When Alexander City native Sheila Brown decided to downsize from her lake house to a lakeside condominium, she contacted Lake Martin designer Phil Spraggins to help her. Spraggins was excited to design and orchestrate the renovation of the 2,632-square-foot space.

“Luckily, we didn’t have to gut the condo. We just needed to update and incorporate Sheila’s style with neutral, peaceful colors. We painted everything in the home – walls, ceiling, trim – the same color (Swiss Coffee by Sherwin Williams) to lighten and open the space. It was an amazing transformation to a much more modern look,” Spraggins said. 

Brown knew she wanted her new home to be brighter and that the paint was the main focus, but the hardwood floors were another challenge. Originally, she had envisioned a dark stain, but when she saw the old floors stripped and sanded, she and Spraggins decided to leave the natural color and add a clear water seal.

“I love the lighter floors now. It opened up the room from the front door back to the screened porch. New acid-washed Persian rugs were added to the hardwood and worked perfectly,” Brown said.

Just inside the front door, Spraggins placed a chest covered in shagreen, faux shark skin, adding understated texture at the entryway. Nearby, a Currey antiqued mirrored vanity, kept from before the renovation, anchors the powder room. A hammered pewter sink and new fixtures, as well as the metallic indigenous printed wallpaper, reflect the contemporary style of the room. A Thomas Moorehead 48-inch-by-48-inch painting of Children’s Island hangs just past the foyer.

In the kitchen, cabinets were painted with the same Swiss Coffee color, and the Corian countertops were replaced with Cambria quartz in Britannica Gold. The two-level peninsula bar was taken down to counter height with the beautiful quartz surface and waterfall edge. The quartz was used as the backsplash, and Wellborn Industries integrated a small bar area with seeded glass doors into the existing cabinets. 

Brown found barstools she loved in a store, but when they were not for sale, Spraggins found them online. He purchased cowhide at Scott’s Antiques to recover the stools to work with Brown’s neutral palette. Brown and Spraggins located the perfect plumbing fixtures at Ferguson’s. The pantry/laundry room combination just off the kitchen was reconfigured with new cabinets and additional shelving, including shelves with electrical outlets behind, designed specifically to get appliances off the countertop and out of sight. 

An existing chandelier remains over the bar from pre-renovation, and a Catie Radney painting watches over the kitchen. Two tremendous matching chandeliers in the foyer and the living room remain from pre-renovation, as well. Sconces original to Brown’s previous home and the condo before renovation were utilized in other places in the new vision. 

“Another big difference in the renovation was just changing the can lights to LED warm white bulbs. They changed everything. I am a big proponent of the LED lights and dimmer switches on every light,” Spraggins said.

In the dining area, Brown utilized a table and banquette from her previous home and recovered the chairs to work with her new colors. A Lila Graves portrait of Brown’s two children is the focal point over the table and a perfect visual from the kitchen.

As a lover of local art, Brown has used the works of Jeffrey Long and Annie Bartol, in addition to Moorehead, Radney, Graves, Whitney Clanton and her sister, Karen Sturkie. 

Spraggins and Brown removed bookshelves that had previously covered floor-to-ceiling windows in the vaulted living room, adding natural light and an exquisite backdrop for the sectional, purchased at Urban Home Market in Birmingham. A round concrete-over-wood coffee table was purchased at Scott’s Antiques. Two Lee Industries mohair chairs and two leather chairs complete the spacious gathering area. Opposite the windows, more bookshelves were removed and built-ins were refreshed with paint and graced with a silver John Richard lamp from White House Interiors. A gas fireplace was updated with the Britannica Gold quartz on the exterior and fireplace glass on the interior.

Just off the living area, sliding doors open to a screened porch that adds outdoor living area and a breeze from the shady lakeside. Local woodcrafter Doug Roberts custom built a sofa to fit the space, and Spraggins added two wicker chairs and a poof coffee table. Clanton’s copper artwork worked perfectly on the new porch. 

“The porch is an extension of the house. I wanted the sofa to have lots of cushions and be very comfortable. The pillows in the chairs are from Lake Martin Mini Mall. The dragonfly pillow matches the prints over the door, and hummingbirds hold a special place in memories of my father, so the hummingbird pillow is a favorite,” Brown said.

The deck area has a large khaki-colored umbrella that stays open all the time, creating another outdoor living space. Little white lights underneath the umbrella add to the ambience. The deck furniture came from Lake Martin Mini Mall and King’s Furniture. Spraggins added lattice panels above the grill area for extra privacy. 

The owner’s suite near the front of the home features a king-sized bed with a tufted upholstered headboard, bedding and a chandelier, all from White House Interiors, with additional linens from Pottery Barn. Currey antiqued mirrored side tables and a 5-foot-by-8-foot standing mirror are beautiful additions to the luxurious space. 

Behind curtains that can be pulled for privacy, Brown’s office space includes a sofa and a desk with a selenite lamp, a gypsum crystal that is a work of art known for its energy and healing powers. Brown has framed botanicals throughout the home, and a gallery of botanicals adorns the office wall over the sofa. 

An open staircase in the foyer leads to a landing complete with a long sofa and chair, creating a peaceful sitting area. A 6-foot-by-10-foot mirror hangs above the sofa. 

Two large bedrooms, one with a private balcony, have walk-in closets and private baths to finish the guest space on the second floor. The bedrooms have upholstered beds, fluffy comforters and lots of pillows.

With Spraggins and Brown working as a team, the newly renovated lakeside condominium is dressed and ready for family and friends to enjoy making more Lake Martin memories.