From shell to showpiece, behold the outstanding work of Creative Concepts senior designer Gail Lednum, who helped a Delaware neurosurgeon and wife realize their dream house
Creative Concepts of Ocean View and Lewes is regarded by many as a design-oriented furniture store. Based on the recent project of senior designer Gail Lednum for Dr. Kennedy Yalamanchili and his wife, Shanna, it’s easy to see why.
The classic three-story beach-house design with spectacular ocean views was created by architect Greg Hastings of Ocean View, while the 3,400 sq. ft. South Bethany structure was recently completed by Sussex County builder R.A. Bunting & Co.
Glass-paneled railings between levels suggests elegance as they overlook sumptuous hardwood flooring. Wool rugs banded in coastal colors were strategically deployed by Gail for maximum effect.
This is certainly true in the master suite, where a lush, three-inch-thick deep-pile carpet in white serves as the platform for the Stanley Coastal Living furniture scheme. The custom bedding includes fashionable Anna French fabrics by Thibaut in grays and whites with a Greek-key design on the duvet, as well as the matching king shams. A full wet bar with microwave, fridge and sink make the room the perfect getaway-within-a-getaway for this hardworking neurosurgeon and his spouse.
With seven bedrooms in all, there is not only plenty of space for Winston, Kaia and Lincoln — the Yalamanchilis’ children — but for visiting friends and relatives, too. In one of the guest bedrooms on the second-floor, the theme is clearly marine life, with octopuses and lobsters scuttling about on fabrics in teals and grays with pops of coral. Navy and white, meanwhile, serve as the classic nautical palette for another guest bedroom, which includes an iron-frame bed and throws depicting sand dollars and crabs.
In the great room, two large Four Seasons sofas in beige with oversized Larren Grey swivel chairs in dark teal and white, bearing a modified Greek-key pattern, beckon friends and family alike to come in and stay awhile. A Company C area rug in teal and gray with splashes of beige serves as the foundation of this eminently inviting space. The effect is galvanized by strong teal throws and a white pillow sporting medallions of celadon green and teal. Reclaimed wood furniture and a console table with rustic accent weave and four ottomans are tastefully positioned to create a finishing touch to the room.
“It wasn’t so much a beachy theme we were going for with this space,” revealed Gail, “but more of a sophisticated coastal, which I felt would be better-suited to the Yalamanchilis.”
The dining room, meanwhile, is equally special, with an enormous 70”x 90” custom-made farm-style distressed-wood dining table with double-thick top. Able to seat up to 14, the table is so large that it can easily support the custom-made lazy Susan perched at its center. A lovely octagonal area rug in sand, double-banded in dark and medium blue, supports the structure elegantly, while the jellyfish-shaped chandelier with descending shells punctuates it perfectly. The ocean-scenic wall art was created by acclaimed local artist Tara Funk Grim.
In addition to Grim’s beautiful painting, the home boasts custom woodwork on all moldings, door frames and window frames, with custom wood shutter window treatments in white from the stylish Hunter Douglas Heritance line.
“Being able to work for a family like this is the dream of every interior designer,” praised Gail. “They were an absolute pleasure to work with at every stage of the project. They wanted a home that was built and decorated with family comfort as a priority, and we did our utmost to make that happen for them.”
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