Home Sweet Home

The dynamic duo behind Ivory & Oak on building their dream home – family style.

Steve and Nicole Viola, the husband and wife team behind luxury residential design-build firm Ivory & Oak, have been creating dream homes for 20 years. In 2019, they had the chance to build their own, in Steve’s hometown, when they purchased a 1940 raised ranch and promptly tore it down. Two years later and still under construction, they moved in with their three kids and haven’t looked back. 

Working within the existing footprint of the original home, the Viola’s built up, down, and side to side. The result is an open-concept modern farmhouse with soaring ceilings and custom everything, all fabricated by their in-house millwork shop, including the massive oak dining table. “Beauty and function are at the heart of every one of our projects right down to the simplest details,” said Steve.

For Steve and Nicole’s home, the focus was on family. The main living space layout offers a feeling of togetherness while enjoying separate activities, a testament to the family-first process that Ivory & Oak is renowned for. “We're a family business and tend to each project as if it were our own,” said Nicole. “We put a lot of thought into how each design decision will improve our client’s daily lives.” | @ivoryandoak

“We designed our home around family, especially our Italian Sunday dinners with all the cooking, eating, and time spent together.”

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