ARH Model Home Designer, Sharon Freeman, is always looking to set trends within the interior design industry. When designing a model home, she focuses on creating new and interesting spaces that draw the customer in and create memory moments for the buyers.

With the new Sierra Model, Sharon worked to combine an earthy color palette with natural materials and textures that create a familiar and modern transitional space.  This “Refined Mountain Home” is designed with extraordinary detail and finishes. This includes the soaring stone faced fireplaces, the wide planked wire brushed oak wood flooring and the elegant painted scissor truss beams. The design creates a unique space to relax and escape.

We sat down with Sharon to discuss this model home, her design inspiration and the challenges that go into designing a model home.

What did you enjoy most about this particular project?

The Building Company was a pleasure to work with!  Bruce really knows his market and exactly what he wanted and needed, making it easier to develop a design specifically for their market and for the needs of their customers. Being a Florida native, I also enjoyed the challenge of designing a “Mountain” type home. It allowed me to be creative in a different way than what I’m usually tasked to do. It was a great project to work on!

What is your favorite element in the space from this project?

My favorite element from this project was the vaulted ceilings with the painted scissor beam trusses. They fill the volume in that space and bring an element of sophistication to balance the rustic, mountain flavor of the home.  They are by far my favorite element among many great elements in this fantastic home.

What is one of your design secrets/ tricks that you used in this project?

I wanted the home to compliment and be rooted in the beauty of the area’s natural surroundings. To do that, I used a color palette of warm earthy gray and browns and filled the home with naturally balanced materials and textures.

What feature in this particular project would you want in your home?

I would love to have the Rec Room in my own home. It is a fun multi-functional space with a chic vibe.  The space includes a multi-level ceiling detail, a Whiskey/Wine Wet bar, ample game table space and a cozy movie watching area.  Overlooking the 18th hole, it is the perfect space for hanging out with family and friends.

About Sharon Freeman

Sharon is a Model Home Designer with nearly 15 years of design experience. She has been with Arthur Rutenberg Homes since May of 2015. Since then, she has won ARH Model Home of the Year Signature Series 2017, Aurora Silver Award 2017, Bala Award 2017 for the Novara at Oakmont, ARH Model Home of the Year 2018, Aurora Silver Award 2018 for the Bermuda at Legacy Estates and the Aurora Silver Award 2018 for the Shearwater at Brady Point.


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