Name: Gregory, Charles, and Macy (Boxer)
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Size: 2,600 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years
It's hard to believe that Charles and Greg's house used to be white. When they first bought it ten years ago, there were only white walls, and in some rooms, white trim. Looking at it now, with its cozy rooms and warm-toned walls, makes you want to hunker down, grab a bottle of red wine and watch cartoons all morning long. Just kidding! Cartoons aren't sophisticated enough for this place.
Charles and Greg's home says comfortable elegance instead. Antiques mingle with newer furniture from catalog stores, making a space that is refined, but without the stuffy factor. It's got one foot in the old world, and one firmly planted in the new. This is all the more apparent on the second floor, when the home's more traditional floor plan gives way to a huge open space that is the master suite.
Macy the dog gets the last word on the subject. Although her fur IS white, she seems perfectly at home amid all that color.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Our style is a mix of old & new, with a touch of the unusual thrown in for good measure.
Inspiration: Homes of family and friends, movies, magazines, catalogues, shops... you name it. Our goal was to create a home that's comfortable, warm, and inviting.
Favorite Element: The floor plan of the house is a little unusual, but we love it. The first floor has more of the original, traditional Craftsman elements but the second floor was opened up to be a more modern, loft-like space. It's the best of both worlds and has allowed us to easily blend old and new furnishings together. For an older home, the floor plan is quite open and there is a lot of natural light. We also love that the original floors, doors, and moldings are still intact.
Biggest Challenge: Initially, the challenge was finding a home that was the right fit. It had to be large enough to accommodate most of our stuff, but not be so large that is was overwhelming. During our years in the house, we have managed to fill it up. Now, the challenge is - if something new comes in, something else has to go.
What Friends Say: If we have a garage sale, they want advanced notice and early shopping privileges.
Biggest Embarrassment: We have a significant amount of stuff packed away in the basement that we'll probably never use. We can't seem to give it away, throw it out, or sell it. We prefer the term "collector" to "hoarder".
Proudest DIY: When we found the house, it had been on the market for over two years. It was a complete blank canvas - no furniture and no color. In one afternoon, we chose the colors for almost every room in the house. We particularly like our 'orange room', which is our TV/family room. Originally painted white with gray trim, it seemed sort of long and narrow with lots of windows that would make it challenging for furniture placement. We painted the walls and trim the same color, using flat paint on the walls and semi-gloss on the trim. The deep, consistent color seemed to 'square-up' the room and makes it a cozy space.
Biggest Indulgence: The master bath was initially nice and functional, but nothing special. After living with it for a few years, we started thinking about making a couple updates. Soon, we had a complete gut rehab on our hands. It just made more sense to do it all at once.
Best Advice: Different sources of lighting can add a lot of interest to a room. And we're big fans of dimmers.
Dream Sources: ABC Carpet & Home, John Derian, and any of Martha Stewart's castoffs
Resources of Note:
• Ethan Allen
• Room & Board
• Crate & Barrel
• Pottery Barn
• West Elm
• Restoration Hardware
• regional art shows
• R. Ege Antiques
• Quintessential Antiques
• estate sales
• flea markets
• inherited pieces from parents/grandparents
Thanks, Chuck & Greg!
Images: Ann Manubay, Dabney Frake
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