Functional Yet Fabulous Style in New Hampshire

Functional Yet Fabulous Style in New Hampshire

Nancy Mitchell
Jul 3, 2016

Name: Tanya Lacourse
Location: New Hampshire
Size: First floor of a two-family home; Tanya's part is 1100 square feet, and there's also a large yard.
Years lived in: 5 years

When Tanya purchased this little house in New Hampshire five years ago, she had no idea of the time, elbow grease, and persistence it would take to make it into a home. But persist she did. And after all the hard work, Tanya has a ton of renovating experience — and a beautiful place to call home.

Tanya is no stranger to Apartment Therapy; she's contributed many posts to us over the years, and we've featured her first apartment and her previous apartment on the site. It's fun to click through those previous tours and watch her style evolve. You can also watch her current home evolve through posts on our site; Tanya has shared with us the process of transforming her kitchen, her bathroom, the laundry room, her bedroom, the closet, the fireplace in the living room, and the pool area. Basically, there isn't a single part of her home that didn't get a complete overhaul.

Once you take a look around, I think you'll agree that all that hard work was more than worth it. Tanya's home is cozy but not cluttered, beautiful and stylish but with an approachable, come-on-in vibe. The whole place feels peaceful, pretty, and full of light — it's a home that is clearly well loved.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Clean, vivid, functional, and everything in its place. Or more creatively, Knick-knack imbued organization with feminine persistence.

Inspiration: Traveling, gardens, fashion, pattern, the way things feel, color theory, and comfort.

Favorite Element: All the natural light, ample storage, and the hammock in the back yard.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping the pool clean, the flowers fed, and the lawn cut. And working with multiple contractors over a five year span!

What Friends Say: One friend asked if she could live in my closet. People often comment on how peaceful and quiet it is and how they love the huge trees.

Biggest Embarrassment: The state of my fiddle head ficus tree in my bedroom. I’ve had it for a few years and while it is showing new growth, the existing leaves are sadly, VERY dry. It’s lost its leaf density over the years too.

Also not placing the kitchen ceiling fan centered over the dining table. When the kitchen ceiling was gutted, I took a guess on where I thought the table would be and I guessed wrong. I should have centered the fixture within the room.

Proudest DIY: Completing the renovation. I was massively naïve when I bought the house 5 years ago and had little perspective on the energy, labor, decision making, communication and money it would require to make it pretty.

Biggest Indulgence: The French linen curtains in my bedroom and the dwarf Japanese red bud tree in the front yard. You can see it in bloom in the first photo.

Dream Sources: ABC Carpet, 1stDibs, and artist studios or galleries for original artwork.

Resources of Note:


• Benjamin Moore: Cotton Balls (everything white)
• Benjamin Moore: French Violet (bathroom)
• Martha Stewart: Pressed Rose (bedroom)

• Laura Ashley: Ivy Wreath (lower kitchen cabinets)


• Curtains: West Elm
• Curtain Rod: Pottery Barn
• Chair: Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams for Pottery Barn
• Wingback Chairs: Restoration Hardware
• Wall Sconces: Circa Lighting

• Wallpaper: Etchings & Roses from Walnut Wallpaper


• Table: Restoration Hardware
• Chairs are salvaged and reupholstered

• Sisal Rug: Joss and Main


• Counter: Honed Bianco Sarto Granite
• Kholer Cast Iron sink
• Faucet: Danze
• Bosch dishwasher and range hood
• IKEA white cook top
• Pendant: Schoolhouse Electric

• Door Pulls: IKEA


• Curtains: Neiman Marcus

• Curtain tie backs: Amazon


• Counter: Polished Carrara Marble

• Door Pulls: Anthrolpogie


• All other furniture is collected from consignment shops
• Wall art by Violet Marsh or collected from consignment shops
• 2 ¼ white oak hardwood floors

Thanks, Tanya!

(Images: Violet Marsh Photography, portraits by Trenholm Photo)

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