Winner of the 2013 INDesign Awards, a regional competition honoring excellence in interior design and architecture. Design by Sarah James Moss. Furnishings provided by MOSS MANOR: A Design House. The ground-up new construction project began with a vacant lot and a set of house plans. Sarah James Moss of MOSS MANOR was hired to select and source all exterior and interior finishes and furnishings, and to assist in overseeing their installation from start to finish. The client – a father of a seven-year-old son, part-time real estate investor and contractor, and frequent entertainer – sought to have a functional yet high-style contemporary home that would accommodate the needs of his busy single-parent household, while also affording resale value. Adhering to a practical budget and choosing sensible materials took precedent, while bold design elements were a welcomed retreat from the typical speculation home. A monochromatic palette sets the tone for both the exterior and interior of the 2,700 square foot home. Shades of gray and white on expansive interior walls and dark chocolate on the stairwell and doors coordinate with the smoky solid walnut floors throughout much of the home. Furnishings were chosen to be sleek yet inviting, with practical masculine materials such as reinforced leather and stainless steel.