As I’m saving inspiration images for our upcoming modern colonial home, I’m noticing a few differences from the modern cottage look we’ve been working towards in this house and a lot of similarities too. Keep in mind that inspiration photos can be inspiration for color, textures, or a feel. None of it means “this is what the living room is going to look like,” it’s more of a general vibe.
Our modern cottage feel was accomplished through incorporating rustic wood elements (think: beams in the living room, the canopy bed in our bedroom and even our super matte wood floors) and stonework both in and out of the house. Layering in different patterns and textures was also key to creating cozy little spaces and moments throughout the house. Pattern and texture and wallpaper isn’t going anywhere in my life, but let’s get into what inspiration for our home modern colonial.
In our new home you’ll notice there will be a lot trim work. We didn’t have any crown moulding in this house because it felt like it needed more simplicity, but get ready for some stacks on stacks. I’m talking layered moulding…everywhere. The house already has a lot of trim work and we’re excited to add more!
I am also excited to incorporate more traditional furniture shapes as well (peek the two armchairs in the photos above).
Below, I’ve been eager to have more fun with tile! All of our bathrooms will have tile floors and all of them need updated. I can’t wait!
Rich, warm wood tones are singing to me. Even the wood on wood on wood look mixed with mid-tone paint colors. (I’m kind of over the super dark and super light only paint colors look)
Obviously wallpaper isn’t going anywhere! I have loved this bedroom for so long–the spindled bed frame, the classic-shaped nightstand, the warm wood tone in the chair and the smaller scaled wallpaper is sweet as can be.
Below, more mid-tone paint inspiration! I’m excited to have fun with our kitchen–we’re spilling some exciting news about that in our newsletter tonight! (Subscribe here if you haven’t)
I am still dreaming of where we can install a beautiful scenic wall mural? I think there’s something so traditional about displaying gorgeous artwork from floor to ceiling. Also note the stair runner, curved railing, and white window shutters.
We have high hopes for the next house and truly can’t wait to get there, but we’re remembering that this is not going to happen overnight. It’s going to take some time to acquire furniture and curate decor, but this is the direction we are heading towards. Chris and I actually fly to Raleigh tomorrow to select a stain color for our white oak floors so stay tuned!
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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