This Moody, Dramatic ’90s Ranch-Style House Pulls Inspiration From English and French Design
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Name: Tara Carney, husband Sean, and Goldendoodle, Gus
Location: North Florida
Size: 1800 square feet
Type of Home: Single family, Ranch-style built in 1993
Years Lived In: 2.5, owned
The creative behind @thecarneysbloom, Instagrammer and blogger Tara Carney, has filled her Florida home with pattern and personality. There is no shortage of artwork, bust sculptures, or other one-of-a-kind finds. Read on for a look inside Carney’s French- and English-inspired space, which she shares with her husband and their Goldendoodle, Gus.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: It’s an eclectic mix of traditional and classic with hints of Parisian/English and Old World elements.
Inspiration: Pinterest, always! Instagram, too! More specifically: English homes, Ralph Lauren, Robert Kime, Jessica Helgerson, Heidi Caillier, and so, so many more talented humans!
Favorite Element: Any kind of molding.
Biggest Challenge: Making an open concept work for this separate space loving girl.
Proudest DIY: All of the molding I’ve added to every square inch of our house. Easy but super impactful!
Biggest Indulgence: The art I have and continue to collect.
Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? This home was a complete blank canvas with no flow. We’ve created separate spaces in a great room — a library, music room, dining room, entry, and living space all in one large room.
What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? Ceiling medallions are such a fun, easy, and unique way to add character and charm. I used them with some pendant lights in our bedroom over our nightstands, which I’ve never seen done before, and I just love that little unique spin. Also, lamps — seriously, overhead lighting is not for me. Oh, and busts! I’m a sucker for a plastered head.
Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Not exactly brilliant, but when everything has a place, it’s so much easier to stay organized. Also, when you have beautiful pieces scattered about, the mess is less noticeable. Tidy up on Friday nights so you wake up to a fresh house Saturday morning. Display your beautiful, cherished things, and store the ugly put practical stuff away!
Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? I probably shouldn’t share this, but it’s not like I’m inventing the wheel: GO THRIFTING OFTEN!
PAINT & COLORS
- Paint color — “Simply White” Benjamin Moore
- Kitchen cabinet color — “Tricorn Black” Sherwin-Williams
- Bathroom wallpaper — “Seasons Toile” in Scarlet by York Wallcoverings
- Hallway wallpaper — “Sprig & Heron” in Black by York Wallcoverings
- The Study wallpaper — “Spinney Toile” in Blue via Wayfair
- Bathroom Marble checkered tile — MSI via Home Depot
- Bathroom marble shower tile — Jeffrey Court
- Crown, wall, and chair molding — Home Depot
- Ceiling Medallions — Ekena Millwork via Home Depot
- Wood floors — Lifeproof LVP in color Fresh Oak from Home Depot
- Curtains — RITVA from IKEA
- Large mirror on gallery wall — Beaudry mirror from Ballard Designs
- Front door — Rustica Hardware
- Interior French doors — Eight doors
- Wood woven shades — Blinds.com in “Sarasota Camel”
- Living Room sofa — Cindy Crawford 3pc Bedford Park in Ivory from Rooms To Go
- Living/Dining Room rug — “Natural chunky jute tasseled” from Rugs USA
- Rug — “Beige seagrass with border” from Rugs USA
- All bust statues — Amazon & Etsy
- Bedroom rug —“Beige classic border” from Rugs USA
This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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