Rick Morehead is no newcomer to Home of the Week. His St. Matthews condo was featured in November 2019, when it was decorated with glittering decorations and packed with collectibles.
The former interior design instructor’s home is still filled with unique artwork and one-of-a-kind antiques. But those pieces are now a curated collection from his recent travels.
“I’ve traveled a lot (since the home was last listed), so there’s a lot of new stuff,” Morehead told the Courier-Journal. “We went to Italy, Florence, and Amsterdam. We also went on an antique binge.”
As soon as you enter the front door of Morehead’s mansion, you’ll find a 100-year-old Louis XIII revival cabinet that Morehead picked up in Charleston, South Carolina. The large marble pieces feature tortoiseshell metal inlays.
“This is very special,” said Morehead, who said he and his partner had to cram all their belongings into the car on the way back to Louisville because it took up so much space in the car. He added that there was. “It is considered the epitome of furniture making. The original may be from his 1740 or his 1750.”
He explains that this is a bourgeois, upper-middle-class copy from Paris, and that if the original were still intact today, it would be kept in a museum.
Another exquisite reproduction is located in the living room. Morehead describes the women’s desk as a Louis XVI revival antique. Featuring a veneer and leather top, curved legs and decorative details hand-finished by a blacksmith.
“When I bought it,” Morehead said, “I bought it. “[The seller]explained that this was a French piece.[At that time]the whole world was imitating France. However,[the details of the decoration]depict German figures, so… This is the German interpretation of the French.”
In addition to building an antique collection, Morehead also creates themes for several rooms. “We pitched a tent on the ceiling (in the kitchen),” he said. “It felt like Morocco or Turkey.”
The blue and white chevron fabric is accented with large tassels. Matching tablecloths complement the ceiling, as do matching plates on the walls. Just above the dining table, a brass-colored monkey lamp from Amsterdam adds a touch of whimsy.
Morehead’s master bedroom also has a new theme.
“I created an Egyptian-style room,” he explained. “I’m so excited. It’s my favorite transition.” A large bust of the pharaoh faces the bed, which is flanked by two large columns of his and accented with zebra cowhide. I am.
The second bedroom is lined with built-in storage space above the walls. Each space has its own theme and displays travel memorabilia collected over the years. “These are little things that I’ve collected from all over the world,” Morehead said.
Handmade with love
On the lower wall of the small room hangs a framed assemblage created by Morehead. Each represents a place he visited, including Italy, England, Austria, and the Alhambra in Spain.
“They are all little things that I collected and put together in a collage,” he explained, pointing to an opera mask and a photo of the Grand Canal in the Italian complex.
On the other side of the room, behind a leather screen, is a vast collection of necklaces. Some he found in Nashville, Indiana. Some were purchased at St. James Court Art Fair and Work the Metal. and a large imitation jade rosary that he bought in Rome. Some pieces were acquired during his travels, while others were created by Morehead.
“I injured my foot and had to sit still for two months (after undergoing surgery),” he said. “That’s when I started (making jewelry).”
Most of the necklaces created by Morehead also have a theme. There’s also a blue velvet one he made as a tribute to Oxmoor College. The school emblem patch is complemented by buttons, ribbons and other small parts. Another is a homage to China, made with pearls and colorful cloth fish. It can be used as a decorative accent in a room, but Morehead also wears it whenever he goes out.
“I put it on and go to River House, and now they know me, and they know I’m going to make an entrance,” he said.
Next up for Morehead is a trip to Greenbrier, West Virginia. Then, in the spring, he and his partner plan to head to Greece and Istanbul. No doubt they’ll find new furniture, art, etc. to take home and add to his collection.
“I’m running out of money,” he said with a laugh. “But we’re living like there’s no tomorrow. I’m very satisfied.”
nuts and bolts
owner: Rick Morehead is a former interior design instructor at Morehead State University and a former visual merchandiser for Stewart’s, Bacon’s Department Store, and Bittner’s Interior Design.
House: This is a 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,350 square foot condo built in the 1960s in St. Matthews.
distinctive elements: Leaded glass in front bay window. There is stone Tudor decoration around the entrance door. Hardwood floors and crown molding throughout. Built-in bookshelf. The 100-year-old Louis XIII Revival Cabinet. A red rug from Persia. Antique French desk, circa 1850, by Trace Mayer Antiques. Hand-painted English pastoral screen by Maitland Smith. The crystal chandelier in the dining room was purchased on Royal Street in New Orleans. Two black lacquered Venetian style chairs from Colonial Designs. Chippendale sofa by Sherrill. Custom rug from Bashian Brothers New York City.
applause! applause! Louisville store: Trace Meyer Antiques.Colonial Design; Diggs Home & Garden