It Only Looks Old: The Southern Living Showcase Home

by hookedonhouses on January 29, 2011

Southern Living Showcase Home 2010 by Stonecroft

When homebuilder Jason Black sent me photos of a house that he recently designed and built in Kentucky, it wasn’t at all what I expected. It looks like it’s been there a lot longer than a year, doesn’t it? My dream house would look old like this on the outside but function like a new (low maintenance, all the amenities) house on the inside.

living room fireplace-Stonecroft

The house is called The Palazzo and was Stonecroft’s Southern Living Showcase home of 2010. The Palazzo was named the best floor plan by the Home Builders Association of Louisville.


Did you notice that gorgeous cupola at the top of the house? They incorporated that into the master bedroom, and it functions as a kind of skylight (which is lovely, but I’d be cursing it on Saturday mornings…ha):

master bedroom-cupola

I thought the powder room was really pretty in a simple, understated way:

powder room

And I’m loving the back hall and the home office that’s off it:

back hall home office-Stonecroft

It makes me so happy when I see builders who are really trying to create new houses with some old-house charm.  Thanks to Jason for sharing this with us–I love it when readers send me photos of projects they’ve worked on! (I get too many to show them all, but feel free to send me yours here.)

You can see the rest of the photos on the Stonecroft Facebook page or visit their website for more info about Norton Commons, the neighborhood the house was built in.

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Tanya from January 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm

WoW! Very elegant home. Love all the great trim work.

Amanda @ Serenity Now January 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Lovely!!! So many beautiful, charming details. :) I’m in love with the kitchen and the home office. :)

Luciane at January 29, 2011 at 8:42 pm

You nailed with this one, julia! There’s nothing that I don’t LOVE about this house! Nothing at all! Everything is done to perfection! WOW!

I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend! Mine is being brilliant so far! :-)


Luciane at

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Carrie January 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Love this house!! That kitchen is fabulous!!

Mama Zen January 29, 2011 at 8:46 pm

What a gorgeous home!

Loribeth January 29, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I really like this house a lot! It does look like it’s been there for a lot longer than a year.

Susan Williams January 29, 2011 at 8:49 pm


Sally January 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Oh, this is beautiful!

le January 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Hi Julia – just lovely ! the home office is dreamy and the kitchen – well whats not to love :) our house purchase just fell over so we are back to square zero …. such is life – I’m off dreaming about other things for a while and this is dreamy worthy – best le xox

wendy January 29, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I love this wonderful home! It is great to see builders really utilizing all nooks & crannies and keeping homes charming & so live-able! I must say the staging inside really sets a great tone as well, not stuffy at all but soft colors & warm palettes really photographs amazing…thanks for sharing!

Carbzilla January 29, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Wow! So beautiful! It’s a little frilly for me personally, but bones are stunning!

Wanda Richey January 29, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Beautiful!! making me sooo homesick!! I live here in London Canada….I am from Bowling Green Ky… Thank you soo much…

J.D. Pearce April 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm

One of my dearest friends of over 50 years lived in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada and I flew into London last year when she passed away. My first time in Canada!.
They were farmers, husband still is, wonderful people.

Ricki Jill Treleaven January 29, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I like the house *bunches* The office is so cute! I would use it as an art studio. I like the millwork and the colors used. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing it with us, Julia!

Karena January 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Agree Julia, we have a couple of great builders in Kansas City who do that…respect the past with all of the amenities of the new!

Art by Karena

Julianne January 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

This is FABULOUS. Now I’m off to go research this home…I hope there is a floor plan somewhere. That kitchen opening to the living room is perfect. And the office in the hallway. Really great, thanks for sharing!

Angie January 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Wow! This is beautiful!

Allyson Byrne January 29, 2011 at 9:30 pm

im in love with it!! I like a more traditional home with some character…all the new builds seem so blah and cold to me…this is really a beautiful home..thanks for sharing!!!

Allison Hall January 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Beautiful Architecture detail but the lighting doesn’t do this home justice….They have a lot of the bronze detail in the hardware and bath fixtures…It would look so much better if the lighting followed in that same category…

Bonnie @ Creative Decorating January 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I feel the same way that I would love new house amenities with the style and details of an old house! This is just stunning!

Jared January 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I love it! This is so my style inside and out! I guess some TP on the holder in the bathroom wasn’t very photogenic

hookedonhouses January 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I’m guessing that since it was a show home at the time, they didn’t want to encourage any visitors to use it. Ha.

Kristin@Bouelvard Interior Design January 29, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Great architectual details. I’d love to decorate it my style. January 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Yes, a beautiful new home. I could live there and I prefer old houses…but I could certainly live in this one. Love the way it’s decorated too.

designchic January 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Love the charm and character of an old house, but the low maintenance of a new one. This one is perfection…thanks for sharing!

sheila January 29, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Gorgeous! Looks like the classic foursquare homes we have on Capitol Hill in Seattle, all built in the early 1900s.

Destiny January 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Oh … I love it!

Kelly D January 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Wow! That bedroom is absolutely beautiful! What great details! I love everything about it.

susie January 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Wow, what a beautiful home. I love all the details and wood work.
The interior colors are so soft and calming. I could move right in and feel at home. Thank you so much for sharing. I just visited their Facebook page and enjoyed looking at all the photos. It gave me lots of ideas on some areas I would like to redo in our home.

Claudia January 29, 2011 at 11:49 pm


Thank you for sharing. The kitchen is magnificent! I also love the powder room and all of the beautiful woodwork.
Have a nice Sunday.

Sheila Krehbiel January 30, 2011 at 12:18 am

Yep. This is a winner. And you know what I’m going to say: It’s all about the fantastic chunky, white woodwork, beautiful wood floors and excellent lighting — the trifecta that makes the home.

erika January 30, 2011 at 1:18 am

maybe the cupola has blackout shades on remote control? that’s what i’d do!

Kim January 30, 2011 at 1:39 am

Great looking house! I love all of the details, colors and style. Jason really did an awesome job.

Mom in High Heels January 30, 2011 at 7:29 am

That’s beautiful! I too love the cupola, but would be unhappy early in the mornings! The ceilings in the living room are gorgeous.

Janette at The2Seasons January 30, 2011 at 8:09 am

Yippee!! I can’t wait to get home from Laos and drive only 65 miles to Louisville to see this house. Our new place is being remodeled right now while we are away, and maybe I can get some new decorating ideas.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemakin January 30, 2011 at 9:20 am

What a great home. Lots of pretty details. Love the colors!

Jodi from New Jersey January 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

Hi Julia. The back hall alone is to die for! I would not change a thing. Total dream house – Thank you for the thrill.

Lesley @ TheDesignFile January 30, 2011 at 10:19 am

It’s really a stunner! There are some amazing homes in Louisville and this is another one.

Heather Collins January 30, 2011 at 10:48 am

Hey….I live there!! Louisville, that is …not the house (I wish though).
It is located in Norton Commons, a newly built community in Louisville’s VERY rich east end part of town.
Thanks so much for featuring something from the city I love so much!


RosieJo January 30, 2011 at 10:55 am

Elegant, but practical, too! Thanks for sharing.

sandy January 30, 2011 at 11:01 am

One word. Breathtaking.

LA King January 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

What a fabulous home…you were right…probably my dream kitchen also.

Erica January 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I just swooned a bit. I would love to have a new house that looks old like that. All that detail! Oooo! The ceiling in the living room alone just gets me. Great house!

Kate January 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

WOW! that idea is my ideal, a newly built, fully functioning house with old charm :) – brilliant

Ruth January 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Louisville is my hometown and where I live and work now! I love this house. Norton Commons is a very cool community.

pam @ becolorful January 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Wow. 45 comments. Apparently a lot of people like me love this house. Just when I think I want to go more modern then I see this and I am all confused again. I especially love the black painted banister and steps. Jaw dropping gorgeous.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Pam @ BeColorful

Heather Y. January 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Hi , I live in this house! I can tell you I am very pleased with the design, space, and functionality. The cupola is NO problem! Light does not filter downward, but you look up and see the most beautiful scenery from it! I have seen the moon, flocks of geese, and brilliant blue sky! I love my bedroom, I joke that it has it’s own zip code!

Thanks Jason and David for building this beautiful home.

P.S. the office and basement is awesome too!

hookedonhouses January 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Wow! Lucky you! Interesting about the cupola, too–sounds wonderful. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

Jenny January 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm

That is awesome! The house is gorgeous, I love everything about it. I don’t usually see houses that are perfect, but this one is!

Cori January 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I LOVE that kitchen! The hardwoods are so beautiful! I also love the office! What a beautiful home!

Teanna B January 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Absolutely gorgeous trim work! I just spent over an hour admiring the photos on their website. THEN, I had to go grab my husband and start over! Love. Love. Love… the details. These builders should be so proud.
Thank you for sharing!


Teanna B January 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Absolutely gorgeous trim work! I just spent over an hour admiring the photos on their website. THEN, I had to go grab my husband and start over! Love. Love. Love… the details. These builders should be so proud.
Thank you for sharing!


Nichole January 30, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Love the house! So beautiful and charming. Hate the lot! So close to the other houses.

Donna January 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I love it from the outside except I think the cupola is a bit pretentious for the house on the small lot. And from what I can see I think I would like the floorplan. For me some of the interior details are a little too gaga/ornate for the exterior.

Heathahlee January 30, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Oooh, you had me at the toile in the powder room! What a gorgeous house!

Jo January 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Finally a new home builder that gets “it”!

Tara January 31, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Stunning! I would love to see what the floor plan looks like……anyone have any luck finding it online?

Holley January 31, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Gorgeous! Lucky homeowners to have such a nice home. I really like the cupola and the kitchen floors.

I like that it isn’t cookie-cutter modern on the inside. Hopefully more home designer/builders will take note.

Jenny January 31, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Gorgeous home! *What* are those paint color names?? Especially that lovely sage-y green in the kitchen and living areas. :)

Cathleen February 1, 2011 at 8:22 am

Yes, please! Love this house! I also love that this is amity example of how there is a shift toward quality over quantity. Gone are the days of McMansions. We bought the home we just moved into because it didn’t have a two story entrance. All the other homes in our price range had them and I find them too big for my taste. Our home has a beautifully trimmed and cozy entrance. And this home has a Facebook page! I’m off to go check it out!

Richella at Imparting Grace February 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

Yummm. That house is fantastic. And I’m with you–the very best thing is when new houses have old-house charm. One of my favorite things about our house is that it’s a new house in an old neighborhood. One thing our builder did right was to site our house back from the road, tucked into a hillside, so that from the street it just looks like a house that kind of grew there. Love that!

Ami Ponzo February 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

My dream house, too! Right up there with Something’s Gotta Give house. And that master bedroom. Don’t think I’d ever leave. Just gorgeous.

Jackie Watson February 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Who decorated the Southern living showcase home in Kentucky?

Jackie Watson

Juju at Tales of Whimsy February 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm

O I so want to see this in person now :)

Traci B February 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I think I LOVE everything about this home!! It’s just gorgeous. I want to go take a tour!!

Nathan February 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I love houses like this. A friend of mine and I were actually looking at houses and townhomes in a newish development in Chilliwack, B.C., Canada. The development/community is called Garrison Grossing if you would like to check it out. I believe it’s the first result on Google.
I especially like that it is hard to tell the difference between the original houses and the ones that are brand new but built with character and charm.

Greg Fleischaker - Louisville Real Estate Agent February 15, 2011 at 8:11 am

I’ve been through that house! I can assure you that it is every bit as attractive as the pictures suggest, I just wish I had a client looking in that part of town!

Mary Martinez @ House Builders in Melbourne June 10, 2011 at 6:02 am

It looks old but it still got class and style. I like on how the room looks spacious due to the large windows. And each room still retains its cozies characteristics. Very lovely house indeed!

Ken July 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Wow, I hope more builders follow Jason’s lead — more details, less square footage!

Kirstin July 21, 2012 at 11:06 am

Gorgeous home! Can you share the paint colors and brand, particularly in the master bedroom?

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