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AN EAT-IN KITCHEN Warm, natural colors are used in this 417 Home Design Awards winner for Best Kitchen. Read about it on p. 46.
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Nathan Taylor’s design features arched doorway and shadow box paneling to give the home a traditional look throughout.
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The best interior designers in 417-land sent us their most creative and innovative work for our annual 417 Home Design Awards contest. This year, we called in help from two Atlantabased designers to judge the contest, and they found the unparalleled works of design that top each category.
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CONTENTS SUMMER 2022 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 2
18 DURABLE DESIGNS
Discover designer prints made from new tech in the fabric industry to make your outdoor decor last for years.
21 HEARTENING CHARACTER
Add a personalized touch to your outdoor space with a creative custom backyard sign.
21 SQUEEZE THE DAY
Learn how to make a citrus juicer and more functional items for your home with wheel-throwing classes at Creva Studio.
22 AGED TO PERFECTION
Explore all of the perfectly time-worn decor items and furniture at 417 Vintage Market.
24 SHOP LIKE A PRO
is insider’s guide to shopping Springfield’s Art Walk helps you find the perfect piece of local artwork for your home.
27 SUMMER FUN
Get your summer calendar ready for local events that keep you inspired and connected all summer long.
30 SOUTHERN STAPLE
Find out how to bring okra to another level with recipes from Finley Farms Executive Chef Kevin Kormann.
34 THAI LOVE YOU
Uncover the unique flavor of ai basil, the spice with no substitute. Create the Midsommar's Eve party of your dreams with advice on everything from food to decor from owner of Midsommar Garden, Ellen Neville-Verdugo.
58 STAND THE TEST OF TIME
Find out how Tina Keith perfectly renovated her historic 1800s farmhouse and found sweet treasure from the past along the way.
62 BREATHING NEW LIFE
Learn Sheri Abernathy’s secret to transforming old furniture into beautiful pieces.
64 LAYERS OF NEW TRENDS
Travel back in time with Mandi Young as she peels back the many layers of renovations in her 1920s farmhouse, revealing past trends through the ages.
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What’s Online Vintage Soul at Home How do you make your home your own? Finding a unique style can be a challenge, but we have some handy tips for you over on the 417 Magazine blog. Danavee Long’s love for all things vintage is on display throughout her beautiful craftsman bungalow, and you can learn how to add classic character to your own space with the insight we got from her. Read the blog and check out a few fabulous photos at 417mag.com/vintagesoul.
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BASKET FULL OF JOY Bring new life to your outdoor space with durable materials that stand the test of time. Read more on p. 18.
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FABRICS New tech in the fabric industry has turned designer prints into durable outdoor fabrics. WRITTEN BY HEATHER KANE KOHLER PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRANDON ALMS
n today’s world of outdoor fabrics, the options have grown from a few classic striped fabrics to an endless choice of patterns, colors and materials. Many designers and homeowners gravitate to outdoor fabrics that are upbeat and happy because that’s how we all want our guests to feel when sitting on our patios or front porches. Colorful stripes are always a classic choice, but florals, leafy greens, and lattice styled prints have increased in popularity as well. After you land on what print and color you want, things can get a bit tricky from there. When it comes to reading labels related to rubs and UV ratings, making an educated choice without a
chemistry degree can seem out of reach. Outdoor fabrics are made to withstand UV rays, precipitation, pollen, dirt and mildew. Just what you want for your outdoor space, but before choosing the right outdoor fabric you need to think about how you will use it. Solution-dyed acrylic and woven polyester work well for all indoor and outdoor pillows and drapery. For cushions and upholstery, 100% solution-dyed acrylic and fabric that passes 117,000 double rubs are best. Upholstery that will spend extensive hours in the hot sun should be made with 100% solution-dyed acrylic because of its high UV rating. To get the most out of your outdoor fabrics,
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FRESH SQUEEZED Learn to make your own citrus juicer—and other functional things for your home—at Creava Art Studio. WRITTEN BY KATIE POLLOCK ESTES
SHOP IT Add heartwarming character to your outdoor space with a personalized backyard sign.
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WRITTEN BY HEATHER KANE KOHLER What better way to complete your outdoor space this summer than with a personalized sign? Simply Inspired Co. has been helping families near and far since 2014 do just that, making unique metal signs in their adorable workshop located in Springfield. Owners Mike and Patti Brown like it when customers get creative with their personalizations. “We’ve done signs for backyards, lake houses, cabins and pool houses,” says Patti Brown. “We did one sign as a Father’s Day gift for a customer’s husband. It was a brewery and grill sign because he loved to brew his own beer. We’ve also done one with a mountain range on it,” explains Brown. The whole process takes about one to two weeks. First the Brown team mocks up the design for approval from the client, then their metal fabricator gets to work cutting the sign out of 16 gauge steel. Finally the sign gets painted. Clients can pick from a variety of
finishes ranging from an oil rubbed bronze to a rose gold metallic. Pricing ranges depending on size and customization, and customers are able to pick from any of the templated signs on their website or can create something completely unique! It’s like the finishing touch you didn’t know your outdoor space needed.
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ou may have heard about the wheel-throwing date night events at Creava Studio (1506 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield). It’s the perfect couple’s activity for anyone wanting a Patrick Swayze moment. But did you know that Creava also offers classes where you can learn to make functional items for your home? Upcoming classes include things like fermenting crocks, jar lids, teapots and cheese domes. The July 30 class focuses on throwing a citrus squeezer, complete with juicer, handle and pouring spout. It’s your chance to add a little homemade touch to that refreshing glass of summertime lemonade. Find more info on classes and sign up at creavastudio.com.
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MARKET At 417 Vintage Market, a plethora of perfectly time-worn furniture and décor items fill a historic threestory building, making it a mustsee destination worth exploring in downtown Branson. WRITTEN BY HEATHER KANE KOHLER
tiques, nor will you see dust-covered flea market booths. What you discover are beautifully rustic vignettes showcasing expertly arranged living and dining spaces, where everything is for sale. Yes, everything! No “for display only” signs in sight. From leather chesterfield sofas, to perfectly painted flower pots, there’s something for every style of home. 417 Vintage Market is a space where every corner is worth exploring, and that’s just what owners Jeremia and Jessica Froyland were going for. “We wanted to cultivate an environment that people want to be in,” explains Jessica. THE OWNERS
When thinking of the downtown Branson area, your mind might wander to ice cream parlors, old-fashioned candy shops or hand-made quilt stores. But in the last few years, a new and noteworthy spot has taken up roots on Commercial Street, and it too celebrates the past. 417 Vintage Market opened its doors in May 2019 and since has grown from a one-level vintage-inspired home goods shop to a three-story store, complete with its own gourmet coffee shop, Commercial Street Coffee. At 417 Vintage Market you won’t find fussy and expensive an22
When the Froylands started building their dream home in Branson three years ago, they struggled finding the right pieces to match their industrial farmhouse aesthetic, and thus the idea for 417 Vintage Market was born. “We have a fondness for the downtown area and already had a business in this building. We grew really attached to it,” says Jessica. When the building went up for sale they jumped on it, and their story has evolved from there. “We started out as one level and just kept adding on during the last two and a half years” explains Jeremia. The couple takes trips with their two young children,
Owners Jeremia and Jessica Froyland
pulling their 16-foot cargo trailer to places like Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas City to source a variety of home goods for the market. THE GOODS
The shop caters to homes in the Branson area and carries furnishings that work well in lake homes, farmhouses and open floor plans. “I’d say the store is 50% new and 50% vintage,” says Jeremia. Customers can shop for new pieces of furniture and an array of refurbished and reupholstered furniture as well. Jeremia focuses on sourcing and styling the bigger pieces and the lighting for the market, while Jessica does all the staging and accessorizing. “I’m always moving things around my own home, so we work re-
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FRESH FACED The store’s crisp white exterior—with oversized barn door entrance—is a refreshing and eye-catching addition to the downtown Branson shopping scene.
VINTAGE VARIETY From large furniture pieces to small decor items, the tore ide election o er omething for ever budget and home style.
ally hard to keep everything fresh in the store,” says Jessica. The Froylands aim to keep pieces affordable, casual and livable. “We want you to sit and drink here. Spills and kids are part of life!” explains Jeremia. Shoppers will also find dinnerware, art, vintage murals and wallpaper, clothing and jewelry throughout the market. THE REASON TO GO
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Whether you're looking to furnish your home with furniture and lighting, or you just want to add seasonal decor to your home, 417 Vintage Market is absolutely worth exploring. Just plan to stay a while, because with over 15,000 square feet of home goods and vintage items to see, you will want to take your sweet, sweet time.
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IMPRESSIONISM Playful brushstrokes create beautiful movement in paintings like "Colorful Koi" by April Davis-Brunner. This 20-by-20 oil painting is $375 at Fresh Gallery.
Shop for local artwork like a pro with this guide to Springfield’s Art Walk. WRITTEN BY HEATHER KANE KOHLER Finding local art for your home is easy if you know where to look. Luckily, the Downtown Arts District is packed full of Springfield Art Wal participating galleries, shops and venues. These members open their doors ever fir t Frida of the month and feature local artists and their work for everyone to admire or better yet, purchase and take home! Just look for the blue Art Wal ag aro nd Do nto n
Springfield mar ing the o cial art walk members. FRESH GALLERY A great place to start your art search is Fresh Gallery. You can pick up a copy of Art Walk News while you’re there for a list of artists being featured, and there’s a handy map to help you navigate Downtown. Fresh Gallery has a bit of everything—landscapes, photography, drawings, still lifes and abstracts to name a fe . Yo can find a variety of artists and some really great smaller pieces that would make beautiful additions to a gallery wall. You can also pick up beautiful cards that can be taken home, matted and framed to create stunning miniatures. From there, hit the galleries on your way to OH Gallery at Obelisk Home. They have a large selec-
tion of large abstracts and some mixed media pieces. Don’t forget to check out their selections of unframed prints for sale. You can pick up a Stella Blackmon or Madeline Brice print for a steal! MONARCH ART FACTORY Monarch Art Factory is another great stop to make during Art Wal . Al a e pect to find photography at this spot, and you may even stumble upon some interactive art happenings as well. From there, pop into the Park Central Branch Library. They’ve recently started doing juried shows where you can see several new and upcoming artists all at once. One of the newest spots of Art Walk is Formed: An Artist Collective. Here you’ll find a large variet of or by emerging local artists. They have lots of prints and originals
available so there’s something for every price range. HOTEL VANDIVORT Don’t forget to stop into Hotel Vandivort. They have an amazing permanent collection and are back to featuring a new artist each month as well. You’ll ala find ni e or at thi trendsetting venue. Bookmarx is another spot you won’t want to skip. Their small but mighty gallery never disappoints. If you’re a literature lover then you might t find that art hich al o tell a story is what you want for your walls. End your night at the Creamery Art Center, where the Springfield Art o ncil p t on group shows full of artwork from local artists making waves in the Springfield omm nit .
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Whimsical and dreamlike works can be found at Formed: An Artist Collective. This 24-by-48 framed canvas print by James Kent Melton is $2,200 at Formed: An Artist Collective.
LARGE FORMAT ABSTRACTS If you’re looking for larger-than-life art from big local names, then stop by OH Gallery at Obelisk Home. “Held by the Tie that Binds” by Tom Beale and Jaqueline Warren is a 48-by-60 oil on canvas that’s $4,500 at OH Gallery at Obelisk Home.
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DATEBOOK Fill up your summer calendar with local events that keep you feeling inspired and connected.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! Today is all about grilling at home, so invite some friends and break out that smoker!
Channel your inner gardener, and attend the GARDENPALOOZA EVENT at Mother’s Brewing Co. You can learn all about gardening and connect with local gardening resources, while also playing some fun games, hearing live music, watching cooking demos and munching on goodies from local food trucks. Find details at mothersbrewing.com.
Today is the BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL at Springfield Botanical Garden. If o re feeling inspired by those beautiful insects, plant b tter attracting o er at home li e phlo heliotrope and black-eyed Susans.
It’s peak season at your local farmers markets. Visit OZARK FARMERS MARKET AND FARMERS MARKET OF THE OZARKS this month for the best summertime veggies, like tomatoes, cucumbers and okra.
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It’s THE LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR, so make the most of all that sunshine! Spend some time enjoying your home’s outdoor spaces until the sun goes down.
Head to one of Springfield c te t neighborhoods for PICKWICK STREET FAIR. Enjoy live performances while shopping for your home from local artists and crafters. Find details at facebook.com/pickwickstreetfair.
Stroll do nto n Springfield for the monthly FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK EVENT. You can peruse local artists’ work at galleries and venues, and you might just snag the perfect piece for your home. Bonus if you have id the do nto n YM A i no o ering child care (and a gallery) during First Friday Art Walk.
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30 BEYOND GUMBO With its mild earthy flavor and signature snap, okra may become your new go-to summer vegetable.
DON'T SETTLE FOR MEDI-OKRA Okra is a summer staple of the South. Executive Chef Kevin Kormann, CEC, CCA at Finley Farms (802 Finley Farms Lane, Ozark; finleyfarmsmo.com; 417-210-6644), takes a creative approach to broaden the complex flavors of this versatile vegetable. WRITTEN BY JO JOLLIFF PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRANDON ALMS
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OKRA TWO WAYS Grilled okra and tomatoes and fried okra with pickled okra remoulade are two distinctively different takes on okra-based recipes.
FRIED OKRA WITH
PICKLED OKRA REMOULADE Serves 4
1 pound fresh whole okra Wet Mix 1 cup buttermilk 1 tablespoon hot sauce 2 tablespoons pickled okra brine Dry Mix c p o r 1 teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon chili powder 4 cups canola oil for frying Remoulade 1 cup mayonnaise ½ cup sour cream 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons minced pickled okra 1 teaspoon minced capers 1 teaspoon minced shallot Zest and juice of one lemon 1 teaspoon minced herbs (dill, parsley or chives)
To prepare Okra In a medium bowl, combine the wet mix. Submerge the okra in the buttermilk mix. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry mix. Remove the okra from the wet mix and dredge in the dry mix. Place the okra back in the buttermilk mix and repeat again with the dry mix.
Heat the oil in a large pot to 350 degrees. Fry the okra until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Season with kosher salt. Remoulade Combine all the ingredients for the remoulade and whisk well to incorporate. Serve on the side for dipping.
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& TOMATOES Serves 4 Ingredients 1 pound fresh whole okra 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 Roma tomatoes, halved 1 teaspoon tomato paste 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 2 cloves minced garlic 1 sprig thyme 1 teaspoon butter Kosher salt to taste Black pepper to taste
To prepare Rub the okra and tomatoes with 1 teaspoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat until charred, approximately 2–3 minutes on each side. Let cool enough to handle and cut into large dice. Heat the remaining olive oil in a saute pan and add the minced garlic. Cook until fragrant and lightly golden. Add the tomato paste and cook until thick and caramelized. Deglaze with the vinegar. Add the tomatoes, okra and thyme, cook for 2–3 minutes or until the tomatoes are broken down and sauce-like. Stir in the butter and season to taste. Serve as a side dish or over rice or grits as a vegetarian main course.
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TASTIEST HERB Thai basil’s unique flavor can’t be replaced. Wheelhouse co-owner and chef, Zach Smallwood, explains why sweet basil and other seasonings just won’t do your recipes justice like Thai basil will.
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he Wheelhouse menu is filled with dish after dish of fresh food, bursting with unique flavor. One of the many secrets behind these magically flavored dishes is one special herb. “We use Thai basil,” says co-owner and chef Zach Smallwood. “In the summertime we grow it and are able to use quite a bit of it from our own gardens.” Home cooks can do the same. They plant the seeds inside in the spring and then move them outside where they continue to replant throughout the summer to ensure they have fresh Thai basil all through its growing season until the first frost. You can purchase your own Thai basil seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company (2278 Baker Creek Rd., Mansfield; rareseeds.com) to plant and use for home cooking. Smallwood says many chefs use the flowers for culinary purposes as well due to their taste and their aesthetic look. “Thai basil has a strong flavor to it and actually shares some of the same flavor compounds as fennel seeds and star anise, so it adds a really interesting flavor and undertone to the dish,” he says. At The Wheelhouse, they use Thai basil in their Thai Basil Chicken recipe, of course, but also as a garnish in their Drunken Noodle dish. The sauce is star anise with a very dark molasses flavor, which is then accentuated by the Thai basil to balance the flavors and use the herbal freshness of the seasoning to work against the sweetness of the sauce. While they do occasionally use small amounts in the dish itself, it is often better as a garnish. “One of the things about Thai basil is if you cook it, it loses a lot of its flavor, but if you put it on top it retains both its flavor and color,” Smallwood says.
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A MIDSOMMAR NIGHT'S DREAM Owner of Midsommar Garden, Ellen Neville-Verdugo, shares how to create the Midsommar’s Eve party of your dreams.
love to celebrate Midsommar’s Eve. I have so many memories in our garden on summer nights with friends when the fireflies are out and we’re all soaking in the happy-full feeling of an outdoor dinner. I wanted to turn that exact feeling into something I could share, which is why I started Midsommar’s Garden. Midsommar’s Eve is a holiday to celebrate the longest day of the year. It’s so charming and has a lot of magical stories and traditions attached to it. For example, plants in water are said to acquire extra healing properties on Midsommar’s Eve and are used to predict the future. It is also well known for the flower crown, which is a big tradition you often see symbolizing rebirth and fertility. My favorite tale of Midsommar’s folklore is that young folks on their way home are said to pick seven different flowers and lay them under their pillow and at night their one true love will appear to them in a dream, which I think is adorable. You really have to lean into the magic of it all. There’s just something about all the folklore and the plants and flowers that is appealing to me. I’ve hosted quite a few Midsommar’s Eve parties. My first one turned into my surprise engage-
ment party so it has an extra special meaning to me, but we still love having the chance to invite our friends for a special dinner in the garden. It’s the longest day of the year and there is just something magical about those summer nights when golden hour hits. For decorations, I love to fill jars with daisies and wildflowers and make elderflower drinks. I love the aesthetic of getting to use all my mismatched favorite dishes, glasses and linens. I would say, more is more. You don’t need to tone it down or anything, just go all out with the flowers and plants everywhere. It’s the perfect excuse to go all out with all the pretty things you want to use. I start baking and cooking a whole week before and try to use as much from the garden as possible. I love that it’s one of those holidays where the more homemade the better. I keep the traditional food but pick and choose what I want because some of it, like pickled herring, is not my favorite. My menu typically consists of a smorgasbord of treats. I do smoked salmon open-faced sandwiches and fresh potatoes with dill and I make a big salad from our garden. My favorite part is the Swedish Strawberry Midsom-
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Interior Design By mar Cake that you cover in flowers and it’s just the prettiest cake. I like to make special ice cubes with flowers in them and just kind of get creative and lean into the nature vibe. Most importantly, have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously. We celebrate it with lots of fun yard games and drinking games. I love that even adults are encouraged to be silly and play games. It’s easy to get really stressed out during dinner parties and planning, just remember to have fun.
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COLORFUL CUISINE Ellen adds color to plates with a variety of foods, one dish being open-faced sandwiches that consist of almon veggie and o er .
AN EYE FOR DETAILS The attention to detail at the parties is taken to the next level. According to Ellen, "more is more," and there is no such thing as too much detail. One detail of the part he love i the ild o er placed in ar .
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Design Awards WRITTEN BY COLIN SHEA DENNISTON
The past two years have given us the gift of time. Time to reevaluate, time to re-imagine and time to rethink what we want our lives to look and feel like. The innovative designers featured in this year’s 417 Home Design Awards have taken the ordinary, outdated and uninspired and asked, “What’s next?” From blank-slate new construction to a gut renovated kitchen and a sexy walk-in shower, this year’s winners are proof that a designer’s abilities are as endless as their imagination. For this year’s contest we asked two Atlanta-based American Society of Interior Designer members to judge our entries based on a form carefully curated for each category. This issue features the winners from six of those categories with the remaining winners coming to you in issues throughout the year. Welcome to our 2022 Design Awards—you’re in for one creative and awe-inspiring ride.
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A BALANCING ACT For the winning design in the Whole House category, Nathan Taylor of Obelisk Home used rich walnut and traditional furniture to add a bit of formality to the dining pace o the itchen i land.
DESIGN KISMET The artwork hanging by the staircase was commissioned by Taylor after seeing a small painting of the road outside the home. “One of my artists had driven down that road for years,” recalls Taylor. "I said, ‘That’s our client’s street, we’re doing a house on that street.’”
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Rolling Hills Whole House P R O J E C T G OA L S U M M A RY
To conceptualize, design and build a grand, Cape Cod style home rich with historical charm and bright pops of lively coastal colors.
Winning Designer Nathan Taylor, Obelisk Home
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rom rustic lodges to French country retreats, we’ve seen our fair share of design trends come through 417-land. What we don’t often experience is the coastal charm of a traditional Nantucket home perched on 15 acres in the Ozarks countryside. In true “everyone knows everyone” 417-land fashion, the inception of this home traces back to a chance meeting at a cocktail party. “I actually met the clients several years ago at a cocktail party in another client’s home,” recalls Nathan Taylor, owner and principal designer of Obelisk Home. “They said, ‘oh one of these days we’re going to build a house’ and I was like, ‘oh sure I’ll never hear from you again,’ and then one day she called and she’s like, ‘do you remember me?’” From there, Taylor met with the would-be homeowners at their property and began sketching out designs for their future home. “We literally conceptualized this project from the very beginning all the way to completion,” says Taylor. After drawing layout and floor plan, Taylor turned to Jeremy Cook of Cook House Design to create the full architectural plans. Taylor’s design—featuring arched doorways, shadow box paneling and a classic east coast color palette—gives the homeowners their desired Cape Cod aesthetic but with added layers of richness and history. “With the shadow box paneling that we put pretty much everywhere on the main floor, that really added just a wonderful old classic traditional feel to the home,” says Taylor. The home’s kitchen, dining room, great room and office space are all combined in a carefully designed open concept layout. The kitchen and dining area feature a lighted shadow box ceiling, adding a custom architectural detail and delineating that space from the home’s grand living room. Anchoring the living space are four oversized leather ottomans topped with custom built walnut trays. Taylor carried the same walnut (continued on p. 43) 417homemag.com
LET THERE BE LIGHT The home grand oating staircase allows light to pour in from the large front windows, through the railings and into the main living space.
through the large entertainment cabinet and base of the kitchen island. In lieu of a separate formal dining room, the homeowners chose to connect the dining space to the kitchen through a banquet off the island—dressed in a rich powder blue leather. “She didn’t want a separate dining area because she said nobody ever uses it, and so that’s where we kind of came up with this idea,” says Taylor. “And then we did a very dressy dining table and chairs to go with it,” he adds. Across from the dining table, the large floor to ceiling china cabinet— with built-in lighting and arched crown molding—adds the perfect touch of formality to round out the space. Around the corner, the delightfully cozy home office is tucked under the grand floating staircase and offers a spectacular view out the front window. It also gives easy access to turn around and join in on living room conversation. “And it just felt kind of like a really neat library setting,” adds Taylor. The home’s cornflower and dusty blue color palette is carried upstairs into the primary bedroom where it’s met with bold patterns and vibrant punches of pink, orange and fuchsia. Continuing into
LIGHT TOUCH (Bottom) The main living space captures what the design team was aiming for with natural light blending perfectly with the soft, light colors and detailed, worn-looking brickwork.
WELCOME HOME The exterior shake siding, large front porch and arched front entryway are evident examples of the home’s traditional Nantucket design style. COLOR COMBO To add strength and weight to the back hallway mudroom, Taylor chose an alder bench— stained and painted to match the walnut in the kitchen and living room—paired with cabinetry painted a rich dark blue. “It’s a blavy,” Taylor laughs. “It’s a black navy—it’s a really beautiful color.”
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BLISSFUL AND BOLD (Top) Monochrome colors help to create a sense of space and o et the lo ceiling thro gho t the propert . The nat ral hard ood ooring help to balance thi ith a co feel o things don't feel too open.
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DEFINING DESIGN Behind the deep custom sectional sits a large console table, helping to separate the kitchen from the living room while still allowing for an open concept floor plan. IT'S IN THE DETAILS One of the biggest design challenges came in laying out all of the home’s shadow box paneling. “We definitely planned it all out and divided them out so that it all felt balanced and symmetrical,” says Taylor.
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the primary bathroom, Taylor took a tone-ontone approach using a high-end marble in a variety of textures and patterns. The room is finished with a bold fuchsia rug tying in bright colors from the bedroom. The sophisticated companion molded glass chandelier and sconces add touches of classic upscale elegance to the calming spa-like space. “It just feels very historical in a way,” says Taylor. Though not devoid of challenges, after two years of work, this from-the-ground-up project has given the homeowner the coastal dream home they’ve always hoped for. “They absolutely love it,” says Taylor. “It was an amazing project to do from start to finish.”
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DO NOT DISTURB With soaring ceilings and elegant finishes, the home’s primary bathroom design is the epitome of spa-at-home luxury. BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL “The homeowner, she loved big bold prints and patterns," says Taylor. The corn o er bl e sofa ties the colorful bedroom into the rest of the home's design. THE RIGHT SPOT The site of the home has added ignificance for one of the homeowners. “It was the playground of the husband as a child,” says Taylor. “He grew up in the home next door that his parents still live in and this was where he played as a kid.”
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Highland House Project P R O J E C T G OA L S U M M A RY
To reconfigure a cramped and dated kitchen into a modern family space full of unique details, natural materials and warm antique touches.
Winning Designer Jamie Stauffer, Stauffer Design Co.
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or many people, the kitchen is the undisputed heart of the home. It’s where we whip up family meals, gather during cocktail parties and set up impromptu after-school homework stations. In redesigning this oh-so-90s family kitchen, Jamie Stauffer skipped the familiar white on white approach and instead chose warm wood cabinets and textural countertops to create a lived in, country inspired kitchen, striking the perfect balance between understated elegance and antique charm. As owner and designer of Stauffer Design Co., Stauffer knew from the onset of the project that major changes were required to achieve the desired effect. “Everything in the home was in a cherry stain, so the floors were stained cherry and the cabinetry was stained cherry,” says Stauffer. The cherry-stained kitchen was accompanied by a sea of beige—from the countertops to the backsplash to the paint on the walls. "I had to start completely over and build something new,” Stauffer says. To open up the space, Stauffer removed the wall separating the kitchen and the living room and added the island to make up for lost storage. The walls got a refreshing update with a soft neutral color and for a twist on the traditional, Stauffer skipped the shaker cabinets, opting instead for paneled doors with a heavy white oak grain. “I feel like my biggest risk was doing the cabinetry that I did,” says Stauffer. “I don’t really love painted cabinetry, so I try and steer away from that.” For the kitchen island, Stauffer selected a granite countertop with a leather feel, creating an added layer of richness and texture. “It’s really cool because you can run your hand across it and your fingers move up and down as you go across,” says Stauffer. She used the same leathered granite on the fireplace, which sits directly across from the kitchen island in the home’s living room. For the perimeter countertops, Stauffer worked with Ozark based Favrstone to install an unpolished, honed black granite. “We were looking at doing the backsplash out of the same material as the countertops but going all the way up to the bottom of the hood,” says Stauffer. At the last minute, she had the idea to add a shelf rather than taking the backsplash all the way up. When her installation team told her they had never worked on such a design, she knew she had to do it. “That was like music to my ears,” says Stauffer. “If [they'd] never done it, I’m going to be the first one to do it.’”
A DOSE OF NOSTALGIA Sta er election of arm wood cabinets and textured granite countertops brings a co lived in alit to the itchen. I definitel felt inpired b anti e a Sta er. “I wanted it to feel very layered.”
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Highway NN Teen Boys Room P R O J E C T G OA L S U M M A RY
To take a lackluster attic space and turn it into a multi-use teenage boy’s bedroom with room for sleeping, gaming, lounging and storage.
Winning Designer Nathan Taylor, Obelisk Home
beds feature frames on three sides and pull-out trundles underneath. The trundles can easily be moved throughout the room, making them perfectly portable for sleepovers or an overnight guest. After tackling the sleeping area, Taylor immediately started thinking about storage. “Where there was any space left, we added cabinetry and just had to get creative on how we added it,” says Taylor. In addition to a closet for clothes, Taylor added layers of drawers and cabinets for everything from books to video game equipment. The soft neutral carpet, camel leather slipcovers, handsome blue fabrics and touches of reclaimed wood all give a timeless retreat-style quality to the room, allowing the space to grow alongside its teenage inhabitants for years to come.
HELLO, SUNSHINE In addition to the window in the alcove, the sitting area features an eastern facing window—bringing bright morning sunlight into the formerly dark attic. A NOOK OVERLOOK “I love that we were able to create that big open area where the twin beds are,” says Taylor. “It’s a very usable space.”
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rom clothing to shoes to bedroom design, teenagers have a way of outgrowing things quickly. As part of a large whole house remodel, Nathan Taylor, owner and principal designer of Obelisk Home, transformed an underused attic into a bright and welcoming bedroom, perfect for a family’s two teenage sons to grow into. “It was literally just attic above the garage,” says Taylor. “And so, we came up with an entire new concept to convert the attic to this boys’ bedroom.” To create a space large enough for the boys to sleep, do homework, play video games and entertain friends and cousins, Taylor expanded the attic floor plan over the newly built mudroom on the main level. This expansion gave Taylor the space to include a lounge area, closet and bathroom into the room’s design. For a bit of added teenage privacy—but still steps away from the rest of the family—a newly constructed staircase connects the bedroom to the rest of the house, giving the boys their own entrance and enhancing the pseudo-apartment style feel of the space. “There’s no connection with any other upstairs area, [the staircase] was created just for this room,” says Taylor. To create enough space for a designated sleeping area, Taylor worked with Dale Peer of Dale Peer Home Designs to draw a new dormers roofline allowing for ample headroom. Flanking either side of the large south facing window are two twin beds with kingsized headboards running along the walls. The
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AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE In transforming an attic into a room for two teenage boys, adding plenty of storage—like the built in cabinets and drawers below the TV—was a key element of Taylor's successful design.
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Modern Oasis P R O J E C T G OA L S U M M A RY
To expand and modernize a dated primary bathroom to meet the lifestyle and demands of the busy homeowners’ everyday lives.
Winning Designer Fernanda Edwards, GMI Design Group
pon entering this freshly remodeled, ultra-modern primary bathroom, there’s no shortage of innovative, eye-catching details. But the room’s main attention grabber: the striking red tiles covering the sleek, zero entry shower ceiling. Though it's not uncommon for a designer to draw inspiration from a client’s cherished art collection, this bold statement ceiling came from a most surprising source. “The sculpture was red lips—it was like a 3D geometric red lip and I’m like, ‘Hm, this is really interesting,’” says
Fernanda Edwards, senior designer at GMI Design Group. “That red kept coming back into my brain so I thought, ‘How can I incorporate red without being super overpowering?’” Edwards settled on bold red mosaic tiles for the shower ceiling, bringing an unexpected splash of color to the otherwise neutral space. “I knew it would be a pop, I knew it would be a surprise—a peekaboo moment—and it would just brighten up things in there and be an unexpected element. Just like the red lips that the client showed me,” Edwards says. “Modern clean and fun all at the same time.” The bold choices didn’t stop with the ceiling—nearly every inch of this formerly dark and dated 1980s bathroom was thoroughly re-imagined. By reconfiguring the floor plan, simplifying lines and designing a wall-to-wall vanity with storage and organization in mind, Edwards’ thoughtful redesign elevates the space to what we now expect from a modern-day primary bathroom. In addition to bringing in all new lighting and adding carefully selected finishes and hardware, Edwards did make one crucial structural change. “We actually moved a wall 18 inches out,” says Edwards. By taking a foot and a half from the large primary bedroom, Edwards was able to add the zero-entry shower with double shower head, helping to create the true primary bathroom feel the homeowners were looking for. “I know that 18 inches doesn’t sound like a lot, but for this bathroom it was all that we needed to make this room look so much bigger, give more shower space, give more walking space and really open up the space,” says Edwards. From the oversized sink with two wall-mounted faucets to the custom designed overlapping backlit round mirrors, Edwards’s uniquely elegant touches all come together to create this truly one-of-a-kind modern bathroom oasis.
RED-Y TO SHINE “During the day when the sun is shining in there, that red sparkles everywhere—it’s really fun,” says Edwards.
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Photo by Watson Media House
OUT OF THIS WORLD With the partially textured hexagon tiles lining the shower wall, Edwards was able to create her own pattern based on how she oriented them. “It kind of reminds me of Star Wars a little bit, but I love it,” laughs Edwards.
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SEEING DOUBLE Wright carried the same linear tile from the fireplace rro nd over to the backsplash of the adjacent butler’s bar. “We wanted it to be a little bit more transitional and not ite o traditional a Wright. .
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Treasured Memories P R O J E C T G OA L S U M M A RY
To create a modern, elegant dining space with seating for up to 10. The furniture needed to be durable for the large family but still elegant enough for entertaining guests.
Winning Designer Denise Wright, DKW Designs
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n purchasing this southeast Springfield home, the newly engaged homeowners were not only looking for a space to combine their lives and families, but also for a fresh start and room to make new memories. With a newly combined family and a love for entertaining, the couple turned to Denise Wright, owner and designer of DKW Designs, to transform the dining room into a space that was elegant enough to host dinner parties, comfortable enough for family dinners and a place where everyone has a seat at the table. To achieve the desired “casual elegance” aesthetic, Wright kept things simple, sticking to a light color palette with pops of rich dark tones and cool metal. The 120-inch Palecek dining table—with its dark espresso finish and subtle textured pattern—grounds the space and adds a bit of contrast against the refinished natural oak floors. To bring life and color to the space Wright added greenery and artwork that could be easily swapped out as new items are collected. Wright knew she wanted to add a unique twist with the host and hostess chairs while keeping in line with the overall refined tone of the space. “I don’t think [the homeowner] really wanted a lot of pattern play, so the dining room chairs—she fell in love with that fabric right off the bat,” says Wright “One reason she liked it I think is there’s so much openness in the pattern so it’s not busy.” For the side chairs, Wright chose a durable performance fabric that can be easily cleaned if a child (or guest) has an unexpected spill. “I think it makes it so
much more interesting when you can use a different chair fabric for host and hostess chairs. I just think it makes them stand out and makes them a little bit more special,” says Wright. One of Wright’s favorite décor pieces is the Schlitz bar lady statue, which now sits on the mantel. The statue used to be displayed in the homeowner’s father’s office when he owned a local beer distributor in the 1970s. It had been in another room of the house before Wright moved it to the more prominent mantel location. Across from the fireplace is the butler’s
bar, which houses two more family heirlooms—a pair of vintage Schlitz beer steins that pair perfectly with the lighted Tiffany styled globe of the bar lady statue. CARRY ON Wright continued the color palette through the large archway and into the adjacent living room. LEVEL HEADED With the fireplace o center Wright added the large plant to the other side of the room, giving the space more visual balance.
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Modern Traditional Living Room P R O J E C T G OA L S U M M A RY
To refresh a small footprint living space through new art, layers of textures and a redesign of the fireplace and mantel.
Winning Designer Beverly Moore, Moore to Love Homes
hen designing for her clients, Beverly Moore, owner and designer of Moore to Love Homes, sticks to strict deadlines and keeps her client’s preference top of mind. But when it came to redesigning her own living room, she relaxed her timeline and let inspiration be her guide. It all started when Moore found the large painting that now hangs over her sofa on a regular trip to a designer’s market. “It was the perfect size for over the sofa, so that’s kind of what started everything—that painting,” says Moore. “Art is so personal—it was just something that I loved.” From there, Moore gradually added and subtracted until eventually the only thing that remained from the original living room design
was the sofas and a single leather chair. “It was a cool design back then; I think I was just really tired of it. It had been done for about 12 years. I was ready for a change,” reflects Moore. With the room’s limited footprint, Moore relied mostly on aesthetic changes rather than a new layout to breathe new life into the room. The fireplace and mantel—Moore’s favorite part of the redesign—is the one exception. “I used to have a TV cabinet there, so it protruded out into the room and made my living room smaller,” says Moore. The redesigned fireplace extends out only about 12 inches, lightning up the space and allowing for easier traffic flow. The flatscreen TV now floats above the mantel with all of its wires tucked discreetly into the wall. “That is maybe one of my favorite features that we have ever done because it works so much better—it makes it function so much better,” says Moore. “It was a beautiful cabinet, but it stuck out into the room too much.” The white marble laid in a herringbone pattern surrounding the fireplace plus the board and batten above the mantel and the room's original crown molding all give subtle dashes of elegance and refinement to the otherwise comfortable, lived-in style of the room. Another standout feature is the large custom-built coffee table anchoring the center of the room. The original inspiration came from a piece Moore had seen from Restoration Hardware, but she turned to her contractor husband to make one of her own. “I wanted it to look kind of chunky on top and I wanted it to have spindly legs and that doesn’t always go hand in hand because of the support issue,” says Moore. To avoid having any visible cross supports, Moore’s husband hollowed out each individual beam in achieving the desired finished product. “It took him forever to do that,” laughs Moore.
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FEELING LIGHT HEADED “I am a huge fan of modern lighting,” says Moore. “Everything I do it will have modern lighting in it—I don’t care how traditional it is.”
KRISTIN KONG Since 2011, Kristin Kong has infused interiors throughout the country with a signature blend of fashion forward and retro chic elements. K Kong Designs has been widely acclaimed in local and regional maga ine ch a Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, as well as national outlets including House Beautiful, Architectural Digest’s AD Pro, Better Homes & Gardens and Ballard Designs’ How to Decorate Podcast.
LAURA JENKINS As the Founding Principal Designer of Laura W. Jenkins Interiors, Laura Jenkins has designed a variety of residential, hospitality, corporate and retail projects, resulting in multiple award-winning designs. She has been published nationally with features in Rue Magazine and Luxe Magazine, recogni ed a a Ri ing Star in Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, and won multiple ASID Design Excellence Awards.
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FARMHOUSE GLAM Tina Keith’s 1800s farmhouse remodel stays true to the home’s history. Read more on p. 58.
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Renovations to Tina Keith’s historic farmhouse made for many surprises along the way and a beautiful finished product. WRITTEN JO JOLLIFF PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRANDON ALMS
hen the opportunity arose to return to their hometown, Tina Keith and her husband, Ron, jumped at the chance and purchased an 1800s farmhouse. They were excited to give it some TLC. “We knew that it needed quite a bit of updating and since buying it, pretty much everything in the house has been touched, everything torn back to its original layers,” Keith says. In the process of peeling back the many layers of the house, there were some disap58
pointments, like that the original pine floors were too far gone to be salvaged, but they also uncovered many surprises like beautiful exposed brick in the master bedroom and a fireplace in the living room. “The most exciting part of the renovation was discovering a fireplace that was walled up,” Keith says. “It was so rustic and raw. I was like okay this is going to be the centerpiece of this room for sure, and discovering it kind of helped to drive my inspiration for the rest of the house.” While renovating upstairs, they discovered a closet that had been sealed off and walled up with treasures hidden inside, locked up like their very own time capsule, with the original wallpaper, old spools and a bonnet sitting inside. After the renovations were complete, the Keiths invited back the homes previous owners, excited for them to see their findings and uncover more about the history of the home. From the previous owners, they learned that the farmhouse was built sometime in the 1800s and was used as a field hospital during the Civil War. “It was cool to see their reaction to what we’ve done and to hear their stories,” she says. The Keiths worked hard to stay true to the history of the home, salvaging all that they could and keeping a style that balances rustic elegance. They continue to use the house for its original purpose, as a farmhouse, raising beef cattle on the land and growing flowers around the home so friends can come make fresh bouquets, keeping the home a place filled with life and friendship.
LOVE ME TINDER The previous owner said he thought there used to be a fireplace in the living room. After finding evidence of a hearth, the Keiths immediately started hammering and discovered what is now their favorite feature of the historic home.
RE-IMAGINE Tina Keith (pictured here with Daisy) and her husband, Ron, spent more than a year taking on major renovations. Keith kept track of the renovations in a notebook with pictures of other homes that inspired her style.
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LET THE SUN SHINE For their sunroom, Keith laid brick pavers in a herringbone pattern with heavy mud to match the antique style.
BABY GOT BATH There were three bedrooms upstairs, and the Keiths turned one of them into a bathroom attached to the main bedroom.
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BEAMING WITH JOY Tina and Ron Keith helped their old high school coach dismantle his barn and used the antique beams from the barn throughout their house.
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OLD FURNITURE, NEW LIFE Sheri Abernathy tells us how she transforms old or memorable furniture into updated and beautiful works of art—and shares some handy tips if you want to do it yourself.
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heri Abernathy started her furniture business adventure at a pop-up swap meet with her daughter on an unsuspecting weekend. She saw an old dresser that had been through lots of abuse. Missing hardware, scratches and even some profanity etched into the old dresser set, the selling price at $20. Abernathy could tell it was originally a quality built piece. With some encouragement from her daughter Abernathy scooped up the dresser and set about fixing it up. The dresser ended up being designed by a renowned art deco designer in the 1950s, whose work is in the Smithsonian. Such an amazing find got her hooked on revitalizing furniture from then on. Abernathy has an appreciation for most styles of furniture—like art-deco, colonial, Dutch, Victorian, post-modern and others—but she loves midcentury and Danish design pieces. The clean, modern lines of the design allow the form to follow function. She recommends looking for pieces with these characteristics in your furniture DIY adventures to ensure they have good bones, quality construction and a pleasing shape. With a solid base to work with you can grow and shape the piece into what you want. She also recommends going for pieces that are inexpensive when you first start out to leave room for mistakes that may come
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A fresh coat of paint, new hardware and one-of-a-kind detailing can bring new life to outdated and overlooked furniture pieces.
as you learn and practice. As you're shopping she also suggests keeping in mind that it's possible to add legs, repair veneers, replace broken areas, sand, restain and paint quality built vintage furniture. Abernathy advocates against buying fast furniture—meaning mass-produced furniture—especially pieces made of particleboard. Instead, she suggests checking Facebook Marketplace, along with flea markets, garage sales and thrift stores. Abernathy says that some of her best finds have been “really dark, blurry bad photos that no one notices.” After you find a piece of furniture you want to work on, Abernathy recommends a brainstorm session on what to do with it. Inspiration can come from anywhere, you need only look around you. Apps like Instagram and Pinterest can also help with the creative process. Before starting your own design be sure to do some prepwork: clean, fill and sand parts you're working on. Make it a piece that will last for generations.
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THE LAYERS Mandi Young, owner of Juniper Gardens, discovers trends from all decades while renovating her 1920s farmhouse.
red roof with yellow siding, 6-foot ceilings and 1,000 square feet full of janky remodels is what Mandi Young and her family of four were met with when they bought their old farmhouse. “We walked in the door and I was like, ‘We need to bulldoze this thing. It is awful,’” says Young. They purchased the land for their sustainable wedding venue, Juniper Gardens, and the 1920s farmhouse came with it. The Young family originally intended to build a new home on the property, but with the current high construction costs decided to hold off and instead focus on fixing up the farmhouse. To begin the remodel they started with demo-ing the home, peeling back layer after layer of plaster, drywall and beadboard from the ceilings. “I’ve kind of been falling in love with the house a little bit as we’ve taken all these layers back,” says Young. Along with the now higher ceiling level, 64
Young discovered nearly six layers of different wallpapers in each room from throughout the decades. “As soon as I started seeing the wallpaper I just knew it was special,” she says. “I keep thinking about all these women who have probably put up layers and layers of wallpaper over the years to try and give some charm to this old house, and I was like, ‘Okay, I can be the next in line to fix up this house.’” The wallpapers start with layers from the 1930s and 1940s featuring traditional florals and shades of blues. Then they transition into oranges, yellows, greens and browns as the styles of each generation pass on to the next. Young intends to keep the 1950s flair of the house by featuring her collection of furniture from the 1940s to the 1960s and using the wallpaper she has preserved as decor behind a historical aerial map of the property. “It just feels like I need to honor what’s been going on in this house because it’s been through a lot,” she says.
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