farmhouse meets traditional

It is such a small world.

A potential client contacted us recently and I asked her if she was local.  Well, not only is she near Atlanta, she is in walking distance.  She found our blog and had no idea I lived in her neighborhood.  I love that!

She has this innate style I wish I had:  clean, warm, minimal without being stark–very thoughtful.

(here is a peek at her dining room.  She had this hutch constructed and it is almost finished.)



She (I always type “she”, but of course I mean “they” :) ) chose Farrow & Ball’s Matchstick for her main floor.  They have light-filled rooms and tall ceilings, so it reads white and creamy, not dark and yellow.  She did good.


Her style reminds me of some of my all-time-favorite rooms:


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Country Living Magazine (let me know if this is actually Country Home)


(I don’t know source)



Again, don’t know, but isn’t this just beautiful?



design by Ruby Beets

Although our clients’ style is more old farmhouse than traditional colonial, I think it best we marry the two.

23771cdcf1771f96f32f2f19ada68ac7c0f1309908This isn’t their home, but it is quite similar.  Grand, stately, and painted brick.  (dream, right?)


     Our advise is always to honor the architecture of your home.  If your home is a total mid-century ranch, then we think it best to keep some elements that honor this time period (maybe a mod lamp or two, low-scale furniture, etc).  If your home was built in the ’20s or ’30s, then consider some timeless white subway tiles and dark grout for your kitchen and baths, or, at minimum, some period light fixtures here and there.  It makes me hurt when people renovate a home and the home’s essence is completely lost.  If your facade beckons to an era of design, then at least make mention of it in the interior.

Man, had to get preachy there for a minute.


Darryl Carter does a perfect job of combining minimal farmhouse & timeless traditional:



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Maybe not much farmhouse in the last photo, but the art nods to it.  (I read that he prefers to hang his art lower than most.  He said it should be at eye level while sitting.  Genius, and less formal, don’t you think?


As much as I adore this aesthetic, I find that I am more and more drawn to color.  Wyatt’s room is now aqua and red, Liam’s is green and I’m Anisa and I are about to hang a million landscapes above my sofa below (and move the tv and clean up.  I can’t believe I’m posting this picture)


Oh, I really want this sofa, but I also want to stay married.  Chris ain’t having no new sofa.

shelter arm skirted sofa restoration hardware

How great is my new lamp, though?  Worth every cent.


I promise to have my sister come take a pretty picture of our living room when we hang the art.

We also have some great stuff going on—Daniel and his crew are crankin’ out some renovations.  The kitchen below will be green, the hood will be tiled, the hardware will be brass…oh, and they got a white Viking range and white SMEG.  Can you see it?

Okay, I am so sorry this is not straight.  I tried three times and can’t get WordPress to flip it.

They opted for more windows & a better view in lieu of more storage.  Good choice.


I hope you’re having a good day!


go big or go home

It’s best not to have any fear when selecting your light fixtures.  Sometimes, the biggest honkin’ chandelier you can find is the best choice.

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One of my all-time favorites:  Country Home Magazine


Barbara Westbrook (I am almost postive)


Kay Douglass






Have a wonderful weekend,



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