Hot Property: A Stately, English-Inspired Traditional in Tomahawk Creek Estates
From formal gardens to wall mural landscapes, this home has that whole cool New England vibe nailed.
Beth Zollars, former owner of Feng, an exclusive boutique that specialized in upscale fashion, gifts, and décor, has created a home in Leawood that reflects an appreciation for the historic as well as a love of the exotic.The house is a traditional Georgian with hand-chiseled fieldstone enhanced by formal gardens, stone walls, and mature trees.
Zollars says her inspiration for the design has a decidedly East Coast influence. "We are fond of the historic stone homes found in many New England and Pennsylvania areas, particularly Bucks County.”
The stunning interior pays tribute not only to classic design but also to Zollars’ love of the unexpected.
In the elliptical foyer, a bold black and white St. Laurent and Carrera marble floor makes a dramatic statement. The curving staircase draws attention upward to the 18th century Flemish chandelier and the artisan-crafted silver leaf design on the ceiling creates a wow factor.
The living room is an ode to elegance with 19th century portraits and landscapes cheerfully hobnobbing with chinoiserie and Chippendale. Covering reclaimed pine floors, oriental carpets in subdued tones echo the luxurious fabrics on chairs and sofas.
A hand-painted Zuber “America” wallpaper in the dining room continues the cultivated theme and regally accentuates an Empire sewing table and Hepplewhite shield back chairs. The room also features a late 1700s Philadelphia marble fireplace surround and mantle.
Walking into the kitchen is akin to being transported to an English country manor home with the exquisite blue and white hand painted Delft tiles and yellow knotty pine custom cabinetry. Antique English copper harvest jugs on the shelf above a Viking sixty-inch range and a vintage French grape gathering basket elevate the charm factor. Two Subzero refrigerators, white Carrera marble countertops, and a generous kitchen island cater to serious cooks and large gatherings.
The English country style flows into the family room, which has hand-hewn trussed beams and antique pine flooring. A comfortable plaid wing chair invites guests to sit beside the hand–carved pine fireplace whose fieldstone surround and granite hearth are reminiscent of a traditional hunting lodge.
In the sun room, the outdoors is invited inside with tall leaded windows that overlook the lushly landscaped back yard. Antique French terra cotta floor tiles, a handmade Nierman Weeks lantern, and wire garden obelisks suggest a traditional English conservatory. Two bleached rattan chairs flank the antique delft tiles on the fireplace surround.
Upstairs, the second master bedroom offers a soothing palette of pale greens and creams. A grand canopy bed and an elegant fireplace create a romantic retreat, and the master bathroom’s white Carrera marble shower and slipper tub with Herbeau fixtures promise absolute luxury and comfort.
Elegant and sumptuous, the Zollars’ residence certainly lives up to the saying that “a man’s home is his castle.”