“When we drove up, we said, ‘This house is weird. It must be for us,’” recalls interior designer Veronica Hamlet. The 5,000-square-foot residence was like nothing she had seen before. Built in 1974, it had a hard-to-nail style: a mixture of Italian architecture with mid-century lines, all rendered in stucco. Something you might find in West Palm Beach. But this was the west side of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“It’s strangely like the Holiday Inn,” Veronica admits. There’s an indoor pool, so she and her husband, Jeremiah, a former professional basketball player, can watch their kids swim while they eat breakfast if they so please. The first and second floors form a horseshoe, providing a view of the pool from nearly every room in the house. For some, if might have been too much—but the family loves it. “We are adventurous, out-of-the-box people,” Veronica says. “Everyone who knows us says it.”