The work of a true visual artist is meant to activate the emotions of those experiencing their art. Whether the artist wishes to provide the user with a sense of curiosity, concern or comfort is up to the artist. Beginning in the 18th century, the Neoclassical movement combined architectural elements from the past Italian styles, combined with the desire to bring simplicity and order during the Age of Enlightenment. Painting, sculpture, and architecture were the ways in which Neoclassicism was most obviously presented, and such an expression exists among the natural rolling hills and placid lakes of east Tennessee. Presented here is a private estate surrounded on three sides by Fort Loudoun Lake in Taylor's Pointe.Although harkening back to the 1700's the featured Custom Architectural Estate was designed in 2003, with final phases completed in 2010 and contains all the 21st century comforts one would expect in a 12,500 square foot custom home such as this. Greeting its owner upon entering the gated, precisely laid paver drive is a lavish, manicured garden punctuated by a French-inspired fountain. And the entrance of the home is a precursor to the quality to be expected within, with its hand-carved, solid marble columns of the sheltered portico. The landscaping complements the color palette of the home, especially at night, when the lighting highlights both nature and structure.But the artist is just beginning the masterpiece. When the main entrance doors swing open, a magnificent, two-story foyer with custom glass, a winding iron staircase, and an open view of the lake beyond is revealed. A touch of color and softness is added by the silk wall coverings and the custom wool carpets by Lacey Champion, that perfectly draw your eye to the marble and solid Brazilian cherry wood floors. Drawing the eye up the canvas, you'll appreciate the Sherle Wagner marble and gold fixtures and the detail of the custom millwork. The area is illuminated with state-of-the-art Lutron lighting controls, and of course, automated shades make creating the perfect, natural light as simple as pushing a button.And as one would expect in Neoclassical tradition, coffered ceilings allow for a special artistic depth in the foyer. But as you continue into the dining hall, keep your gaze raised in anticipation of the gold leaf ceiling, surrounded by padded silk walls, lending itself to a room ready for conversation. There is also art in the preparation of the meal to be served, and the chef's canvas is a 2-person kitchen of lacquer-finished burled wood, granite, and cherry cabinetry with a crystal finish. All artists need a place to keep their tools, and this kitchen has multiple pantries including a separate Butler's pantry, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and hidden storage throughout.The stately office boasts wood covered walls and ceilings but is designed specifically to let the natural light brighten the room. Custom cabinetry completes the area, creating an atmosphere where the work of the day can be completed in fine style. The balconies of the home are copper-lined and are accessible via a marble banister circular stairway that winds between the home's levels.Sometimes, the artist wishes to step back from creating and recharge. That is the purpose of the open, relaxed keeping area. The art of fine audio is appreciated with a surround sound system with a backdrop of the pool and lake, and refreshments are easy to prepare with a wet bar and wine chiller. In the right wing of the home there is a rec room for games, exercise, or enjoy the sauna after a dip in the pool. The aluminum sunroom provides weather-resistance and pool access.And when it's time to retire for the day, the main-level primary bedroom has a gallery view of the water with direct access to the pool. There is plenty of storage and a gas fireplace adds ambiance to the room. Travel to the primary bath to experience a touch of gold and crystal in the elegant, custom fixtures.
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