Name: Audrey and Matt with Simon, Bennett, and Cora Location: Lawrence, Kansas Size: 1,700 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; owned
When you visit Audrey's clan at home in Lawrence, Kansas, it's an unassuming beginning: Their place is tucked into a relatively new housing development where the houses have a tendency to look similar to one another. Then you come inside and the family's penchant for DIY projects greets you in the entryway with wide, can't-miss-'em stripes on the walls. And the evidence of their seemingly-endless energy doesn't let up from there.
Yesterday you voted on which French Country style dining room was higher end and, if you voted for this one (choice B!), then you nailed it! Survey results though were pretty close, with roughly half of you choosing A and the other half B. Click through to see the price and source for each piece, along with the cheaper alternative options.
Thanksgiving is on its way, which means now’s the time to find a table large enough to fit the whole family — including Uncle Bert, Aunt Jenny and Cousin William, who are all driving up from Georgia for the holiday. Here are two traditional takes on a warm, cozy French Country style, but with vastly different price tags. Here’s the catch, though: can you spot which version costs over $2K more than the other?
Diving into a Terry John Woods' book is akin to entering into really great gallery or boutique - its an all encompassing visual experience and an immersion into a singular look that's the result of a strong perspective and eye for detail. Like his books that have come before, New Farmhouse Style and Summer House, the latest makes this definitely-a-city-girl pine a little for the (country) road not taken...
Name: Deirdre and Vito Donno (and cat Onzo) Location: Brooklyn, New York Size: 3,000 square feet Years lived in: 16 years; Owned
Long time Brooklyn resident Deirdre Donno has an an unparalleled eye for style. After many years of working in fashion merchandising, she settled down to dedicate her style to boutique clothing store Otto in Park Slope. A joint venture between herself and fellow store owner Annette Englander, the boutique reflects her classically elegant style with an emphasis on local designers and high-quality forever pieces. That same philosophy can be seen in her home as well.
Layering multiple patterns in a room — that is okay. Encouraged, even. But using the same pattern over and over and over in the same room can be... a bit much. To modern eyes, this 60s bedroom may look fussy, or precious. You would never see this in a contemporary space... or would you?
Name: Karen Baumann of Intrinsic Design Location: Corte Madera, California Size: 460 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Owned
When I arrived at Karen Baumman’s apartment in Marin County, just 15 miles north of San Francisco, I was greeted with a glass of delicious lemonade, squeezed from the Meyer lemons growing outside. It was a gorgeous day and the apartment was flooded with sunlight — a nice feature for a 460-square-foot space. Karen, owner of Intrinsic Design, converted the garage of her duplex into this luxe little pad she calls her own while renting the other two apartments. Complete with did-it-herself electrical, flooring, and a mosaic kitchen table, the space is very personal and filled with only the things Karen loves. Her beautiful paintings accent the neutral walls and add dramatic color to each room, including a decent-size office.
Ali (right) explaining the room to Molly (left) in our group as she juggles the tea mugs
Name: Ali & William Hanham Location:Deans Court, Dorset, England Size: 18 acres & many, many rooms Years lived in: 5 years recently and since 1548 before that
It is not an everyday occurrence that we get to tour someone's ancestral home, you know the kind which has been "in the family" for over 450 years, the building of which is even older. This past week I spent part of an afternoon hearing this family's story, taking pictures and wishing I had all day to spend here. This is a refreshingly real home in an ongoing state of renovation. This is not really even a home that you "own", it's more of a home that is much older than anyone around and that you can only "take care of" before passing it on.
As someone who is perpetually considering refacing my kitchen cabinets, I am always on the lookout for ideas to use once that day finally comes. Just painting is not an option in my kitchen: the current cabinets are beige laminate with those flush, all-the-way-across, wooden pulls so popular in the late '70s/early '80s. The idea I am seeing a lot lately (like in the recent tour of Allison Burke's house) that I think has a really fresh look plus staying power is the colorfully-painted Shaker-style cabinet: