Our Home Design Board

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  • We have been renovating & decorating our home little by little as I’m prepared to take on the next project both mentally & financially. To keep it cohesive & maintain the direction I want to take over time, I’ve created a home design board that I can refer to when making decisions. It’s an overall picture of how I want our home to feel – light, cozy, intimate, warm & a reflection of who we are & where we’ve been.

    Our main level will be much like our previous home – neutral, seasonless, & traditional. It will also boast hardwood floors to create a continuous & open feel, reducing the choppy feel. We plan to remove the coat closet that is currently a barrier between our foyer & living room as well as the wet bar that divides the kitchen from the living room.

    brass-kitchen
    Design Sponge

    What will be different about our new home is that it will feel a little less cottagy. I’m adding heavy moldings, two panel craftsman doors as well as brass & glass door knobs to make it feel more polished & traditional. The kitchen will be a blend of brass, copper & stainless steel {appliances}, inspired by Martha Stewart’s Turkey Hill kitchen. I’m hoping to soften the wood with a light lime wash or through sanding & paint upper cabinetry a soft cream. Our cabinetry is not floor to ceiling like I’d like, but I refuse to gut a perfectly good kitchen, so I’m finding alternative ways to make it gorgeous with minimal spending for the space.

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    House Beautiful

    Another change in our new home from our old is that I’m warming it up with soft creams versus white paint in the kitchen & mudroom. I plan on using shiplap vertically to create a cozy mudroom that will easily wipe down. In addition to built-in cabinets & plenty of brass hooks, I am going to add a wood bench & sarouk runner.

    shiplap
    Phoebe Howard

    The breakfast nook aka sunroom will be home to my new brass lantern that I’ve waiting 3 years to purchase! It should arrive any day now – which is not a moment too soon since we’ve been dining in the dark. I also plan to replace the sliding glass doors with French doors so that we can open them to add a little fresh air & ease the flow when entertaining outdoors.

    My office is coming along! I just need a few more pieces of art to complete my gallery wall & an antique dresser for storage. I have yet to find the perfect piece.

    The dining room will be really traditional, blending my mom/grandma’s dining room table & buffet with my linen camelback chairs. I plan to ease the awkward 70’s window with an inset curtain rod & my belgian linen drapes. Eventually I’d love to add wainscoting as well.

    Architectural Digest
    Architectural Digest

    The family room & living rooms will use our existing furniture including English roll arm chairs & slope arm sofas. In addition to the existing brass tables, I plan to include my antique wardrobe & search for a few antiques. I plan to incorporate several wood pieces in our main level.

    Another reason I create an interior design board is that I can see how my ideas will all come together. I have been debating between cream colored bar stools & wood bar stools. When putting this style board together I realized I the cream stools will likely be a better fit if I retain wood cabinetry in the kitchen, with the hardwood floors.

    restoration-hardware-barstool

    A little more about the design board:

    Interior design board - styling a traditional home

    The first image is a space designed by Phoebe Howard. The heavy trim, molding detail & mix of wood, cream paint & seagrass rug capture the overall aesthetic I want to attain.

    I keep coming back to the second image. You’ve seen this kitchen before – it captures the traditional American style that I love!

    Martha Stewart’s Turkey Hill kitchen is the epitome of casual & classic. We’ve added brass pulls to our cabinetry & I have started collecting copper pieces to incorporate.

    You can read more about Emily Henderson’s office design here.

    I look forward to sharing our upper level & exterior design boards soon!

    I envision the upper level being a little more polished than our last home with lanterns & hardwoods in the hallway. The rooms will remain neutral, but offer a lot more pops of color through fabrics.

    Images: Design Sponge | House Beautiful | Phoebe Howard | Architectural Digest | Restoration Hardware

    Design Board Images: Phoebe Howard | Atlanta Homes Magazine | Martha Stewart | Emily Henderson

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