It's easy to get in a rut this time of year. Winter tends to drag on and sometimes it can be a less than inspiring season, but it's times like this- when we find an insane (in an amazing way) house tour that fuels our creativity! This home designed by the incredible Kate Marker is one for the books. It's airy, perfectly balanced, and uber sophisticated. Let's just say, we'd move in any day!
I love the way warm wood tones were used throughout the home. The exposed beams and stunning light fixtures certainly make a chic statement. I'm not a huge fan of shiplap, but THIS is how you do it right. I love the way it was installed in the small niche to define and add texture to the little breakfast nook. If you're using lots of white on white, textural elements and subtle pattern (insert shiplap) is a great way to add dimension.
The kitchen is just as stunning as you'd expect. Creamy neutrals balance bright, white modern cabinetry. You know my absolute favorite thing about this space? The mixing of metals! If you look closely, you'll notice polished brass, antique brass, nickel, stainless, black, and even white enamel finishes. That's insane! It's a pretty difficult feat to seamlessly incorporate that many metals, but it's expertly done in this spacious kitchen.
Other details worth noting, on kitchen island to be specific... an incognito outlet (designer tip- horizontal outlets are your friend), continued shiplap (for a cohesive feel), and a sturdy, graphic support beam - did you notice the X?
The dining room might be one of my favorite spaces throughout this tour. I'm a sucker for shaker style chair rails and symmetry. The round table weighted by modern velvet dining chairs center the room perfectly. We also have to talk about that chandelier! The shape, the texture, the color, and the cascading effect draws your eye downward, and are all part of the appeal.
Adjacent to the formal dining room, the living room is super cozy and functional. A slipcovered sofa is a great way to soften a space, plus it's *the best* for households with pets or kids... win, win! The floor plan is pretty classic - a sofa flanked by two pairs of occasional chairs, anchored by a console table behind. If you have a large open concept living space, this is an easy arrangement that solves 99% of your traffic problems.
The only question is, which set of chairs do we like best? The gorgeous patterned bird chairs or the pair of luxe leather wing backs? Tough choice! I'm surprised to say, I'm partial to the pattern.
One thing this home does well is inject pattern in the perfect spots. For those who are a little more minimalist when it comes to their home, take note: from rugs to wallpaper (hello powder room!) this space does it right.
The minimal industrial staircase boasts a craftsman vibe. It leads upstairs to the master bedroom and bath, as well as a lovely airy chandelier...
I am obsessed with the amount of natural light this bedroom receives. It's so soft and calming! Unlike the main floor, the vaulted ceiling beams have been painted white. I actually think this makes more sense in a bedroom. It also allows the bed (and that fantastic headboard) to be the star of the show. The linen bedding and plush pillows make me want to dive right in.
Brace yourselves for the master bathroom... it's good. Really good. I'm most excited about the architecture. I love how the a-frame ceiling creates the perfect backdrop for the chandelier and vanity vignette.
A good way to make the most of your budget when purchasing tile is to use different patterns. You'll notice the floor and wall tile are the exact same material (most likely marble), but they were laid in different ways. The floor tile is a classic herringbone pattern, and the wall tile is running bond.
While there is much to pull from as far as inspiration goes, the themes in this house are strong: neutrals with perfectly placed pattern, a light airy feel to many pieces (notably the lighting!), and a little color just where it's needed the most. There are also a lot of soft, feminine lines to balance some more industrial choices. Here's how we'd get the look!
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