Homeowners Jeff and Hannah and their two girls had been living in their dated ’90s-style home for a few years before they hired designer Julie Schwartzenberger of Edge and Lines Design. It had red brick floors running through it and had been segmented off into many different tiny rooms, two characteristics that didn’t gel with their preference for open-concept casual living.
Over the next four months Julie and the homeowners came up with the design – modern farmhouse, with a little bit of French countryside for a casual Florida lifestyle – they then began to search for a contractor. In the end, they decided on Ken Adams of KC Services to help them completely gut and renovate their home. Even the exterior was given a coat of paint to improve its curb appeal. But with over 4000 square feet of space, they had their work cut out for them.
The first thing was to tear down the ugly crown molding and open up the rooms to create a free-flowing living room/dining room/kitchen. The homeowners decided on Coretec Eco-friendly Flooring for the whole home because of its lifetime warranty and texture, not to mention that its highly waterproof quality made it a smart choice for a Florida-based home. Julie also cut-down the enormous fireplace that Hannah quipped, “looked like it belonged in a ski lodge”. The designer also accented a few walls with shiplap to bring in that modern farmhouse look that the homeowners wanted.
Certain features carry on throughout the house: chevron was selected for several parts of the home as a repeated design feature. “We used a chevron to walk you through the house,” Julie explained, “you are greeted with it when you arrive on the portico. The back-splash in the kitchen is again chevron, and the custom barn door leading to the master bedroom is chevron completing the cohesive tour.” The designer also selected several rugs from the Scandinavian company Nordic Knots for the various seating areas in the home and entryway.
The last important element of the design, one requested by Jeff, was to incorporate the family’s artwork into the home. “The design came full circle with mid-century modern elements, and an eclectic mix in some areas where we worked the room around the homeowners art– a more Southwest style family room and a jungalow-style master sitting room,” Julie said. About the designer, the homeowners shared: “she was able to listen to our wants, needs and style but also challenged us to push the design beyond our typical comfort zone and we could not be more thrilled with the outcome!”