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Story by Angela Reeves | Photography by Kristen Mayfield

A grand and beautiful French style home with comfortable and livable spaces was the dream for the 13,000 ft2 home of Tahir and Amira Zukic. Their goal, accomplished with the help of designer Tara Coomer, was to make their new home feel like a luxurious hotel, yet so homey you do not ever want to leave. The couple is warm and inviting, loves to entertain and their new home in Olde Stone represents just that.

Tahir and Amira have been married 26 years, having met in elementary school in Bosnia. They moved to the U.S. 21 years ago. They own and operate TAZ Trucking – a family run business off Nashville Road. They have two children, daughter Arnela (25), who graduated from the University of Alabama and is engaged to be married in September, and son Erdin (22), who graduates in May also from the University of Alabama. Everyone works extremely hard in the business and they wanted a home they could enjoy together while entertaining fellow employees and friends with room for future grandchildren.

The Zukic’s had wanted to build for 10 years, to have a larger home and some land. They loved their previous 2,700 ft2 home in Hunters Crossing. That home was built by Rizo Smajic, so they knew they wanted him to build their new home. They chose Olde Stone because they found a nice sized two acre lot towards the back of the subdivision and Amira loved having the community of friends with the Clubhouse at Olde Stone. Originally their plan was for 7,000 total square feet but they kept adding to it to get all the things they wanted, ended with 10,000 ft2 of living space and 13,000 ft2 overall. The lot was purchased in December of 2018 and after planning, they began building in August of 2019. After a little over a year of building they moved in September of 2020.

The home covers three floors with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. It has tall ceilings throughout and grand staircases in the front entrance which can sometimes feel overwhelming, yet this house was made to feel welcoming and warm. Coomer and Co. helped  to achieve this with lots of warm neutral colors, mixed metals and casual moments paired with more luxurious things as well. “It turned out so lovely and timeless, and the classic nature of the home will never go out of style,” said Tara Coomer. “We just love Tara and Meaghan,” said Amira. “My husband was very skeptical of needing a designer but now calls them ‘his girls’ because he’s so happy.”

There is beautiful four inch white oak hardwood fl ooring on the main fl oor of the home which has their casual family room right off the front entrance. It has tall sliding doors which open into a cozy den where they spend most of their time. The room has calming dark blue walls with dark cabinetry, a fireplace and big lounging sofa which make for a relaxing area. There is a chess table that Tahir and the kids love to play on, and an oriental rug Amira found and purchased in Dalton, Georgia, which is one of her favorite things in the home.

Their master bedroom is also on the main fl oor, down from the living room. “I love sitting at the fireplace on the day sofa and reading. It is my favorite spot in the house because it is so peaceful. I even work from home there sometimes I enjoy it so much,” Amira said of the sitting area in her master bedroom. The master bath is bright and pristine with white tile and marble shower, floor and counters and a large walk-in dressing room and closet which has a center island with built in cabinetry and floor-to-ceiling shoe shelving.

The kitchen, formal living room and dining room are the remaining areas on the main floor and are used often for entertaining guests. The kitchen is Amira’s “bedroom,” she jokes because she spends all her time in there. She loves to cook many types of cuisine including traditional Bosnian dishes and to host parties.

“The kitchen is where all of the conversation takes place. When the kids are home, we talk and eat in here, and when we host people we normally talk and socialize in here before moving to the formal living room, dining room or basement.” There is a large butler’s area and pantry to organize all the food and décor for entertaining and a guest bedroom right off the kitchen.

The purple and gray accent dining room was designed to host large dinner parties, with a 14 seat dining table custom made to accommodate many guests. It was a challenge to accommodate that many people yet not feel huge and clunky, but instead delicate and beautiful. It turned out to be Amira’s favorite piece of furniture in the home, looking so luxurious and unique without being over the top.

The basement of the home is the “party room!” The Zukic’s love to host guests in the space which includes a full bar and kitchen open to the living room with a stone fireplace and a movie theatre. The Zukic Theatre has 12 grey leather reclining seats, bar seating and a popcorn, candy and drink area. They love to entertain family and have work-family movie nights. The basement also has a gym with many windows overlooking the back area and a full bath and sauna where Amira loves hosting girl’s sauna nights. The outdoor patio with kitchen is also a family favorite with a grilling area, ceiling heaters, island seating for eight made of granite and natural stone and a lounge area. “We love it so much we would come over here to grill out before the house was completed,” said Amira.

Upstairs on the top fl oor are four more bedrooms, a guest room, a kids bunk room with four large bunks and bean bag lounge chairs, Arnela’s room decorated in pink and grey with toys and a bed for her French bulldog Nacho, as well as Erdin’s room decorated in grey and green accents. Down a beautiful hallway with cathedral ceilings is a playroom for future grandchildren and children who visit. It has window bench seating and two hanging chairs with a star chandelier and accents.

The outcome of the home is gorgeous moments scattered throughout which all feel different from one another, yet still feel connected room to room. “I didn’t realize how much work building was going to be with quick decisions that you can’t go back and change but it turned out perfect,” said Amira. “We cannot say enough good things about working with Rizo, Tara and Meaghan. We are grateful for them and love our new home!”

The Zukic home would not have been possible without the help and work of these great Bowling Green professionals:

Builder - Rizo Smajic Construction
Architect – Graf Studio, Lee Ross Dinwiddie
Custom Window Treatments - Drapery Nation & BG Blinds
Furniture and Accessories - Bowling Green Home Furnishings
Tile - Just Tile It
Lighting – Bowling Green Winlectric Company
Interior Design - Coomer & Co. |
Tara Coomer, Owner and Principal Designer
Meaghan Boenig - Assistant Designer
Plumbing Fixtures – Ferguson
Granite – US. Granite LLC
Railing – Wrought Iron Concepts
Flooring – BPM Flooring, Slaven Demir
Cabinets – Cates Cabinets & Woodworking
Electrical – JB Electric

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