Our Home Design Board

LAST UPDATED: Nov 19, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Feb 02, 2015 | By: Julie Blanner

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

What do you think?