lighter and brighter in Jersey

I guess 9 times out of 10 Anisa and I are bringing more light into a space instead of the opposite (We went really dark in our new home, though…in some rooms.  I’ll post soon!).

We love new, larger windows, white tongue-and-groove ceilings, sconces & table lamps & chandeliers galore, and, at times, a new coat of lighter paint on kitchen cabinets and exterior siding.

Such was the case with our clients in New Jersey.  We have tackled their home, room-by-room, over the years.  Recently, the kitchen and the exterior got a face-lift:

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Their neighborhood is fairly traditional, so they wanted to keep it classic.  What we went with?  Well, a good cream of course.

New simple sconces flanking the door…and the paint colors are BM Swiss coffee (body), BM Iron Mountain (shutters & garage door), and Farrow & Ball light blue for the door  (respectively below)

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photo-101This is their “six-year home”, they said, so they went for a cosmetic upgrade to their kitchen instead of their desired complete gut.

The choices for the kitchen?  gray cabinets (BM Fieldstone–thank you, Sally Wheat :), antique brass 8″ pulls for hardware, Carrera marble tops, polished nickel Rohl faucets and a fireclay farmhouse sink.  They both declared the hood had to go, so we replaced it altogether with a clean-lined, industrial one.  The walls and ceiling were all given a bath in Swiss coffee like the exterior, and oyster gray grout proved to be a perfect contrast to the subway tile.   Oh, and don’t forget the honkin’ brass pendant!

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new shade for texture:

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New breakfast nook….

 

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I have never met this family, but I feel I know them so well!

 

Want to share another family’s home with you.  My grad school friend is selling their suburban Atlanta home (in Marietta).  I think you’ll like it.  I wish them the best on their new adventures in Colorado!

Her home has a website below:

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Here’s a peek:

 

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There are more pictures as well as Mandy’s contact info on the site if you like!

 

xo,

 

Julie

 

Serenbe Part II

Here are some more pictures that Anisa captured on her little getaway to Serenbe with her husband.  I think she went back in September.  Well, better late than never :)

 

They stayed in the cottage below (that has since sold) designed & furnished by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Atlanta.  IMG_4172

What a lovely board & batten exterior and beautiful door….

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and how great is that lantern?

 

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The nautical blue-and-brass continues inside:

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We are always fans of table lamps in the kitchen!

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And amazing shelves across the window…

 

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mod living room….

 

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love this floor lamp

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And we love MG+BW’s painted stump tables.

 

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Serenbe is truly about as close to Utopia as you can get.  Farmland mixed with the arts mixed with beautiful design and good food.  It doesn’t get much better.  (Only downfall is it’s quite expensive to live here.  It would be nice to make this available for the everyman.)

 

outdoor living:

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lovely bakery:

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acres of grass for grazing:

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shops all in walking distance:

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Every space so thoughtfully & tastefully designed:

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Casey (Anisa’s husband) enjoying dinner at The Farmhouse.

 

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I accidentally gave the incorrect link to his new album in the previous post.  Casey said about this album, “it’s filled with honest songs about the journey God’s had me on.”

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His new album on itunes, here.  

Of course, we’d love your support.

xo,

Julie

 

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