A Home Close To My Heart
Personal Interior Design Touches for a Family Home.
House 2 Home Designs was born out of my passion for creating functional spaces that are uniquely beautiful! Naturally, I love the opportunity to design for my own family as well.
This project was our family home about 15 years ago. And although interior design trends evolve over time, I still love the warm, personal, and functional designs I created for our family to make memories in.
From the nursery my children grew up in to the entertaining area that hosted all of our family friends,
this home interior design was a backdrop for so many of our happiest days.
I designed this whimsical nursery for my own children. At the time, I wasn't sure if I would have boys or girls, so I wanted to design an imaginative, gender-neutral space. The book If I Were A Tree by Dar Hosta provided inspiration, which informed the custom-painted mural and hand-made accessories that make this space so interactive.
Every thoughtful detail in this nursery is part of the beautiful memories my family made in the space.
One of my favorite details in this room are the custom roman shades - designed to make the flowers appear to grow when the shade is drawn closed. Nearby, a delicate butterfly mobile hangs near the hand-painted butterflies in the mural painted by a local artist.
The true focal point of the room was the large tree that protects the crib. To complete the effect, I added a DIY ladybug mobile!
This nursery was a small space, but it was made larger than life through small, personal touches. On the ceiling, I installed 300 fiber optic lights to softly twinkle at night.
I even climbed the ladder while pregnant to make my starry sky design possible!
A Little Girl's Mermaid Paradise
Once my daughters outgrew the nursery, I still wanted them to have a fun, inventive place to play and grow. So I created an Under the Sea-themed room for them. The custom-painted mermaid mural featured one mermaid for each of my two girls.
Those bubbles hanging above the bed are made from gauze. And I spray painted real starfish to adorn the window treatments! I wanted the room to have interactive, three dimensional elements, so I did a lot of DIY and crafting to bring it together.
The final touch to make this magical mermaid room feel Under The Sea was the ceiling. We painted it a gorgeous, shimmering silver in a metallic finish.
Upstairs Entertaining Area
Before we re-invented this space to be a functional entertaining area, it was just a dead area with no real purpose. But by the time we were done, it was one of the most popular spaces in our family's home!
I downplayed the awkward ceiling angle by painting the ceiling the same cool terracotta color as the walls. This opened up the space, and kept it from feeling cramped.
Another trick I used to elongate the space was the vertical brick lay for the slate backsplash. This fools the eye into seeing a longer, taller space.
The custom-painted cabinets and soapstone counter top completed this simple, yet elegant entertaining area upstairs.
The Everything Room
My family LIVED in this office/den/everything space. From working to watching TV, this cozy living room design had something for everyone in the family.
The space shown here was intended as an organizational, storage, and work space - so function was the biggest factor. The faux-wood backsplash is actually made of cork, so it could function as a bulletin board for family reminders.
I painted the custom cabinetry in the same color as the walls and ceiling in the space, so that this functional nook would blend in with the serene vibe of the living room. The mantle, made from a reclaimed beam, was one of my favorite touches in this multi-purpose space.
Warm, Inviting Kitchen
I love designing kitchens! To me, the kitchen is the heart of the home - and function is EVERYTHING when it comes to kitchen interior design.
All of the cabinetry shown here was designed custom, to make the most of the space. Because there wasn't much room for new furniture items, we built a display area into the central island. You'll also notice that I have my signature triple stacked drawers around the stovetop.
The rustic slate backsplash paired with the warm cabinetry made this kitchen feel warm and inviting. Our family made many memories in this kitchen!