A Modern Take on Timeless

Builder: Jordan and Josh Cain, Cain Development, LLC

Interior designer: Ashley Stinson, Cain Development, LLC


In this European-influenced construction, neutral color palettes, antique accents, and a thoughtful layout come together to create a classic home that is sure to stand the test of time. To start, the home’s painted brick façade mixed with natural stone lends a charming appeal. Custom-made shutters true to the European styling are installed on sliding hardware, allowing them to function on either side of the second-story windows. Bringing life to the roofline, century-old copper finials are a subtle yet tasteful element that pulls the design of the exterior together. Ashley Stinson, interior designer at Cain Development, LLC, explains, “Our goal with every project is to make it as unique as possible, and one way we do this is by blending old and new. The copper finials actually came from a salvage shop in Virginia, and they really provide the perfect finishing touch.”


By Mary Beth Wallace

Photos Courtesy of Cain Development, LLC / By Philip Slowiak


The home’s stately exterior gives way to a more informal atmosphere indoors. The Cain brothers believe that ceilings are for making bold statements, and the ceiling of this formal dining room is no exception. “We knew we wanted something dramatic in the dining room,” explains Josh Cain, builder at Cain Development, LLC. “The end result was these beautiful wood beams we installed across the ceiling. The beams add definition to the open floor plan and really provide warmth to the dining room.”  To see more from Cain Development, LLC, visit caindevelopment.org.

Stunning in its simplicity, this kitchen is the ideal blank canvas with its monochromatic look. Jutting through the center of the kitchen is a long and narrow island topped with a white quartz countertop. White shaker-style cabinetry and a subway tile backsplash reinforce the monochromatic theme, while above the sink, a small greenery wreath adds a splash of color. Cool stainless-steel, seen in the range hood, double ovens, and dishwasher, offers up a hint of industrial chic.

Steps away from the kitchen are a cozy dining nook and even cozier seating area in front of a double-sided fireplace, clad with a matte porcelain tile. “The double-sided fireplace is one of my favorite features in the entire house,” Stinson shares. “It establishes such a beautiful space and really grounds the room. I can just imagine sitting there and having a cup of coffee in the morning! It’s details like these that matter the most, that take a standard room and turn it into something timeless and unique.”


Appliances and lighting and plumbing fixtures: Ferguson

Countertops: Granite Warehouse

The same gray-washed hardwood flooring used throughout the home’s main level continues into the living room. Here, a wooden single-blade fan punctuates the extra-high ceiling and serves as both a functional fan and a focal point. With the help of a set of French doors, this sun-soaked space is transformed into a bright and airy retreat. Complementary white furniture, a faux marble coffee table, and the mantel’s modern abstract painting play beautifully with the room’s contemporary design. Minimal décor keeps the space feeling fresh and uncluttered.


Brick, stone, and tile: Acme Brick, Tile & Stone

Furniture: featherlane design co. llc

Another double-sided fireplace – this one wrapped in white shiplap – can be found in the master suite. Along with the bedroom’s soft hues, this feature evokes a sense of tranquility and comfort. The bedroom itself is a masterclass in layering textures – pieces like the Persian rug, tufted headboard, faux fur pillow and throw, and wicker accents work to create a dynamic design. Also of note is the bedroom’s tongue and groove tray ceiling, finished in a custom wash to give it a beautiful aged appearance; like in the dining room, this ceiling plays a major role in the overall aesthetic of the room.

The accompanying bathroom’s linear layout gives it a sleek, streamlined look. This room continues the home’s neutral color palette, although the oversized shower’s geometric tile accents keep the design interesting. An elegant freestanding tub is purposefully situated in front of the fireplace, homing in on the spa-like feel of the space.

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