Owsley Lifestyle

Featured Case Study – Owsley Lifestyle

We carried out this project in Louisville’s most prestigious high-rise building overlooking Cherokee Park. The building restrictions for this structure—which Fredrick Law Olmsted designed—posed some initial challenges for the team.

Our goals were to capture the feel of our client’s Fifth Avenue apartment overlooking Central Park in New York and to bring more natural light to the space.


We knew we wanted to maximize the number of windows to allow natural light into the interior rooms, which involved adding transoms while preserving the architectural elements found in pre-war NYC apartment buildings.

We installed double pediment Georgian mantles, crown molding, wainscoting, paneled libraries, black and white flooring in the entry, and parquet flooring to complete the feel. We also added back splashes, English portrait lighting in the library, and mirrored bathrooms and bedrooms to give the illusion of more light.

“Lee’s abilities are unmatched as a designer. He was able to take things I grew up with and had all of my life and made them look new.”

Inspired by the client’s preference for a French color palette, we selected French Aubusson rugs to use as foundation in the rooms. This selection, in turn, dictated the fabric choices, which included opulent textures like silks, velvets, and brocades.

Finishing touches included silk cording and the same fabric used in renovating the Paris Ritz-Carlton. We also installed a beautiful hand-painted wallpaper from England called De Gournay, which gave depth and dimension to a room that might otherwise have seemed less ample.