elevated, yet far from stuffy. modern with a touch of classic charm. luxurious, yet effortlessly approachable. these entertaining spaces embody the perfect blend of stylish and sophisticated elements. welcome to my home sweet home. pinch me!

even before purchasing our suburban oasis, i began envisioning how to infuse our personality into each space of our new home. although my initial vision has shifted slightly to align with the beautiful bones of this house, the overall aesthetic remains the same — clean lines, approachable luxury, and a welcoming environment for all who enter.

project scope & inspiration

i began my personal home renovation the same way i approach client projects: gathering inspiration, defining the investment, crafting a detailed furnishings list, and thoughtfully editing selections to achieve the desired outcome.

with countless design possibilities (oh, hello, designer designing her own home!), i remained focused on the essentials. planning for my future self meant creating gathering spaces for easy hosting, room to mingle, and a setting ideal for spontaneous weeknight dinners.

balancing modern design while preserving the home’s integrity was essential. the result? elevated yet approachable spaces, ready for entertaining. i am beyond thrilled with the outcome of these spaces — and i couldn’t be more excited to invite you inside. join me for a cocktail, won’t you?

inviting and sophisticated living room

refined elegance, day or night, our spacious living room is primed for hosting good times. an area rug in soothing grey establishes the foundation, while strategically arranged furniture facilitates easy conversation and soo much room for comfortable mingling (a luxury we lacked in the city). the neutral color palette, complemented by a pop of striking royal blue, creates an inviting yet sophisticated ambiance.

undeniably stealing the spotlight is the wood-burning fireplace, adorned with a stunning marble surround…

to maintain our home’s original character, we introduced a beautiful millwork surround that harmonizes with the natural elegance of the fireplace. this sleek and crisp backdrop acts as a flawless canvas for stunning brass fixtures and contemporary artwork, collectively crafting a serene and welcoming environment.

finally, adding both style and practicality, a beautiful and versatile three-piece nesting coffee table completes this space.

with ample seating for relaxing conversations and several surfaces for resting your beverage of choice, this living room seamlessly blends beauty with intentionality. and it doesn’t end here. just beyond the archway, our charming, contemporary dining area awaits…

classic and modern dining room

continuing the clean, modern aesthetic, we selected a stunning, oversized table (which would have never fit into our city apartment!) generously accommodating seating for up to 8 guests. cozy, curved grey upholstered dining chairs invite guests to linger a bit longer. above the table, a contemporary light fixture with brass detailing effortlessly echoes the classic elements you’ll find throughout our home.

to ground the dining room, we opted for a neutral sisal area rug, layering the space with just enough warmth without distracting from the gorgeous wallpaper. speaking of…

the subtle pattern is stunning, isn’t it?! safe to say i’m in love. to maintain balance, we opted for minimal artwork. complemented by classic brass wall sconces and neutral patterned drapery, this dining room gives off a luxurious but approachable ambiance. i’m already dreaming about my next cocktail hour…

you knew my home would not be complete without a fully-stocked bar area, didn’t you? conveniently located just off the dining room sits our dedicated bar cabinet. this strategic placement ensures easy refills throughout dinner or when venturing into the living room for a nightcap. perfection.

a work in progress

designing my own home has been an insightful journey. although there are still areas to refine and rooms to fill, i trust these spaces will unfold over time. by starting with quality pieces in timeless shapes and premium materials, there is plenty of room for my evolving tastes to flourish. to say that i’m filled with gratitude to create a thoughtful, curated, and meaningful home for my family would be an understatement.

stay tuned as i continue to share more spaces. in the meantime, if you’re inspired and ready to begin your home transformation, you know where to find us.

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