At Home

When Srinivas and Kali Nalamachu began scouting around for houses in 2005, they didn't look too far from where they already were. As Overland Park residents of the LionsGate community from 2000 to 2005, they were very satisfied with their locale but desired a little more living space.

While their first LionsGate home was more traditional in nature, they had their sights set on finding a home steeped in contemporary design, a look reminiscent of the homes popular on the East Coast where they lived and attended medical school prior to 2000. 

"We drove by this home in the Links of LionsGate as it was being built by Fairway, Kan.,-based Endecott Associates and Walls Construction of Spring Hill, Kan., and we immediately loved it," says Srinivas.

Since the couple had been hesitant to take on the challenge of building, the situation fit their needs perfectly as they were able to get involved at the tail end of the building process and have a say in the home's finishing touches.

Now after nearly six years in the residence, which features five bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths, the couple and their 10-year-old daughter Megan couldn't be more at home.

Sophisticated simplicity

As busy physicians--she is a dentist, he is a pain management doctor--the couple enjoys the serene refuge their home provides from the daily rigors of their respective professions.

It is easy to absorb the sense of tranquility this home offers.

Uncomplicated, unfussy and unpretentious, this home clearly emphasizes the idea of living life in a simple and straightforward yet comfortable way.

The home offers plenty of space to think, unwind from the day and just "be."

Large, open spaces framed by expansive windows contribute to the contemporary ambiance of this residence and provide sweeping views of the golf course and picturesque pond behind the home.

In a nod to architect Frank Lloyd Wright's design philosophies, the home is very much at harmony with its quiet surroundings. 

Tucked away on a private cul-de-sac amidst rolling terrain, ornamental berms, blossoming trees and lush shrubs, the home's silent presence is a complementary addition to the setting.

Its buff stucco exterior and low-pitched tiled roof rise from the hilly lot with a sophisticated presence. Inside, materials such as wood, tile, glass and granite reflect nature's influences.

Up the home's front stairs and inside the hardwood foyer, a crisp sense of refined practicality and cheerful energy is immediately evident.

An office flanks the left side of the foyer while the formal living room is to the right.

In the center of the foyer is a curved staircase adorned in custom iron railings and wooden banisters.

Bold lines and rectangular patterns accentuate the railings that line the upstairs catwalks as well.

Beyond the staircase, a brightly colored mural created by muralist Kerry Stuckey adds a significant and eye-catching pop of color to an expansive wall.

A variety of brilliant shapes and designs on the wall lend vibrant spirit to the home and make for an intriguing conversation piece.

The geometric wall is a bright preface to the myriad shapes, colors and design motifs that infuse this home.

Movies and murals

Influenced by the cultural history and traditions of their native India, the Nalamachus have employed prismatic hues and smooth, clean shapes throughout their two-story, 9,000-square-foot home.

On the main floor, the formal living room off the foyer and the adjoining formal dining room are united through bursts of bold color, geometric patterns and sleek designs.

Pendant lighting, for example, above the dining room table emulates the colors of the fabric on the dining chairs yet also ties into the custom-designed backdrop on the living room's towering fountain.

An original painting by an Israeli student graces the mantle over the formal living room's fireplace and custom furnishings, tassel- and fringe-free, give the room a sense of practical formality.

A gourmet kitchen, butler's pantry, breakfast area and hearth room flow into each other and provide an accommodating space for the Nalamachus' to entertain.

"We like to have holiday parties with our friends and colleagues," says Srinivas. 

Extended family members visit on occasion, but most of the couple's relatives are on the East and West Coasts, and in India.

Megan has friends over as well, and it's understandable why the home's lower level is the designated friend hangout.

With a fabulous home theatre--complete with a 121-inch projection screen, starry crimson carpeting and Hollywood appointments that Megan helped select--the room is the perfect place for family movie nights and social gatherings.

The adjacent game room boasts a thoroughly modern and stylish black felt-topped stainless steel pool table as well as a shuffleboard table.

Around the corner, a full bar and wine chiller top off the home's recreational amenities.

The expansive walk-out lower level, which was significantly remodeled by Overland Park-based Custom Homes, also is home to an exercise room, large living space and additional guest bedroom suite.

Throughout the lower level, muralist Stuckey's talents are evident.

She has hand-painted design accents on various walls, including a full wall mural that mimics vertical streams of water and bubbles in the bar area. 

"We wanted to add a little color down here and the image really flows with the overall design of the house," says Kali.

 The couple says they discussed mural ideas with Stuckey but ultimately handed her creative control.

World on the wall

Terrific color and Stuckey's creations can be found on the upper level as well which houses three bedrooms and a computer nook incorporated within a square layout defined by long narrow halls, dramatic symmetry and an abundance of windows.

In the master bedroom, Stuckey has painted the equivalent of a striking piece of framed modern art with an emphasis on dramatic shapes and colors while, just outside the bedroom, a painting on a narrow alcove wall emulates a pedestal and sculpture placed before it. The guest bedroom showcases Stuckey's artistic finesse through a large-scale checkerboard wall pattern in earthy taupe hues.

Megan selected the understated shade of sea foam that colors her bedroom, which has been embellished by Stuckey with vertical accents and shapes on the wall.

Beside Megan's bed, a massive 6-foot-by-8-foot world map serves as a unique and educational focal point in the room.

"When Megan was very young, we often would tuck her in bed and then sit with her and talk about the map," says Srinivas. "Often we talked about places that we had visited as well as ones that we would soon be traveling to."

To that end, the Nalamachus are prolific travelers, spending much of their time soaking up the sights and sounds of lands far beyond the Kansas Heartland.

"We want to eventually see all the states in the U.S., and all the continents as well as all the Seven Wonders of the World," says Megan.

As it stands, the family has already been to roughly 25 countries, affording young Megan an education and enlightened awareness that far transcends the boundaries of standard schooling.

Additionally, special mementos and art pieces from 45 U.S. states the family has visited are showcased throughout the home.

Fundamentally, the Nalamachus have focused on color, space and shape to achieve the sleek and fresh contemporary design they initially envisioned for their home. Their home interior showcases space, rather than things, and ultimately encourages a level of living that celebrates the truest and finest basics in life: family, shared moments and abiding memories.

Clean lines, bold colors and subtle sophistication combine to give this home a cosmopolitan and functional appeal that is as inviting as it beautiful.

words: Rachael Hedgcoth

photos: Jill & William DiMartino