The Highland Home in Louisville features a nautical theme, a sandy backyard
Originally from the East Coast, Ron Loughry grew up around the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. But after several years of living in Louisville, setting foot on a beach was only a distant memory.
“I came home, [after work one day]”, He recalls,” and I walked out of my garage, and I was standing there, facing my house. It had been another 12 hour day [many] 12 hours a day, and I hadn’t been to the ocean for several years. I looked and saw this little space [and I thought], I bet I could build my own beach.
For $ 150, Loughry had 10 tons of sand delivered to his Old Louisville home – and it was the start of his first beach house in Bluegrass State.
Tied to the beach
Fast forward many years and a marriage later, to Ron Loughry and Beth Breetz’s Cherosen Hills home in the Highlands, with a large back deck.
“I knew that once we got serious, [that] I was going to have a beach in my future because he had it before, ”Breetz said. “But it’s definitely the best beach… and I use it more than him because I’m better at relaxing.”
Breetz says she often puts her feet in the sand while reading the newspaper and sipping her morning coffee. In the evening, she will light the fireplace and enjoy a glass of wine.
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Loughry emphasizes that sand isn’t just for the feet. The couple welcome their nieces, nephews and neighborhood children to play, dig and build sandcastles, as the 40 tons of sand in their oasis in their backyard is three feet deep.
Of course, a beach is more than sand. The entire rear of the house is decorated in a seaside theme; from the ocean view painted on the garage, to the sailboat fence mural that Loughry himself created, everything in the space is put together to make the house appear to be in a coastal town. There’s even a mini lagoon, perfect for cooling off on hot summer days.
Bold and bright
While there are only hints of a beach theme inside the house, one thing remains the same: the interior also features bright and bold hues.
“We painted all the walls white and added more color,” Breetz said.
“We like the dynamism,” added Loughry. “We love the arts. I mean, we love the performing arts… the orchestra, the actors, things like that. But we also love the visual arts. So rather than having brightly colored walls or something, they can be white – they provide a blank palette for the artwork. “
In the living room, decorative green, purple, and red pillows rest on a cobalt-blue loveseat, while colorful glass vases line the windowsill. A multi-colored Murano glass chandelier from their 2019 trip to Italy hangs above the dining room table, and several bold pieces by Hawaiian mixed-media artist Marc Villanueva adorn multiple walls throughout the house.
Besides loving a lot of colors, Loughry and Breetz are both serious book lovers.
“Sometimes people who get married need more space for their children,” said Loughry, “but we don’t have kids – but we’re both voracious readers.”
A built-in bookcase wall on the main level is packed with books, but that’s a small amount compared to the rest of the couple’s collection, which can be found downstairs in the finished basement. They estimate they have between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds between them – and that’s after Loughry got rid of a heap last year.
“My mom and sister are both librarians,” Breetz said, “and librarians really believe in slaughter. So we shot a lot. “
They may have reduced their collection of books, but their wine selection – which lives next to the books in the basement – continues to grow.
“On our second date,” Loughry recalls, “we met at [a wine] shop around and made this wine pairing. When we got married, I had about 40 to 50 bottles of wine… Beth had maybe a dozen stuck in a cupboard. We probably have more than 150 [bottles now]. “
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He adds that COVID-19 has put a damper on entertainment, but they both look forward to welcoming friends and family back to their homes.
“[We are] looking forward to a post-pandemic period to pick up on the old Scottish-Irish tradition of ‘Ceili’, ”Loughry said. “A house of welcome and hospitality.”
nuts and bolts
The owners: Reverend Ron Loughry and Beth Breetz. Loughry is a retired minister and an adjunct faculty. Breetz is a lawyer with Stites & Harbison.
Home: This is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,324 square foot ranch that was built in 1954 in the Cherosen Hills area of the Highlands.
Distinctive elements: Distinctive and whimsical court art; back deck with ocean murals, waterfall, lagoon, deck, retractable awning and garage; hardwood floors throughout; changes made for aging in place; renovated old carport in four seasons beach inspired room with vaulted ceiling, large sliding glass doors, patio, large glass windows with retractable screens, original artwork and distinctive lighting; dining room with lighting from the cove, multicolored Murano glass chandelier from the trip to Italy 2019, large sliding glass windows, cherry and Amish furniture, antique altar chairs from the church where Loughry grew up and preached his first sermon at 16, and built-in bookcase lined with wall that leads to the four-season bedroom; The kitchen which was remodeled in 2017 and featured in Remodeled Home Tour features vaulted ceilings, three Velux skylights, cherry wood cabinets, cobalt blue backsplashes with glass encrusted mortar, exposed brick wall, wood island Wormy mobile maple wood, an Alcott & Bentley ceiling fan, original artwork by Marc Villanueva and Bosch and GE appliances including a gas range, two ovens, warming drawers, microwave, a dishwasher, undercounter beverage cooler and ice maker; boudoir with built-in bookcases, original window treatments, herringbone floors, tile-clad cobalt blue Italian fireplace and Turkish rug obtained from Greek Islands Cruise 2019; office / music room with Loughry’s guitars and banjo on one wall, memorabilia from Loughry and Breetz’s 2008 wedding on another wall, whimsical metal artwork and windows overlooking the beach in the backyard; living room with a large picture window, colorful furniture, original works of art by Marc Villanueva and others including paintings, metal and glass works, two high cobalt blue pedestals with bamboo rods and lighting hidden, a carved metal floor lamp, two Turkish rugs obtained from 2019 Greek Islands Cruise, original coffee table and side tables by Madison Tableworks and others, and an old avocado library; foyer and entrance hall with multigenerational Loughry and Breetz family photo gallery; bathroom with original and restored tiles and works of art from various trips to Italy and Greece; the starry night-themed guest room features Van Gogh prints and original fabrics by Mary Craik and JoAnne Weiss, as well as original window dressings and a king-size Posturepedic adjustable bed; master bedroom with spacious space with cherry wood furnishings, adjustable king-size bed, quirky window dressings, artwork by local artist Amy Wellborn, and memorabilia showcasing romance and history. love of Loughry and Breetz; main bathroom with ceramic tiles and walk-in shower; bedroom converted into laundry room on the first floor, with built-in wardrobes and shelves; the finished basement is an entertaining and living space with Picasso prints, hardwood stairs, driftwood floors, built-in bookcases filled with an extensive collection of books, wine racks, reclining loveseats , movie posters and memorabilia-lined walls, big-screen TVs, overhead dimmable lighting, large windows with cut-glass transoms and nautical memorabilia; Cowboy-themed bonus room that serves as a guest bedroom and exercise space features large windows, a fireplace, and an adjoining full beach-themed bathroom.
Applause! Applause! Redsmith Construction, which carried out most of the renovations from 2010 to present; Closets by design; The well-dressed window; Alcott and Bentley; Bonnycastle household appliances; Fitzgimmons awnings; Economical aquatic gardens; Velux skylights; Madison tables; The store of doors and windows; and Sherry Powell for painting the garage mural.