The Family Home

When a lighting designer teams up with her architect brother to design a house, surprising and wonderful things are bound to happen.

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Contemporary California design made a splash in a traditional Greenville neighborhood that was developed in the 1950s.“No one wanted to take it on,” Sander recalls. “But Gary did, and he did a fantastic job.”

Only 1,000 square feet, the house has three levels: a ground floor dedicated to the garage, laundry area and a casual recreation space; the second story, 35 feet above the ground, includes an open living area, kitchen, den and powder room; and a third story houses a loft bedroom and master bath. There’s an open-air rooftop deck with a parapet, a protective wall first developed to protect soldiers defending forts.

Both siblings share an admiration for contemporary architecture. Still, their design sensibilities varied widely. Whitney’s style is spare and sleek, while Leslie gravitates toward earthy materials.

“I was not allowed to use the world ‘rustic’ during the course of the project,” she says.

Brother and sister also are on opposite sides of the color wheel.

“He’s a black-and-white and chrome sort of guy, with art for pops of color,” she says.

Sander has a passion for purple, choosing plum-colored slate to surround the wood-burning fireplace in the living room. As soon as her brother went home to California, she moved her cherished purple print sofa into the living room.

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