Husband and Wife Team Design Calming, Open Modern Mediterranean Home Perfect for Families
When Nicole and Shane Rickey designed their modern Mediterranean home in Oak Tree, they desired a space that acts as both model home for clients and a functional space for family.
Combining ultra-modern with neutral and calming design, the Rickeys’ home allows their young family to grow while keeping the purity of the design in place.
“When our last home sold unexpectedly, I was in the middle of creating a ‘future plan’ that we never thought would become a reality so soon,” Shane says. “My desire was to create a home that would be unique to our Brent Gibson Home Classic Design brand, one that would influence clients and challenge builders alike. Combining classic Mediterranean architecture with modern, fresh textures, the exterior elevations reflect a feel unique to Oklahoma.”
The home combines the talents of Nicole and Shane, both who are entrenched in a legacy of home design. Shane is a home designer whose designs have won numerous awards over the past three years as well as working alongside Nicole’s father, Brent Gibson with Brent Gibson Classic Home Design.
“He does a lot of the design work on his own, working with builders and clients creating custom home designs. He is following in my dad’s footsteps,” Nicole says. “We enjoy working with my dad and desire to see his legacy continue for many years to come.”
Nicole owns Nicole Rickey Interior Design and works with many of the Brent Gibson Classic Home Design clients and many others from the North Oklahoma City-Edmond areas.
“Immersed in new construction over the last six years, I prefer to begin my process following the completion of home plans. I encourage all clients, regardless of style, to keep everything classic and timeless. Adding personal elements creates the reflection of their lifestyle, their family and personality.”
That classic timeless elegance is evident in the Rickey home. Neutral colors like gray, white, silver and black add a relaxing element to each room, but the stunning light fixtures—some of which Nicole designed herself—add an exotic yet elegant touch to each room.
The five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath house also includes a guest room featuring a custom headboard that Nicole had built on-site.
“The trim carpenter framed the headboard, and I ordered leather panels from one of my vendors. I have used the leather panels in multiple applications on previous projects but never in this application,” Nicole says.
The master bedroom is also designed with neutral colors and leads to a master bath retreat with an elegant tile waterfall backdrop for the bathtub. In addition to custom-designed white marble and dark wood custom cabinets, the bathroom also features a large walk-in shower and a coffee bar.
“I specialize in custom bathroom and kitchen design, and each bed-bath is connected in theme and style. The kitchen may appear simple, but every space has been placed strategically and designed with purpose and function in mind,” she says.
Nicole also likes to introduce new products in her design, like three-dimensional tiles that are incorporated in several places in the home, including around the 72-inch linear gas fireplace in the living room. The 24-foot ceiling in the living room is offset by the 12-foot ceilings in the rest of the downstairs area.
“We enjoy entertaining, and the openness in this type of design allows everyone to feel connected,” Nicole says.
The upstairs area is escorted by a modern architectural staircase with long, rectangular, geometric ironwork that is mimicked on the front door and the living room ceiling. Because they wanted the open family feel, the children’s study is at the top of the stairs just off the catwalk that opens over the living room before leading to the children’s bedrooms and play areas.
When standing on the catwalk bridge, you overlook the two-story entry, staircase and children’s study.
“Anyone can design wide open spaces, but there must be purpose to the openness while maintaining an identity with each space,” Shane says. “I accomplished this by designing three different ceiling designs in this open space. A floating ceiling drops from a recessed ceiling in the entry, a two-tiered cove ceiling over the staircase, and a box ceiling in the children’s study is a great illustration of this ‘identity.'”
“Our goal with this home was to design unique, one-of-a-kind spaces fulfilling the needs of our family alongside showing future clients what’s possible for them and their home.”