House Tour

I think it's important for the fixed features of a house to be appropriate to its architectural style. Although we built our home in 2007, it was designed in the style of a 1920s Craftsman bungalow. You'll see Shaker-style trim around all the doors and windows, inset doors on the kitchen cabinets, real wood floors, 3-over-1 or 5-over-1 windows, solid wood recessed panel doors, and medicine cabinets in most of the bathrooms.

The decor, however, is up for grabs. I am typically drawn to tailored furniture that creates a light, neutral base. Then I layer on pattern and colors, especially shades of blue.

MY WORK STUDIO

I love my daily commute -- just a walk upstairs to the three rooms I have taken over for my pillow business. The space I spend 95% of my work time in is what I call my studio. It's an office and a sewing room combined -- where I handle administrative tasks such as customer communications, product ordering, and marketing, as well as where I sew and pack orders. My giant cutting table and fabric storage are in other rooms.

The studio is the room in my home that most reflects my tastes. Because it's my business space, I made all decisions about the decor, without my husband having input/veto power. I was going for a "feminine-with-an-edge" look, and I think I nailed it. I often work 60 hours a week, and it's a lot more pleasant now that I have a beautiful space to work in!


 





LIVING ROOM

The living room decor has been in a state of flux for years. It's the room that has changed the most as my tastes evolved. In the past few months we switched out our black leather sectional for a linen colored tuxedo style sofa. Now that the big black beast is gone, I'm transitioning the room from a black/white/blue color scheme to various shades of blue with white. A new rug and new side chairs (channel back swivel barrel chairs in sapphire blue, please!) are on the menu.





KITCHEN

The shaker-style inset door cabinets, cabinet hardware, subway tile backsplash, and schoolhouse light fixtures are inspired by bungalows from the 1920s, as are the Carrara marble and walnut wood countertops.  I enjoyed sourcing every element during construction.  Of course, we worked in the modern conveniences that allow us to do the cooking and baking that we enjoy, too.



Kitchen photos by Whitney Neal Photography.

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MASTER BEDROOM

The chocolate walls help create coziness. I'm looking to take it a step further toward a sophisticated cocoon by swapping out the turquoise pieces, possibly for navy blue.
I've also been in search of new bedding forever but haven't found just the right thing. And you'd think someone who makes throw pillows for a living would have an amazing set of pillows on her bed, but since the current bedding is no longer my style, I haven't been motivated.


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Sources and Info:
  • Wall paint - Branchport Brown by Benjamin Moore
  • Bed - Aisling Cream Fabric Platform Bed by Baxton Studios
  • Mirrors - Dubois Mirrors from Crate & Barrel
  • Bedding - brand is Bella Lux Fine Linens, purchased at HomeGoods
  • Nightstand, writing desk and chair, chest, dresser - vintage or antique finds
  • Turquoise paint - Gulf Winds by Behr
  • Side table - formerly black, purchased at Target; paint color is Rustoleum's Gloss Apple Red
  • Boat artwork over chest - purchased at HomeGoods
  • Octopus art - purchased from Rue La La
  • Colorful pillow - Splash pillow from Fine Little Day
  • Red pillow - Dharti pillow by Bholu, purchased from Fab.com
  • Ceiling medallions - many styles and sizes found at Crown-Molding.com and ArchitecturalDepot.com
Click here for more master bedroom photos and links to details about each project.  If you're interested in any other info or sources, just leave me a comment and I'll add it.

DINING ROOM

Here's our very simple dining room.  We're not formal dining people and we have a small family of three, so we didn't want a large dining room that would be a waste of space for our family.  We usually eat at the kitchen island, so we only use the dining room when we're hosting guests.  Most days there is "stuff" on the table because it's a large horizontal surface just inside the door from the garage, so it's a convenient dumping ground!

I got a wild hair to hang vintage letters on my dining room wall.  Hey, I like to be a little different than the norm!  See more photos here. I'm ready for a change in this room, but it's low priority for now.


I love my industrial dining table, and topped it with glass to keep the reclaimed wood top protected and to make it easy to clean.  See more on that here.

This is (an old photo of) the opposite side of my dining room, leading upstairs

Sources and Info:
  • Table - Flatiron Desk from Restoration Hardware.  Yes, it's a desk, not officially a dining table.  RH's Flatiron collection includes both a desk and a table that have the exact same dimensions, except the desk has the legs all the way out to the corners, which allows me to fit 3 people on each side when needed, rather than just 2.  The only downside is that the cross-bars at the ends of the table are where the person's feet should be, but we deal with it.  We have a small dining room and this allowed us to seat the maximum number of people.
  • Chairs - Scoop-Back Chairs from West Elm
  • Letter R's - sourced from Etsy and Ebay


POWDER ROOM

Each of our bathrooms plus our laundry room were painted shades of beachy blue when we built the house. I was dying to install graphic wallpaper in the powder room which would lend big impact to the small space, but since I rarely use the room myself, I decided to save the money for other projects. Instead, I painted it almost-black for some budget-friendly drama.




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    34 comments:

    1. You have such fabulous taste!!! Love your kitchen.

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    2. Love the inside of your house too!
      I just got the restoration hardware catalog in the mail yesterday, and your home reminds me of some of the things in there!

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    3. Your home is GORGEOUS!


      Jenny
      www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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    4. Such simple decor! Nothing over the top!! I LOVE IT!

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    5. I love your style, too. It matches mine really well! ;)

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    6. What paint mfg and color did you use for the dining room?

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      1. Glad you like it! All the public rooms of the house, including the dining room, are Benjamin Moore's "Ashley Gray." It's a great neutral gray/beige -- just enough color that it's not dull, but also goes with everything.

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    7. I love how your home is so light and airy. And that spiral low bowl/charger is to die for. What a beautiful one-of-a-kind work of art - very organic.

      Lots of inspiration here for anyone/everyone. Thank you!

      Small House/Big Sky Donna
      http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com

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    8. Hey there! I found you via a comment you left over at Domestic Imperfection. Love your kitchen...and I also love the Restoration Hardware desk you're using as a dining room table. I'll definitely be back :)

      Christine
      http://www.parkhouselove.com

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    9. Your home is SO dreamy! I love everything about it...your lot, your kitchen, your porch...all of it! LOVE!
      Jo-Anna

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    10. Love it all! I was wondering what is the wall color in the bedroom. I have the same quilt/comforter on my bed and i love the contrast of blue and browns. Thanks, jamie
      Wellnessandfamily.blogspot.com

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      1. So cool that you have the same bedding. Did you buy it at HomeGoods like I did? The master bedroom wall color is Branchport Brown by Benjamin Moore. It's a nice chocolate brown.

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    11. Your house is extremely GORGEOUS! Quick question, where did you get that lamp that's sitting on the writing table?

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      1. Thanks so much! I got the lamp at Target years ago. It was during one of those temporary sales they do in Januarys.

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      2. Oh my goodness! Well I hope Target is still selling them! Thank you!

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    12. I saw the post on your bedroom and I see the rest of the house is just as tasteful. Beautiful home.

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    13. HOLLY CRAP! I LOVE YOUR HOUSE! We just rented a house and the bedroom is painted the exact same brown. I was considering painting it a light blue but instead i might copy your bedroom. Save me a ton of time. You are awesome!

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    14. Nice home and blog!

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    15. Just found your blof. I'm in love! Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous home

      Irene

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      1. Thanks so much, Irene! Glad you found me, and I hope you come back again soon!

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    16. I'm in love!!!! What color are the walls near the stairs lower level?

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      1. Thanks so much!! The wall color is Ashley Gray by Benjamin Moore. It's a perfect greige that complements both warm and cool colors.

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    17. Love the dark colored walls in the bedroom. I wanted to try that ,but was afraid it would look too dark , but with the light colored spread and funiture, it looks fab. Thanks for sharing. Hope to be at your yardsale Saturday. Sunny

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      1. Thanks! I think a bedroom is a great place to have a cocoon-like feeling, and dark walls certainly help with that. Maybe you can give it a try!

        Hey, did you make it to the sale? If so, you should have said hello!

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    18. You might have already said and I just missed it but where did you get your sectional? Love it! It is so hard to find black leather sectionals that aren't puffy!

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      1. So true. When I tell people I have a black leather sofa, I find myself immediately explaining that it's modern rather than puffy and tacky! We purchased ours from the showroom of a local interior design firm, but Design Within Reach sells one that looks almost identical. (Our feet are different, I believe.)

        http://www.dwr.com/product/portola-sectional-sofa-leather.do

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    19. Your home is beautiful! I really like your style and I LOVE your blog name as I am a fellow procrastinator =)

      Jen =)

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      1. Procrastinators unite! BTW, I appreciate the compliments!

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    20. Your house is beautiful! love the pop of red in the master with that little table :)

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    21. Your home is my absolute DREAM!! Its just GORGEOUS! Thank you so much for sharing it:)

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    22. Such a lovely home! So many pretty touches. (The powder room makeover is my fave!)

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    23. Our cats have the same roadkill pose. :P You have great taste. I especially love your living room. (I say go for the navy! ) :)

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