Spring 2024

Unprohibited Fun

Words by Meghan Craig  |  Photos by Craig Keene

A speakeasy resonates with a historical look, where its design references are loud and clear


private speakeasy seemed like the ideal solution for homeowners Bryan and Robin, who wanted to completely remodel their lower level.

 They contacted their friend Austin Roeser of Roeser Homes, who suggested they work with Nate and Jessica White of Trove Homes on the design, while Roeser Homes helped execute the design plan.

“One of my favorite parts about this project was really being able to showcase our client’s personality and individual style,” Jessica says.

“A lot of time was spent really examining the space from the standpoint of the aesthetic that the clients wanted to accomplish, but also how the space needed to function on a day-to-day basis,” adds Nate.

Every element of the space was carefully curated to give a nod to a time gone by, from the velvet drapery in the theater to the antique back-bar mirrors framed by inset lens lights to the custom brass foot rails on the bar and the black marble and brass inlay floors. To make good use of the space under the stairs, Trove Homes created an Art Deco-inspired seating nook.


“I love the Art Deco black marble tile rug with the gold inlay,” Jessica says. “It adds such dimension and character to the space. Each element works in harmony together to create a dramatic bespoke look.” 

The natural light in the lower level allowed Trove Homes to add dark and moody tones, creating dramatic contrasts throughout, and the layering of different shades of green throughout the space added to the Prohibition-era feel.

One aspect Trove Homes prioritized was the client’s desire to keep a few elements of the original space. 

“A lot of the original ceiling was a drop-tin ceiling,” Nate says. “We loved that the homeowners wanted to incorporate this back into the new design but just in a smaller space. We were able to create that moment in a long hallway by using brass tin on the ceiling to lead people from the bar area to the theater. There was also an original massive wood beam that they wanted to salvage, which we later used as the base for the custom built-in entertainment center. It was both fun and challenging to incorporate these elements into the new design.” 


Contractor: Roeser Homes, @roeserhomes

Designer: Trove Homes, @trovehomes



Interior Designer: Trove Homes 
Contractor: Roeser Homes 
Cabinets: Cabinets by King 
Flooring: SVB Wood Floors 
Lighting Fixtures: Wilson Lighting  

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