Jakubik home is designed for living

Jakubiks' home just right for active lives

tmsmith@sunherald.comJuly 10, 2014 

Yes, you can have it all, and Kelly and Damian Jakubik of Gulfport can prove it.

The parents of two lively girls, 4-year-old Campbell and 5-year-old Mary Evelyn, the couple found a way to combine sophisticated style with easy care to make their home in the Waterside neighborhood very livable. Oh, don't forget the fifth member of the Jakubik household, the lovable English bulldog Jammer, who considers himself family, too.

"This was built to be a kid-friendly house," Kelly said. "Everything in the house is functional." Considering Coastal neutrals are prevalent throughout, that might seem a bold statement, but "washable" is an important component.

"I really like the Hamptons look, so I used it here in the house with a Coastal feel, with a French touch," Kelly said. Transom windows are one feature that provide that Hamptons-South bridge.

White, gray and pale blue are predominant wall and trim colors, with furnishings keeping in the sand family. The family room, just off the kitchen, features a tray ceiling framing a ceiling of pine that mimics the floor. Gray built-in bookcases flank the gas fireplace, which the family-sized -- and slip covered -- sofa faces.

"This is where you'll find us all on a typical Saturday, all piled up on the sofa, including Jammer, in the middle," Kelly said.

The adjacent open kitchen includes an island where four barstool chairs are popular place to gather. The

bamboo-frame chairs have removable canvas backs and seats -- more ease in cleaning.

The counter also provides easy care.

"I love the look of marble, but it's just too porous. I was looking for a white granite, but we found this quartzite and I fell in love with it. It looks just like granite but it's so easy to clean," Kelly said.

The breakfast area's walls are mostly window, providing plenty of natural light as well as a way to monitor the children.

"I can see everything that's going on in the play area outside," she said. "That's the way we built here, so we can see from all angles."

Grass cloth is used on the walls of Damian's study, where darker wood replaces the lighter Coastal tones found throughout the rest of the house.

The master suite, downstairs, was designed to be "serene and calm, especially with all the activity we have around here," Kelly said with a laugh. The home's predominant colors continue here, with the accent more heavily placed on white and sand.

"We liked the idea of having a spa bath," she said. Damian especially wanted a steam shower, so that essential feature was installed, along with a glass wall "all the way up," with a ventilation transom at the top.

Rectangular ceramic tile was installed lengthwise to give the illusion of a longer room.

Upstairs are the girls' rooms and their playroom, as well as a guest bedroom. Mary Evelyn's is decorated in outgoing pink and green, and Campbell's room features sunny yellow.

Their study area is on the second floor landing. Each girl has her own work surface with a storage cabinet providing stow-away space as well as a privacy partition. The area's simple design means it can "grow" with the girls.

The Jakubiks' outdoor kitchen and living area gives Damian an opportunity to fire up a primal need.

"We just added the fireplace out here," Kelly said.

"I get to burn real wood in it, so I do it as often as I can, even in the summer," Damian said.

"He loves to burn wood. We had to have the gas fireplace inside, so this fulfills his love of a fire," Kelly said.

The Jakubiks moved into their home in April 2013. It was built by Garlon Pemberton, who won Home Builders Association of Mississippi 19th Annual Best of Mississippi awards for new construction of a single family kitchen and for new construction of a single family bath for the home.

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