Hi all, hope everyone had a wonderful, and restful Thanksgiving with your families. Ours was quite, well nothing with two small children is ever really quite, but it was nice!
Lots of food, and lots of clean up!
Here is part 2, of the Reserve at Old Fredericksburg model home.....The rest of the first floor.
If you missed the first part of this model, decorated by Dy Lynne Decor, you can see it here.
The kitchen, living, and breakfast area in this house, are all open to each other, I love the flow of this. It makes a great space for entertaining, everyone can just gather.
In the living room space, there is a beautifully aged leather sofa, an armless chair, and two small bench seats. The leather sofa, it's such a timeless piece, this piece will be in style for years. A simple leather sofa, can tend to look a little masculine, the tufting here, helps tone that down.
An armless chair is a great way to add more seating, without taking up alot of floor space. This chair is slip-covered, so it looks simple and effortless.
The pillow even matches the wallpaper from the entryway (see here).
I love the wall art set up here, it doesn't have to be predictable. You can create a gallery wall with what ever you have. The golden animal bust, is the perfect topper to balance out the color on this side of the room, and brings in another material and texture. Adding objects that are three dimensional, helps add interest to a grouping like this as well.
Here is the dresser piece before, unfinished wood.
If I can get my hands on an unfinished piece, that is ideal, but you could paint a similar treatment on a salvaged piece of furniture. Changing out hardware, will update a piece as well. Here, an aged brass cup pull was used, but an oil rubbed bronze would work well too.
The rug is wool, and the heavy pattern really weighs the room down. If you start with a heavy busy pattern here, you can bring in all sorts of patterns around the area, and make it look cohesive. This also gives you a larger color pallet to work with.
The small bench seats could be used to kick your feet up, or as additional seating. These are covered in an animal hide.
Dy Lynne did such a great job in here, mixing all sorts of texture and materials. If you have to much of one in any area, the room starts to look heavy, and unfinished, this room has a great balance.
The pillows on the couch mix in more textures, and great patterns.
In this beautiful kitchen, the cabinets were painted in a deep gray tone. The stainless steal, brick walls, and wood floors all balance this room out. Grey can tend to be a heavy dark color for cabinets, and the counters are very rich in here too. But with the right lighting, adding glass front cabinets, and mixing the elements, this kitchen feels very open and fresh, and has a style that isn't easily dated. You can add pops of color inside the cabinets with dishes, or in the decor on the counter tops.
Te large island is the perfect spot for the kids to eat breakfast, and great when having a party, using it as a buffet. The stools bring in the bit of the industrial feel to the mix.
The breakfast area is just off to the side of the kitchen. A four top table is used here, but there is plenty of room for a bigger table, for a growing family.
The light fixture here, is so unique. It was picked up at an antique show, where it was custom made. I love the mixture of the metals, with the heavy, thick rope.
Just to the side of the kitchen is a special little area.
This room could have so many uses.
For this house, they used it as a sitting room, perfect for grabbing a cup of coffee, and reading a good book by the fire.
There are four small leather chairs, gathered around a custom coffee table.
I'm not sure what this piece was in a former life, except yummy vintagey goodness! It has such great character, and a gorgeous coat of cream chippy paint.
There is another custom piece of lightning hanging in here. Very unique, and it brings the industrial feel to the mix, in this room.
On each side of the fireplace, is a deep niche with built in cabinets, and shelves.
On the back wall of these spaces, I used a special paint treatment. See the how-to HERE.
The pattern has little birds, and you know how I love my birds!
My cute little kids made it into a frame here.
On the back side of the sitting room, is the mud room and the entrance from the main garage.
Laundry rooms tend to be boring, and since its's a space your in alot, why not make it look nice. Over the washer and dryer, a counter was installed. Its the perfect spot for folding and storing laundry supplies. I think this space gets overlooked so easily. Even a piece of butcher block across the top of the two, can unify the space.
On the wall I painted a simple quote, in a charcoal grey, just in case you kids need reminding.
Next to the washer and dryer, is a built in work area. The door to the driveway, and detached garage is right here, so it makes it a great spot for items you need to grab when your on the go. This one was turned into a wrapping station. If you have it fully stocked, you'll always be ready.
A shelf held up with old corbels is a good place to display useful items, it doesn't always have be a decorative piece for it to be beautiful. Use ribbon, twine, bags, scissors in a jar, and a tubs of paper, as pieces of art.
Here is the view form the back of the house. There is a very large deck up stairs, and a covered area with a full kitchen downstairs.
I love how they kept all the oaks in the backyard. It creates the perfect entertaining area. There is a flagstone patio, and a fire pit in the center.
So that's it for the first floor.
Check out part 1 of the model, if you missed it, HERE, the rest of the first floor.
Next I will show you the upstairs, including the kids rooms, and an awesome loft area.
Dy Lynne, with Dy Lynne Decor, and her amazing team, pulled this amazing model off in just days!
Check out some of her other work here, and see her on Facebook here.
See some of the other models I have work on with these ladies, here, and under the models tab at the top. Lots of inspiration!
I know this is a model home, and it's perfect, but I think you can implement so much of this in your own home, and in your spaces. From the mixing of materials, to the placement of furniture. Try working with what you have, but using it in new ways!!