These empty nesters were ready to build a new home. This project began with choosing a builder, working all the way through to styling each room.
Their straightforward goals included: support aging-in-place; define cozy retreat areas; provide wide open entertaining areas; reveal views of the wooded backyard; and create a lived-in feel, rather than obviously-brand-new.
The homeowners were extremely organized and preferred symmetry in the seating arrangements and custom, built-in cabinetry. The footstools on either side of the coffee table allow for flexible seating when hosting larger groups in this main entertaining area.
We played with pattern in custom pillows to give an easy chic vibe to the room. The curtains carry the color from the entertaining to the dining areas and help to make the spaces feel connected.
These frames created a family tree of marriages on both sides of the family, so were featured in the main living space. This level of detail adds warmth and meaning to a space, especially key when it's large.
The wing and morris chairs were in the family for decades, and simply recovered to reflect their new surroundings.
We used modern solar shades for sun control but kept a traditional feel with the valances. Though less traditional than the furnishings, the white wool shag rug brightens & softens this seating area.
In the dining area, this custom made cherry farm table with two leaves allows ample space for guests. Matching bookcases are a great way to add character and keep display items from looking cluttered.
Space in the dining area allowed for a bar and a unique display which includes Grandma's rolling pin.
Before we started, this house was brimming with too much unused space, and none of it reflected this family’s style or world-traveling history.
We made it a more comfortable home by breaking down the extra space into functional areas that breathe life, color and flow into each day. By reclaiming many already-owned antiques, new purpose transformed even the smallest spaces.
In this welcoming entry seating area, the only stipulation for the floor plan was enough room for the kids to hide behind the sofa for playing hide and seek with their dad...of course, he still had to act surprised every time :) Click here to see the inspiration
Adding color and lush texture to the ample natural light here creates a big impact. The green velvet sofa makes this voluminous space feel cozy and comfortable.
Inspired by a dramatic courtyard in Killarney, Ireland, the orange wall color was the perfect compliment to let her love for plants and nature shine through.
In the master bedroom, the best views in the house inspires the couple's private retreat.
A mirror on one side reflects the views and sunlight from the opposite wall of windows. Pink color and high gloss surfaces add an energetic pop to the tranquil space.
A second wall color, two-thirds of the way up as is common in Europe, visually calms many different vertical heights in the room. It also reminds the couple of living abroad together, back in the day.
A treasured, vintage, signed Star Wars poster is the star of this gallery wall. This intimate space even inspired a no-kids-allowed, movie-and-cookies, date night each week, once the children are fast asleep.
This room tells the story of two professionals who love hosting family gatherings with their grandchildren. Her favorite color red added much warmth to a space which didn't get much sunlight.
The Native American rug above the sofa inspired this entire space. We treated it like a piece of eclectic art, which also protected it from wear on the floor.
The patterns reflect the homeowners love of all kinds of fabric, as sewing is a favorite pastime. The rug acoustically (and physically) softens loud, rambunctious, family gatherings.
Just like the three bears, the large solid chair has a deeper seat for the very tall husband, while the pair of side chairs are the perfect shape and size for his very petite wife. Reupholstering these existing chairs transformed them into two of her favorite things in the room.
The Swedish Dala horses were a family heirloom and coordinate with the spirit of this room.
The Native American photograph above the vintage chairs ties nicely with the native American rug above the sofa. Brimming with family treasures, every piece in this space becomes part of the story.
The challenge of this project was blending the owner's sophisticated, modern style with the classic architecture of this craftsman home.
New millwork and cabinetry extend the classic proportions of the home, while featuring an unexpectedly high-gloss sheen which seamlessly supports its modern decor.
In the upstairs bathroom, the black framed mirror over the sink creates a strong focal point, while the custom black shutters add a fresh take on traditional style. Click here to see the inspiration
Since the homeowner was drawn towards striking graphic borders, we used that detail in the shower floor tile and even the dark schluter outlining of the shower doors and walls.
When not in use, the TV/mirror above the living room mantle reflects the sunlight and the red accent wall opposite the room.
We did a modern take on craftsman style for the built in bookcases and mantle, using color and gloss finishes to keep it fresh.
The tufted, red chair carries that color further into the room from the opposite staircase wall. Repeating details like the layered rugs and cabinetry/millwork help make different functional spaces feel like one cohesive space.
The Issey Miyake light fixture above the dining table along with the cowhide rugs reflect the modern taste of the homeowner, while still respecting the house's origins.
The color and style of the bookcases with the french doors in the dining room imitate the configuration of the living room bookcases and mantle.
Work done in coordination with Monica Miller of J.S. Brown & Co. Photography by Todd Yarrington.
As a FIT graduate relocating from Brooklyn, this artist needed new surroundings to support her creative soul, including full working studio for her jewelry designs; photo studio for her fashion blog; place to relax & entertain friends; plus pet friendly considerations for Lula, her Brussels Griffon.
With a collection of flea market treasures, curating a few investment pieces was required to complete the space. Rental restrictions meant walls & windows were off limits, and any new purchase would eventually move on with her down the road.
The amusing collection of religious paintings above the sofa are from thrift stores all over the globe. Here is one of two large area rugs purchased for this studio apartment.
The office zone computer doubles as a tv when it's not being used as a desk. The bench tucks neatly under the desk and can be pulled up to the sofa for extra seating.
The studio is the first room guests enter from outside. The colorful buffet holds the majority of her jewelry supplies and pin boards allow her to easily edit inspiration as it suits her.
This huge hanging roll of paper showcases her artwork as a backdrop for her fashion blog photographs.
The coffee table is large enough to hold everything from British Vogues to a tray of hors d'ouevres.
This charming cape cod came alive from itʼs characterless and outdated starting point. Putting every precious square inch to use while respecting the architecture of the house was the focused goal of this project.
Adding period-appropriate shutters in the living room as well as pulling up carpet and refinishing wood floors throughout the home provided a clean shell to work with.
A neutral color palette unifies the eclectic curation of furniture pieces chosen for the living room. The textures from the velvet sofa, the hemp rope chairs and the cowhide on the ottomans add interest and warmth to this serene space.
The bookshelf/bar in the dining room imparts a library-like feel and invites you to stay a while, pour a glass of wine, and sit down to read a favorite book.
The custom leather-wrapped desk is the star of the room and a treat to touch when sitting down to work. Both vertical and wall storage were maximized for efficiency in this tiny, full-time office. Click here to see the inspiration
A luxurious faux fur throw on top of a thick wool blanket make climbing into bed a sumptuous experience.
A delicate color palette of cream, white and taupey pink are grounded with the classic checkerboard floor in this sun-filled kitchen. Click here to see the inspiration