Family: The Classic Architecture

By Maria Elena Margarella

Family will never go out of style. Bri and Jay Smith even incorporated the classic element into the very foundation of their house. With three daughters, the couple designed a vision to fit their tight-knit family. “A lot of the layout of the house was because of family,” Bri says, “[It] connects the family. We live in every part of the house every single day.”

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Building from the ground up, the couple worked closely with an architect and an interior designer. Both traditional and contemporary designs then merged to create the aesthetic of a warm, inviting home that simultaneously upholds a professional physique. They admire classic architecture, so the plan was to build a new house that looked like it had already been there for years. Meanwhile, the Smiths’ family values take precedence. “The furniture we chose was family-friendly,” Bri continued, “[We wanted it to] feel comfortable not just for the kids but for everyone that we welcome in. All of our furniture is for that purpose.”

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The process took two years, but the product lasts forever. But the vision does not end when the house is built. “I’m having more fun with the decorating process on this end of it,” she says. Jay added, “The lesson learned is this: we didn’t build out every single process because we wanted to get in and live in it.” He advises to “keep a few things open” in order to figure out how you and your family function in your new environment. “It’s a learning process,” he says. And their favorite part of the house? The living room. “It’s so open with all the windows,” Bri says, “You can see the lake, and we can all be together.”