Emily and Evan moved into their first home that they share with their two shih-tzu/bichon frise dogs Stella and Rosco, two and a half years ago. She works both as a project manager for the advertising sector of Amazon.com and a budding interior designer, where her e-decorating work has brought her clients from all over the US and Canada. He’s a project engineer at Prime Electric. They bought their home for its great layout and enticing original hardwood floors, but the beige painted walls, yellow tile and carpet definitely didn’t flow with their modern eclectic personal style.
Not wanting to take down any walls, they kept the same floor plan but stripped the home of its outdated decor. “All carpet had to be removed which was on the stairs and throughout the basement,” Emily shared with us, “the other top priority was to update all lighting in the house because the fixtures made it feel like it was 1995.” The first major renovation took place in the kitchen. They repainted the original shaker cabinets, but replaced the countertops with a bright gray quartzite. The dark gray herringbone floors and brass hardware completely updated the space.
As for the decoration, Emily referred to the eclectic spaces of designers that shared a similar aesthetic vision: “some of my favorite designers include Emily Henderson, Studio McGee, and Amber Interiors so I definitely took inspiration from many of their beautiful designs.” They moved in with their furniture that they collected over the years, but slowly switched them out for pieces that fit their new space. Emily went back and forth between dark gray or teal for their living room sectional. “Since it really was a big color commitment I was a bit nervous that I would want to go back to a neutral after a short time,” she said, “now after having it in the space for almost two years, it really is my favorite piece in the entire house.”
Emily and Evan’s home is really a lesson in mixing: high and low, new and vintage… A clear example is their up-cycled cabinets in the kitchen with the quartzite countertops. Another example is their inexpensive light fixtures with vintage pieces like the barrel chairs in the basement den, which they had reupholstered. “Reupholstering vintage furniture is worth the splurge because you will have something totally unique to your home and things were made so well back then that the quality can’t be beat.”