This Hannon Home Project was years in the making but one of the most rewarding projects we have done to date. “Rustic Modern” was our design focus and guided every design & décor decision made throughout the main floor of this home. Before the reno, the space was very country themed and really needed to be updated to a more classic, clean design without losing the warmth that comes from the rural setting surrounding the home. We wanted to keep the wood trim, and have more consistent flooring surfaces (see the wood island in the middle of the living room?), and refurnish the whole space with items that would stand the test of time—and lots of family!
Before we began, we knew there was a lot on the wish list. We wanted to completely change the kitchen and make better use of the space as well as add in (much) more storage. The stairs to the loft needed to be addressed as the slope wasn’t right and they were partially blocked off by a doorway. The homeowner wanted to add more space to the loft by building over the current two-story dining room. The Living Room needed a makeover with furniture that could withstand three teenagers—and their friends! They loved to entertain and frequently have out of town guests so comfort and easy maintenance were paramount. No big deal…easy-peasy, right?
Almost the entire main floor of this home needed to be addressed, so we started with the kitchen as it was the biggest project of all. Dated oak cabinets were not in a layout that really used the space efficiently. It was a fair-sized space, so we really had a lot of ideas to work with. One key change was adding a door from the kitchen to the dining room—a huge game changer as it really affected how often they used this “formal” space.
One of the hardest decisions the homeowner had to make was whether to let go of an eating table in the kitchen. We ultimately decided the large peninsula could be used for everyday meals, as well as the perfect perching place for when the home was filled with guests. The original layout didn’t really change too much; the homeowner preferred the peninsula rather than an island, and with the extra space we created a coffee station under the stairs and a built-in cabinet behind the peninsula that stores items she only uses occasionally. The amount of storage now compared to what was there before has increased significantly and she couldn’t be happier!
Once the layout had been determined, we moved on to finishes. We chose a tiger-oak shaker-style door for all the custom-made cabinets to keep that rustic look and quartz counters for their heavy-duty durability. A polished marble subway tile from Lowe’s kept the overall design simple yet classic and added that modern edge.
Now that the kitchen has access to the dining room, the homeowner uses this space much more frequently. We kept the vintage side board and china cabinet that had been a wedding gift, but changed the chairs and dining table to a more contemporary look. With a rather large extended family, this home is often the scene of epic Thanksgiving dinners and with the extendable table, they can seat everyone! We were fortunate to find this Ikea table that can easily seat 10+ on Kijiji in great condition—score! The chairs were another big box store find and keep the lines clean in this space. The homeowner loves candles, so it made sense to put in a light fixture that reflected that. The rustic stone fireplace wall warms up the space visually and physically and is a lovely feature that guest always enjoy.
The living room also received a makeover with all new flooring and furniture; top of the wish list was maximum comfort, plenty of seating for frequent entertaining, and finishes that were easy to maintain. As this room sits over a sound studio, carpeting was a must with the homeowner just to control the level of sound.
The furniture had to be comfortable, durable & stylish without breaking the bank. With three teenage boys and their friends to consider, a lot of thought was put into the color and layout of this Living room. A sectional seemed like a good idea, but the homeowner likes to be able to move things around as needed so we chose pieces from Lazy-boy that maximized seating but still gave her this option. Warm pumpkin tones were brought in to add contrast through the cushions and the artwork we found at Bowring--it was perfect for that wall!
Side tables with rustic finishes were sourced at Leon’s and a huge leather ottoman is a great spot to put your feet up for family movie watching. This space is comfortable, low maintenance, seats a crowd & has the best view in the house!
Many of the choices we made with the homeowners were new and stretching to them. We went back and forth on the layout of the kitchen many times and had numerous conversations until she felt comfortable with the ideas presented. Furniture purchases of the past were always at low end retailers and it was a mental challenge to choose something that was customized just for them and an investment that would last more than five years. We looked and talked and shopped until we came across what worked for their lifestyle AND their budget. We do what it takes to make our clients happy and satisfied with the end result, and with this Rustic Modern Home the homeowners couldn’t be happier! The project took about 10 months to complete but now they relax and enjoy their space every single day, and so do all the people that visit this gorgeous Hannon home.
Want to learn more about this space and hear the homeowner’s point of view? It was featured in the 2016 Fall Issue of Our Homes Magazine. It’s Bella Casa Interiors’ first magazine feature and a personal goal achieved (I am a magazine fiend and it had always been a dream of mine to have a home featured). Click here to check it out!
Photo credit for large photos (including cover shot and excluding final photo) by KWest Images. All other photos are my own.