The owners of this typical 70 year old Ranch style home had lived and raised their family here.
The wife had just retired from working in the corporate world and wanted to dedicate this year to building their dream home, where they wanted to stay forever.
She and I worked very closely together first to develop the concept. After I had shown her and her husband a recently installed wide-plank French-Oak floor, she was smitten. She wanted that floor.
It determined the concept: FARMHOUSE WITH GLAM. Further concept words were: warm, inviting, colorful – a certain ORANGE hue had to be in the color scheme – upbeat, sophisticated easy to maintain and safe for the grandchildren. Nothing was to be precious or fragile. She also collects and loves original art.
She and her husband love to entertain and hold parties. The floor plan had to be open, inviting and conducive to party guests roaming around but also to sit and put their glasses down.
The open floor plan allows vistas to all adjacent public rooms. For example is the dining room buffet open to the hall way. The reading nook opposite the buffet allows guest to sit there and talk to people standing at the buffet, which can also be used as a bar.
Another bar-station was created in the kitchen, where people can gather around. The nickel finished bar cart is a third area to serve people sitting in the living room.
A two-sided gas fireplace in the wall separating dining from hall way gives visual warmth to the dining room and living room.
It was very important to develop an array of colors, materials and textures, which would relate to each other throughout all the rooms. I came up with a palette of warm greys with some white and black, some solid fabrics and some patterns.
The favorite orange hue can be found in each room thus creating the “red thread” so to speak tying it all together.
Notice, that the books on the shelf in the reading nook are color coordinated. I found a service where you can order books bound to your specifications.
COMISSIONED ART PIECES
I was commissioned to paint the large 4’ x 8’ painting, which has among other colors the special orange hue in it. I also embedded some of the clients’ favorite photos and images into the art work.
For the wall above the fireplace I wanted to find something soft to hang. Something, which relates to farmhouse and fireplace. We tossed several ideas around: from hanging baskets to wooden farm-tools. Until I stumbled across a fiber-artist’s work made of 100’s of felted balls strung onto a thick walnut branch. It now hangs above the fireplace.
On the living room facing side of the fireplace I had steel trays hung holding fragile glass bowls
In different sizes. Each glass bowl has a red dot at its bottom creating a rhythmic pattern.
Another custom piece is “BUZZED” by Paula Boas is hanging appropriately above the bar cart and yet another commissioned painting hangs in the powder room.
The powder room was too small to take a photo of the entire space. The vanity has a custom built cabinet to look like a farm house cabinet. For the floor we selected large old flagstones reclaimed from an ancient castle in France.
A contemporary vessel sink, wall mount faucet and mirror clad wall contrasts with flooring and cabinet. The contemporary wall hung toilet also saves necessary space.
GUEST BED ROOM
The color and material palette was carried through to the guest bedroom. It has a feel of cozy farm house with luxurious amenities. Custom bedding echoes the colors of the rug.