingback chairs are unusually upholstered in a medallion print with suede trim. Details like English silver biscuit boxes, a book press and needlepoint pillows lend a timeless feel.
She also repurposed crimson embroidered-silk draperies with tassel trim in the dining room. A long rustic dining table is surrounded by chairs in an antique paisley pattern.
Sudermann had the ceiling painted a dark brown to further enhance the mood. “The ceiling is the fifth wall in a room,” he says, “and too often we ignore it.”
The couple likes to start their day with coffee and end their day with a glass of red wine, sitting on two club chairs near the pine armoire that houses the coffee station just off the kitchen proper. Beyond the sitting area, the kitchen, designed by Regarding Kitchens, boasts complementary finishes, from the antiqued cream cabinetry to the walnut-topped island, the base painted a moss green. Granite countertops in browns and cream pick up the oil-rubbed bronze finish of the sink and faucets.
“I don’t want to see my appliances or see a mess,” says Patton. She loves the deep farm sink that will hide a large sheet pan soaking in the bottom, and she loves the view to the backyard through the glass shelves of teacups.
“We’re going on ten years of working together,” Patton says about Sudermann. “Mark makes our home feel acquired over time, and we love that.”
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