The custom-made Ipe and iron gate, designed by Melissa Lenox, took some “serious time to get right,” says Theresa. “We knew it had to make a statement.”
Reflective Pool: Though not initially in the plans, the Cuocos’ addition of a pool—a spot for relaxation, family fun, and outdoor entertaining—reflects their lifestyle and their wish that home be a place of refreshing serenity.
Center Court: A wall of French doors open the kitchen out to the pool and courtyard, where the Cuocos enjoy alfresco meals, thanks to Frank’s culinary prowess
His passion for all things food and wine were the driving force behind the kitchen design, including his insistence on an “island that’s almost too big,” he says. Rusty, their mini Goldendoodle, blends in (adorably) with the unfinished white oak floors.
Lap & Light: Shiplap walls throughout the main living and dining rooms give a “buttoned-up” feel to the casual décor, says Lenox. Loads of natural light energize the airy rooms, and a calming palette of soft greys adds a sophisticated feel.
“We embraced the opportunity to create a home from the ground up that maybe was a bit better suited to who we are and how we live.” —Theresa Cuoco
The family sits down nightly for dinner, “around the dining table; we’re kind of old-fashioned that way,” says Theresa.
Island Living: The Calcutta gold marble island is the kitchen centerpiece and hub of family life, with kids coming and going from school and tennis practice and the two physicians coordinating busy schedules.
“I love that you look back here and don’t see a single house.” —Frank Cuoco
Porch Peace: A screened back porch off the main living room opens both to the house and the courtyard, extending the sense of “outdoor living,” says Lenox. Old Savannah brick flooring adds earthy texture, and bamboo planted outdoors creates a natural screen. “It’s like you’re encapsulated in the Lowcountry,” Lenox adds.
Dreamy Drama: “It’s my favorite thing in the house,” says Theresa of the big, dramatic light fixture in the master bedroom, a constellation of mini-globes reflecting light in dazzling gentleness. “Keeping the décor neutral and simple allows for going big and making statements with the light fixtures,” notes Lenox.
Drawing a Bath: Frank and Lenox spent days redrawing the original plans for the master bath, which entailed moving the oversized walk-in shower to another wall, and perfecting the sight lines into the bath from the hallway and again into the adjoining dressing rooms. “I love the sculptural aspect of the tub, contrasted with the angularity of the pendant light,” says Lenox.