Hello everyone! I love love love this house!! It’s so charming and it was such a treat to work on! Every house I design has a unique story behind it. This one in particular has a few unique stories behind it… 🙂
Our Jefferson house sat vacant for 10-15 years. Evidently, the man that lived in the house before was loved by everyone! So much so that the side street was named after him! When he passed away, the family couldn’t part with the house, so they tried to maintain it as best they could. Unfortunately, it wasn’t maintained as well as needed. It ended up needing a ton of work, but it was a sweet story and we loved every second of designing this home!
Another funny story about this house is that 10 years ago, my brother was designing a house 3 doors down and he was approached by someone who was casting for local commercials. She got his name and number and through a series of events, I met my current producers and now we have a TV show!
This house was really cute, but it had a TON of difficulties. The sewer had to be dug out from the basement all the way to the middle of the street. When the home was built, the sewer was joined in the neighbors front yard! That took a huge toll on my budget, but you have to expect these things when you’re designing huge, old homes like I am!
The front of the house had red brick, red roof, and pink trim around the windows. It was dated and didn’t do any of favors for the house. With the brick buildings surrounding, my team and I felt like the house didn’t stand out. We opted for a bright white, black windows and blue front door. We feel like this made all the difference. I love how charming it looks now 🙂
The entryway of the house had beautiful stair spindles, and thankfully we were able to get the white off of the woodwork! I’m so glad we were able to save this beautiful railing because it adds to the character and charm of the home! New stair spindles wouldn’t have been the same 🙂
Unfortunately, all of the trim in the house had already been painted and poorly done. We were able to clean it up and make it look awesome!
The rest of the entryway was pretty simple! We cleaned up the walls and window. Then added a new light fixture!
The kitchen was barely a kitchen! This home and a lot of the older homes I design often have back staircases. In this home, it had a back staircase, but it had 5 steps that led to the main staircase. It took up space and didn’t make any sense! My guys removed it and that added a TON of space. My guys also removed the brick stack in the corner to open the space up. Now, it’s a great space for entertaining and looks like it always should have 🙂
Countertop: Daltile Luminesce | Backsplash: Daltile Matte Desert Gray | Countertop Fabrication: Rocktops | Flush Lights: Kichler | Appliances: Ferguson | Wall Color: Sherwin Williams | Cabinets: Crestwood | Sink: Kohler | Faucet: Kohler | Brass Shelves: Wahoo Designs | Flowers: Branches and Twigs | Kitchen Accessories: Contact us to purchase! | Tile Install Materials: Laticrete | Insulation: Henges Insulation | Insulation Materials: Knauf Insulation | Barstool Chairs: Contact us to purchase!
I wanted to do something historic yet modern. My team and I opted for a natural beautiful stained wood, bright white counters and beautiful herringbone gray subway tile. We made those awesome shelves out of the same material as the countertop. Then added the brass brackets! If you can’t tell, I love the brass brackets. I’ve used them in a number of homes this season! How awesome do those look?!?
I think the most interesting part about the kitchen is the lights! The kitchen and dining areas are tied together because of these beautiful school house styled lights. Laying the lights in a grid like pattern adds such a dramatic touch and it’s much more interesting than a simple can light. I love it!
Table: Unruh Furniture | Rug:Kaleen | Bench Fabric: Thibaut | Bench Designer: Weave Gotcha Covered | Artwork: Audrey Benskin (Contact us to purchase! ) | Plants: Suburban Lawn & Garden | Flush Lights: Kichler
Thankfully, we were able to save all of the windows and doors in the house. We opted to paint the inside of the windows black to add some much needed definition to the space. We also opted for a matte finish on the floors and I’m glad we did because it felt like it had always been there! To top it all off, we were able to add some extra room in the dining by utilizing the built in banquette. Now, you can fit so many more people in this area!
I feel like this space really modernized beautifully, but still saved all of the character and charm.
Artwork: Audrey Benskin (Contact us to purchase! )
Now onto the living room…. The fireplace tiles were falling off and the bookcase was jankey and rickety. We wanted to save the beautiful mantle, so we added black tile and changed out the insert. Now, it’s a functioning fireplace. We painted the entire mantle and up a beautiful black to give a striking appearance. It adds a touch of charm and drama to the area!
Artwork: Audrey Benskin (Contact us to purchase! ) | Window Treatment Fabric: Thibaut | Window Treatment Designer: Weave Gotcha Covered | Light Fixture: Kichler | Plants: Suburban Lawn & Garden | Furniture & Accessories: Contact us to purchase!
How gorgeous is this half bath?! Originally, the home didn’t have a bathroom on the main floor, so my guys took out a closet and added in this gorgeous bath. I love how the tile on the floor looks intentional, like it was always here! You all know I love adding a touch of fun wallpaper and this bathroom was no exception!
Garage: Overhead Door
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