A Mediterranean-style home built around a courtyard gives a young West Lake family easy access to the year-round outdoor oasi.s
No one ever knows what’s behind a closed door. However, it’s a given to expect the unexpected at the Mediterranean-style home of Dagni and John Frederick in West Lake.
Their glass and wrought iron arched double front doors open to a courtyard featuring a figure eight-shaped pool and a covered outdoor sitting area. Sliding glass doors lead from the courtyard into other parts of the house, and the Fredericks love to bring the outdoors inside any chance they get.
“One of our favorite things to do is to open up all of the doors when it’s nice outside,” says Dagni.
Even better, of course, is to actually be outside in the space. “The courtyard is our outdoor oasis. We spend quite a bit of time out here,” Dagni says. “We enjoy it almost year-round. Georgia weather allows you to enjoy all four seasons.”
As if the area isn’t relaxing enough, the heated pool also features fountains and a hot tub. The sitting area includes wicker furnishings, accented by brightly colored coral and teal throw pillows, that face a flat screen TV on the wall. Gas Charleston lanterns hang on the columns, and a ceiling fan with tropical blades suspends from the darkly stained wood ceiling to create a cool breeze. Plants in oversized containers complete the outdoor décor, while the courtyard’s natural stone flooring extends into the living room inside.
Love at First Sight
Dagni and John, a vascular surgeon, came to the area from Arkansas in 2009. They moved into their house four years ago after falling in love with it at first sight. They were attracted to Columbia County because they believed it would be the ideal spot to raise a family, which now includes two sons, 17-month-old Reiter and Cameron, who was born in March. And they have immersed themselves in community life.
“We have made Augusta our home,” says Dagni, who worked as a respiratory therapist before the birth of their children.
Dagni and John have become active members of the community. They chaired the CSRA American Heart Association Heart Ball two years ago, and she is executive vice president of the Junior League. “I joined the Junior League to meet people and to get to know people from here,” says Dagni, who also chaired the Junior League Attic Sale last year.
She serves on the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art board of trustees as well. “I like that the institute offers art instruction to children and brings attention to local artists,” Dagni says. “We both love art. My love of art started in college, and John has an interest in art as well.”
They share an affinity for abstract, contemporary artwork such as the painting by an Arkansas artist on a wall in the living room. Furnishings in the room include a coral colored leather couch and a contemporary round glass-topped coffee table with a quartet of wedge-shaped stools that fit snugly between the crossbars of the table.
The living room also features a raised hearth natural stone gas fireplace with columns and a built-in bookcase with a dark stain. Recessed lighting shines down from the diagonal coffered ceiling with wood trim.
In the adjoining dining area, which also overlooks the courtyard, an oval table is tucked into a bay window. Wood chairs line the sides of the table and wicker chairs occupy each end. The dining area also is a perfect example of the way the Fredericks maximize the features of their home.
“We turned the formal dining room into an office and sitting area,” says Dagni. “Who wants to sit in there to eat when we have this view of the courtyard?”
Dagni and John both enjoy spending time in the kitchen, which also connects to the living room and dining area in the open floor plan, and they like to entertain as well. And it’s only fitting for a couple that met at a mutual friend’s Halloween party to think outside the box when it comes to throwing a bash of their own. “We had a crawfish boil for Easter for our friends who were on call,” Dagni says.
The kitchen includes quartz cabinets, pendant lights above the island and breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and a natural stone backsplash behind the stovetop. While the island features an Old World finish, the distressed finish on the perimeter cabinets has a contrasting dark stain. One of many arched doorways in the home interior leads to a butler’s pantry, which features a second refrigerator.
All of the rooms in the house feature natural stone flooring, and the interior doors are all solid wood. The walls and ceilings are covered with textured paint – a feature that Dagni particularly appreciates. “You don’t see any imperfections in the walls,” she says.
Art of Living Well
The Fredericks also have made the most of the dining room-turned-office. John enjoys retreating to the space to read, and their love of art is on display in the room as well. A glazed world map on canvas hangs on one wall, and a whiskey painting by Barbara Zohn sits atop a chest. The cozy sitting space also features a trey ceiling, beadboard wainscoting and studded chairs with upholstery and soft leather.
In the master bedroom the Fredericks had the bed headboard custom made to accent the trio of picture windows that are high along one wall.
“We wanted something that really showcased the windows,” says Dagni. “The headboard looks like stair steps to the windows.”
The bedroom also features a coffered ceiling and sliding glass doors that open onto the courtyard. The adjoining master bath includes dark wood cabinets with a distressed look, rubbed bronze fixtures, quartz countertops, a stand-alone tub, a gas fireplace and a flat screen TV. The natural stone walk-in shower features a pebble stone ceiling and pebble stone flooring. A round burlap ottoman sits in the middle of the room.
Reiter’s nursery has a cycling theme, accented by a bicycle painting on one wall and bicycle figurines scattered throughout the room. “My husband is a big cyclist, so we went with a bicycle theme for the nursery,” Dagni says. A pillow that says, “Welcome to my crib” accents the glider.
“The color scheme in the guest room started around the blown glass plate on the shelf,” says Dagni.
John gave her the teal-colored plate as an anniversary gift one year. “I saw it when we were in Charleston getting our engagement pictures made,” says Dagni. “John remembered it and had it shipped here.”
Family photos line one wall in the hallway that leads to the guest room, and a portrait of Dagni in her wedding gown occupies the opposite wall. Her uncle, who is an evening gown designer, created a one-of-a-kind wedding dress for her as well as her bridesmaids’ dresses for their 2010 wedding.
“He sketched it out and sent it to me, so I have the original sketch that he signed,” says Dagni. “I didn’t make any suggestions. I wanted to see what he would come up with.”
The champagne colored silk taffeta dress featured a fan-shaped bodice and rhinestone accents. “The people who made the dress added the rhinestones, but they weren’t part of the original design,” Dagni says. “I liked the idea the dress had a piece of them, too.”
By Betsy Gilliland