June 23, 2022

When Julie Kelley’s sister, Jennifer Eberle, purchased property in Louisville’s Glenmary subdivision more than two decades ago, Julie and her husband Mark were also looking for a change. Turns out, the sisters landed right next door to each other.

“Jennifer used to live on (another street in the area),” Julie told The Courier Journal. “(She and her fiancé, Doug) bought this lot and started to build. My husband and I were ready to get out of where we were, so we started looking for lots, (and) this lot was available. … And it’s been the most fun, being next-door neighbors.”

The sisters have spent countless hours with each other’s families, watching their children grow up together. More recently, they also completed home remodels. After Julie saw what Leslie Lewis-Sheets of LL&A Interior Design did at Jennifer’s house, she decided to make some changes to her home, too.

Bigger and brighter

The walk-out basement of the Kelley home features a large kitchen area as well as entertaining area with fireplace.

“We love the open concept of the great room, dining room, and kitchen,” Julie said of her renovated one-and-one-half-story home. Each of the spaces flows seamlessly into the next, now connected by wire-brush-finish wood flooring.

“Just like Jennifer,” she added, “I had carpet in the dining room, I had tile … in the hall, I had carpet (in the great room), and I had hardwood in the kitchen. It was just so much going on. Now, it just feels like it’s always been here — this is the way it should have been.”