home of distinction
CRESS SET OUT TO DESIGN a home that was
“cool or groovy.” That meant a West-meets-
East vibe, with California-inspired modern,
clean details mixed with warm elements bor-rowed
from coastal Carolina, particularly in
the use of wood throughout.
The blend is seen in the sunken living
area, Cress’ favorite room and the one he calls “the heart and soul of
the house.” A stained concrete floor adds character and defines the
space. Oak columns and baseboards provide warmth.
“It’s inspired by industrial modern in here, but in a soft palette
instead of a museum kind of sterile atmosphere,” Cress says. “It’s the
livability of a modern design.”
Jessica contributed her ideas to the décor, including the use of
gray and white furnishings.
“I’m about keeping it clean and simple,” she says. “It’s about figur-ing
out the right balance, where less is more. You don’t want a ton of
stuff everywhere. That wouldn’t complement the home.”
Vintage concrete molds from India decorate the wall above the
WBM october 2017