CREATING BEAUTIFULLY LIVABLE SPACES

Carver New Home

Comfort is key in this design and it’s through texture and a monochromatic color palate that it is achieved!

This project is near and dear to my heart because this is the place I call home!  It was our second home but our first build which was so exciting for me because I could pick out the finishes and make it my own!

It started with a plot of land in which to build the foundation that the home would sit on.  During the build we chose finishes and colors for the exterior, the kitchen, bathrooms, flooring and fixtures.  I wanted the finishes throughout the house to have a transitional monochromatic feel but to also feel a bit timeless.

To start, for the exterior I chose a nice neutral light grey tone.  Going into purchasing this home, I knew I wanted a grey exterior which ended up being the catalyst to the rest of the design of the home finishes. We decided that we wanted the stone on the home as well.  This was a beautiful stacked stone with hints of tan, cream, redish brown and of course grey.  This stone tied the entire exterior together beautifully!
Moving to the inside…I knew I wanted a white kitchen so I really wanted something a bit darker for the flooring to ground the majority of the main level.  The builder had a beautiful dark premium laminate that I chose that grounded the space as well as brought a nice contemporary feel to the space.  I chose laminate over hardwood because we have two large Labs that would have scratched the floors up in minutes!  This is a wonderful product and looks great!

For the kitchen I chose an attractive cream kitchen cabinetry color with a dark island. I chose a cream color over a white so that it wasn’t too harsh or stark of a color but gave me the beautiful clean and timeless look I was looking for.  I chose a dark island for a contemporary contrasting look to the classic cream of the other cabinetry.

The backsplash I chose was a textured cream subway travertine tile – an updated and rustic take on the classic subway tile.

To top it off and tie it all together, I chose a wonderful cream quartz counter top with grey veining.  This added to the light airy feeling of this space.  For the details of the kitchen, I chose a classic half moon pull for the drawers and a matching handle for the doors.  Finally, I chose updated bronze pendant lighting to match the bronze of the hardware.

Throughout the home, I chose to have the builders paint a base coat of Sherwin Williams Functional Grey.  Once we moved in I added some accent walls and painted a few rooms but this set the stage for the interior design and gave me a wonderful updated neutral base to work with.
To lighten things up against the dark floors, I chose a lighter carpet, and cream trim and doors to match the cabinetry.

Once the home was built it was time to fill it with all of the furnishings I had been gathering for months.  The style of the interior is a nice monochromatic transitional style.  Using tone on tone, I filled the home with grey neutrals but could not resist a pop of yellow and blue throughout to add life to the spaces.
On the main level and in the main living space I kept the space very neutral throughout for an open calming feel and to bring harmony and balance throughout this space.

When you first walk into the home you are greeted by what’s to be expected throughout the rest of the home.  In the dining room I chose a shade darker from SW Functional Grey, SW Backsplash as the wall color to create comfort.  To ground the space, I lighted it up a bit with a honeycomb colored rug to bring in the tone of yellow without over doing it.  You will also see the subtle hints of yellow in the reupholstered end chairs as well.  Bringing in texture through different materials is very important to me.  I find that mixing materials brings interest and life to a space. In this dining room you will see a variety of texture throughout.  I also love to replicate shapes throughout a space to create interest and balance out a space as well.  You can see the sphere repeated throughout this room in several different elements.

Just off the main area are the mudroom and powder room.  I went for a bold blue on the walls for comfort and to bring in the blue used in the accents in the main living space.  Again in both of these rooms you will see the use of different materials to bring in texture, tying the spaces together.

Heading upstairs I did not stray too far from the color scheme on the main level to ensure consistency and harmony throughout the home.
In Addison’s room I chose a different version of blue being more on the turquoise side and purple, which is her favorite color and just happens to coordinate nicely with all other colors throughout the home.  In her room I chose to do a nice bordered purple accent wall which nicely frames out the items on that wall as well as was an opportunity to bring in more of the purple color.

These colors were carried through into the connected bathroom as well.

In the nursery I kept again with a very neutral and natural color scheme with an outdoors theme.  I painted this room a nice beige and not pictured here I painted one wall a darker brown to contrast against a nice linen tan curtain.

Finally in the master I carried over the neutrals of course but again the blue that has been seen throughout the house.  I wanted a nice crisp feel in this room so I chose a beautiful green to compliment the blue and contrast against all of the neutrals.  The affect is a nice calming retreat with colors pulled from nature.  These colors are carried into the master bath as well.


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