Pensacola Dwellings – Scenic Splendor


Campbell Residence-001By Liesel Schmidt


Every homeowner should feel like the king—or queen—of the castle; and with no need to allocate space to children, Kelly and Joe Campbell let their desire to create a home where they truly felt a sense of dominion guide them through the planning of their house in Nature Trail Preserve. With its Craftsman-inspired exterior, the 3300 square foot home hardly screams over-the-top splendor, showing modesty rather than extravagance amidst the lush greenery that surrounds it. But luxury need not be gilded in gold, as the house’s interior readily shows, with its blend of stonework, brick detailing, and millwork. Such are the hallmarks of the Craftsman style, and that was the vision at work for the Campbells in each space of their home—interspersed, of course, with just a few details that are truly crowning glories.


Campbell Residence-004Such details are certainly at play in the master suite, a space that claims an entire wing of the house to create a sprawling sanctuary replete with a reading nook, an expansive bath, and access directly out onto the back porch, all mere steps off a bedroom flooded by the light of a multitude of windows. Not to be overlooked, the Campbell’s walk-in closet commands attention of its own, for just behind the rustic charm of a handcrafted reclaimed barn wood door lays a capacious interior lit by the dazzling glow of a chandelier. “It’s one of my favorite things about the house,” Kelly admits with a smile.


Campbell Residence-008Understandably so, though there are a few other features in the two-story home that she and Joe love with equal abandon. Among them, naturally enough for the highly social couple, is the kitchen, its perimeter spaces outlined by custom dark wood cabinets topped in caressed granite. Pouring on the Craftsman appeal with a brick masonry backsplash, the room easily plays command central in an open concept floor plan, the site of many party-time preps and countless adventures in cooking. Kitted with stainless steel appliances and a massive center island made truly unique by its hand distressed wooden cabinetry base, the space opens into a dining area and wet bar perfect for shaking up some crafty cocktails, though one might say the true show-stopper is a large picture window just off the bar, the thick framework of its molding seeming to put the backyard just beyond well on display.


Campbell Residence-013And such a backyard is certainly worthy of display, as the vaulted-ceiling of the covered porch affords open airiness and provides the perfect view of a sparkling pool and sunrises that paint the sky in a wash of vibrant hues as each new day dawns. “Having that view is one of the things Joe loves most,” Kelly says. Understandably capitalizing on such scenery, the kitchen’s window placement almost beckons one to venture outside and enjoy the natural splendor all around, though smells wafting from the stove might keep one firmly planted inside.


Campbell Residence-014Dark wooden flooring flow seamlessly from the kitchen into the great room, and the large expanse of space easily picks up Craftsman details that keep a certain sense of consistency, openness, and relaxed comfort—something that, when Kelly and Joe began designing their home in 2015, was paramount in determining every element they chose. “We wanted the house to have a lot of space and natural light, and it was important to us that it feel warm and inviting—not only so that we would love coming home to it, but also so that people who visit us will feel welcomed by it,” Kelly explains. “Our home makes me want to relax, and I’ve never been one to relax!”


Campbell Residence-018Suitably perfect for relaxing, the great room features yet more custom detailing with a beautiful brick fireplace set off by vintage-inspired moldings that somehow manage to make the presence of a television screen seem artistic rather than disruptive. Flanking the fireplace, built-in bookshelves add a study-like feel to the space without creating stuffiness, while stacked stone-wrapped wooden vertical beams draw the eye upward to ceilings that soar high above. “We really wanted to maintain the Craftsman style so that it wasn’t just on the exterior, but carried on all throughout the house; and our architect, Jesse Brodeur, was absolutely thrilled with that,” notes Kelly, who credits the experts at Campbell Construction with bringing her dream home to life.

Campbell Residence-040With their busy lives—Kelly’s position as the Director of Field Placements for Teacher Education and Educational Leadership at UWF keeps her schedule packed, while Joe serves as a commercial sales representative for Fitness Master—it was important for the couple to carve out a niche, to create their own little fortress and a place for respite that felt in tune with nature. And that’s just what they found, nestled in the woodsy surroundings of Nature Trail. “The ‘nature’ aspect was huge in our decision to move into the neighborhood because all of that beauty just makes you want to go outside and enjoy it,” Kelly says. “And we have such an amazing location, with awesome views of the tree line to watch the sun rise—and on clear nights when the moon is just-so…it’s magnificent.” With such magnificence well within view, it’s certainly easy for the Campbells to feel like royalty, and they’re living in a kingdom they love.

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