There’s something about walking into an old home and being able to appreciate all of the charming, perfectly-imperfect details that have had time to patina over the years. The house feels lived in. It feels loved. This feel, this vision, is what inspired our latest model home project with SD Custom Homes. While this new construction house is far from any old home, we looked to the past to grab just a few details that we couldn’t resist incorporating into this project!
The foyer is one of our favorite spaces! We wanted it to feel welcoming and to leave a good impression for its guests. We included a wainscoting chair rail, a paneled cased opening and some crown molding to give this space extra character. The classic bronze lanterns, raised panel doors (that we painted grey throughout the main floor) and warm oak floors kept the foyer honest to its story.
Right off the foyer, we have the ladies office. Slightly vintage, slightly playful; our goal of creating a fresh parlor vibe was definitely established! That fuchsia + gold foil wallpaper couldn’t have been more perfect for this nook. It really does write its own story. Adding crystal cabinet knobs and a deep bronze lantern were just what this space needed to feel grounded.
In the powder bath, it was all about mixing finishes. This trick is one of our favorite ways to make a space feel collected and full. Brass, polished chrome, whites, creams and grays…it’s one of the most charming spaces in the whole house. We selected a classic white and gold wallpaper to coordinate with the ladies office next door but kept it subtle enough to ensure the two spaces didn’t fight being side by side. The cherry on top of this bathroom? The darling brass starburst knobs we used on the custom cabinetry.
The bones of the great room were a huge part of this home’s design. The large, simple x beams made the perfect pairing with the foyer’s more detailed millwork. We dressed the center crossing with a beautiful bronze fixture that didn’t impair the tv viewers’ eyesight. Finally, the flanking glass door cabinetry makes displaying one’s family treasures and collections a simple task in this space.
We designed the kitchen with beauty and functionality in mind. We used honed, black granite to create a casual feel, yet it’s basically indestructible when working and prepping on its surface. Super easy to clean, and resistant to staining! To dress things up, we put honed Carrara on the island. We love honing marble for kitchens…it’s one of those details that makes a space feel like it’s had a chance to age. Plus, it helps the etching process on marble! To add a dramatic touch, we incorporated oversized lanterns that are just the right mix of modern + traditional. By using dark bronze cabinet hardware on the warm white cabinetry, the perfect contrast was established that provided just enough casualness to the kitchen.
In the mudroom we kept things simple. Built-in cabinetry with storage will keep this home organized. Slate Versaille patterned tile underfoot and cute striped hooks to hang your hat were just the details needed to add some interest to the space.
The dining room is one happy place. Surrounded by windows that let in the most natural light, it really is the ideal place to host large family gatherings or quaint and intimate dinner parties.
The master suite is so bright and cheerful! We incorporated a vintage chandelier in a natural wood finish to keep things from going too formal. It paired nicely with the collected pillows we gathered for the bed. In the bathroom, the custom framed mirror detail created a built-in feel atop the vanity.
The rest of the upstairs is dedicated to kids in this family home! The cutest (and super functional!) homework desk filled the large hall outside of the bonus room. Designer tip: Keep your kids’ play zones nice and light with white paint….let their toys provide the color! Plus, Magic Eraser works wonders on white walls for all your kiddos’ little fingerprints!
We had a little fun in the Jack + Jill bathroom and threw some color on the cabinets! Currently obsessing over this soft green hue. It’s the perfect gender neutral color and will grow with the littles over the years!
The laundry, the workhorse of this home, is the last room, but certainly not the least. We used a super durable grey porcelain hex tile on the floor as well as a grey quartz on the counters; perfect for a space that gets lots of wear and tear!
Loving this house? It’s for sale! We can be neighbors… its just down the street in Mendota Heights from our studio 😉 Contact SD Custom Homes for more info!