Beau and Keely Williams Create their Perfect Home in Old Briarcliff
The news of a second child on the way presented more than just a reason to celebrate for Beau Williams and Keely Edgington Williams; It presented an opportunity to relocate.
“When we discovered we were pregnant again, we lived above our bar (Julep KC) in Westport,” recalls Keely. “We had lived there several years and were quickly running out of space.”
After considering several different areas, Beau and Keely decided to move to Old Briarcliff. They liked the fact it’s near downtown and loved the mid-century homes tucked in and around the area.
Once they agreed on the area, it didn’t take long for the Williams to find the perfect home for their growing family. Or, it would be, once they made a few changes.
“The mid-century modern home we bought was full of tiny rooms,” explains Keely, “so we knocked down some walls and added glass panels to the existing staircase to create an open concept. We wanted to update without losing the original feeling of the space.”
An airy ambiance now extends throughout the home. The walls in the great room are cloaked in a serene white tint, aptly named Swiss coffee. The floors, taken back to their natural finish, add warmth to the space, while open areas treated with accents of color add energy and impact.
The décor, furnishings, and retention of the original fireplaces appropriately honor the period of the home. The overall result of the Williams’ editing is a California mid-century ranch feel. The space is light, open and spacious, cozy enough for family living, and large enough for entertaining, important features for the Williams.
When it came to decorating rooms for daughters Lula and Adair, ages two and a half and one, inspiration and influence were top of mind.
“We watch a lot of PBS,” shares Keely. “They air a commercial in which children are asked to describe a judge, a mayor, etc., and all the kids describe men in these positions. Keeping that in mind and knowing how few women are in these roles and in STEM, we wanted to decorate the girls’ rooms in a positive and influential manner. We know change begins at home.”
Lula’s room centers around a space travel theme. A framed poster of Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut, hangs on her wall, along with mid-century space travel posters. Adair’s room features a large vintage abacus and a poster of Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and only woman to win the Fields Medal, the Nobel Prize of mathematics.
Because Beau and Keely are avid readers and eager to instill that desire in their daughters, both girls’ bedrooms feature low-level shelving, so they can pick out a book whenever they like.
The entire home is family friendly, fun, fashionable, and functional. As it turns out, this truly is the perfect home for the Williams family.