At Home with the Kohls: The family’s favorite room in their Anthem home is a well-appointed Tuscan great room
The family’s favorite room in their Anthem home is a well-appointed Tuscan great room.
By Sondra Barr
Photos by Stephen Miller, celticserenityphotography.com
Brad and Dawnylle Kohl moved into their current country club neighborhood in 1999. “My husband was one of the top 20 Anthem Country Club homebuyers,” says Dawnylle, who met Brad while she was working in the Design Studio in the Anthem Country Club that same year. They married at the Persimmon Country Club in Anthem in 2002.
This is the second property the couple has owned in the Anthem Country Club. “In 2006, we started thinking it was time to expand our family,” Dawnylle says. “Our first property was much smaller, and I had my hopes and visions of having children with a beautiful large home so we could have family and holidays in our home.” When she first stepped through the front door of this home and looked past the entryway, Dawnylle knew she’d found the home to raise her family. “As I was walking towards the windows, enjoying the peace of looking outside, I stopped to look around this gigantic great room that encompasses the dining room and spacious bar area and visualized my family gathering for Christmas and various holidays, and fell in love.”
The Kohls and their children, Nathaniel, 4, and Gabriella, 2, have since added their own touches. “We added the stone around the bar area, up/down lighting to accent the granite and my collectibles—now my pictures of my babies—12-inch crown molding around the room, and brown-suede paint,” Dawnylle says. “My favorite aspect when you enter this great room area is the Corinthian columns with stone in the archway. Brad and I had an opportunity in 2005 to travel to Italy for three weeks, and I fell in love with Tuscan and Italian décor. I wanted to set the tone for this room when you walk through the entryway and pass through the archway and columns.”
Dawnylle says that of all the spaces in the home, she appreciates the great room most. “I love this room because it is formal, yet it is comfortable for us to snuggle and read our bedtime stories to our babies on the couches and enjoy the view,” she says. “We look for stars and the moon! This is what my heart desired in 2006 when we originally previewed the home!”
Dawnylle’s spacious great room also provides ample space to celebrate the holidays in style. “This room is my favorite room to decorate for Christmas, too. It looks so beautiful and peaceful,” she says. The Kohls’ house was on the Anthem Country Club Home tour last year, and Dawnylle had eight trees up, one to match each room. The tree that was in her great room was 12 feet tall and decorated exclusively in gold tones, in keeping with her Tuscan theme. “It was so beautiful,” says Dawnylle, “but what is even more beautiful is what I envisioned in 2006––having a family to fill this home has come true!”