Let me start by first saying this, the February issue of House Beautiful is incredible! Cover to cover, with each image and story told, House Beautiful has delivered a truly gorgeous, insightful material. So if you haven’t gotten yours in the mail, please go out there and buy a copy asap. This is one issue you’ll want to hold on to. It’s that good! The magazine’s February theme is Before & Afters (and during) – which by themselves are some of the most gratifying design stories we could ask for. It might just inspire your next home makeover!
Starting with the cover, a mid-reno shot of Eddie Ross’ dining room (yes, you read that right! A mid-reno shot can be cover-worthy!) The former executive editor of Better Homes & Gardens and author of Modern Mix shares a stunning image of his dining room at Edgewood Hall, the historic home in Wayne, Pennsylvania he’s renovating with his partner Jaithan. Can’t wait to see it all finished! Following up – everything you need to know when considering a bathroom overhaul, and of course several before and after projects: Amanda Lindroth, Shon Parker and Nina Farmer are just a few of my favorite designers in this month’s issue.
In fact, Boston-based designer Nina Farmer (pictured above) created a very special home with a kitchen that I’m pretty sure will win Kitchen of The Year award. One of the reasons I chose Nina’s project for today’s post is because I fell in love with her vision for this house and felt I had to share it. It is also a learning opportunity for me in a way. It is not that often we get to see older homes, historic homes with architectural details so worth preserving that are actually beautifully designed to be lived in by a young family.
A brick house built in the 1880s, the home is located in the historical district of Boston. Beautifully preserved by its previous owners and spared the reno-madness of the 80s, the house kept intact its Craftsman style architectural details: dark boiserie throughout, beams and built-in cabinets, window seats and stained glass, all those details so worth preserving in a historic home but that are harder to design around for a modern lifestyle without it all feeling dark and dated. However, Nina Farmer managed to do so beautifully!
In its essence, the house was left undisturbed – no change in the floor plans nor knocking down walls. The home’s character remained intact while the changes occurred only on the surface. A cosmetic lift of some sorts: fresh paint, many yards of wallpaper and carefully chosen fabrics with rich colors and textures were all that’s been done to the space. Isn’t it wonderful?
The Living Room:
The Dining Room:
The family room functions as home office:
In the powder room, the authentic corner sink and beadboard were preserved. Marbleized wallpaper and a cool mirror add modern drama to this tiny room.
For more details and resources, as well as an interview with the designer, head over to House Beautiful. Have a nice weekend!