Cribs ~ Matt & Ada-Marie

I am so excited to share this house tour with you.  In what was probably a world record, Ada-Marie and Matt sold their house after their first showing!  Four days on the market, and one showing!  Read on to see why… My sister has taken family portraits for Matt and Ada-Marie for years, and they are wonderful clients for her (Beth Furgurson Photography).  Ada-Marie is a talented and creative design blogger herself (check her out at spark!), so when Beth mentioned to me that they were moving and suggested that we head over there first to take some pictures, I knew it would be beautiful.

When we arrived, Ada-Marie and the adorable Julia were there to greet us.

Ada Marie & Julia

Upon entering the house you immediately get a feel for Ada-Marie’s design style – open, clean, unique, inspired.  In the entrance hall, I loved the acrylic table and chevron runner.  When they first moved in, the hallway sported two brass light fixtures.  Ada-Marie quickly replaced both of those with more contemporary white chandeliers from Crate & Barrel.

house tour hallway

To the right of the entrance way is the living room.  The airy and fresh feeling continues into this room with light paint colors and an oversized ocean view print.   I love the pops of color Ada-Marie added with the pillows, throw, and tray.

house tour living room

The dining room is opposite the living room and comes to life with a fresh green paint color.  This color was a selection from the previous owners and Matt and Ada-Marie loved it, so they decided to keep it.  The dining set has an interesting story: “The dining room set was passed down from my great-grandmother.  I have been trying to figure out more about it because the set only has 5 chairs, but I haven't found anything that looks like the chairs anywhere -- they are truly unique!”  Does anyone have any insight for Ada-Marie on her dining set?

house tour dining room

In the family room, Ada-Marie combined a blue and chocolate rug with colorful pillows (all from Target and machine washable!).  Those hints of color playing off of the white couches and neutral walls create a space that is welcoming and family friendly.  I love how the room feels coordinated without being matchy-matchy.

house tour family room

house tour family room

One of my favorite spaces in the home was the upstairs hallway.

house tour upstairs hallway

The gallery wall of family pictures and the bookshelf topped with two orange foo dogs (found at Home Goods) and mini Tiffany-style lamps create the perfect ‘pass-by’ vignette for the hallway.

mini lamps and foo dogs

In the master bedroom angled walls made the layout tricky.  A light paint color, white furniture, and white bedding keep the space feeling open.  (Even their dog Annie fits the color scheme ;)! )

house tour master bedroom

The symmetry created with the two night stands, mirrors, and lamps also helps to bring balance to the room.

house tour master bedroomI would have loved to have grown-up in Clare’s room (Matt and Ada-Marie’s oldest daughter)!  Pretty purple walls, a tutu inspired bed skirt, and fun pink and purple accessories – a little girl’s dream!

house tour girls bedroom

house tour girls bedroom

house tour purple curtains

Ada-Marie chose mint green and white horizontal stripes for the walls in Julia’s room, with bright pink accents. How cute is the monogram above the bed?!

house tour nursery

Ada-Marie is very crafty and made some of the other window treatments in the house, but she chose to have these Roman shades custom made.  I think the Greek-key pattern is perfect.  I also love the mix of pillows she chose for the sofa – like the family room downstairs, they all coordinate without matching perfectly.

house tour nurseryhouse tour nursery

I hope you've enjoyed Matt and Ada-Marie’s house tour as much as I did!  I think she has such a welcoming and beautiful style.  I’ll leave you with Ada-Marie’s own thoughts on her decorating style:

“I just believe that your house should be your oasis and full of things that you love.  I read somewhere that you should feel like your house is giving you a huge hug when you walk in, and I totally agree.  Like most thirty-somethings, I have a lot of hand-me-downs from my family that I am slowly repurposing, donating, or consigning as I have the time and money to fill my house with pieces that fit better in our home and reflect our lifestyle.  I am trying to decorate with my young kids in in mind instead of waiting 18 years to ‘really’ decorate the house, that's why there are a lot of slipcovers and indestructible materials (lucite, seagrass, etc.).  I have embraced the journey and finally realized that I am never truly ‘done’ with a house -- I had so many more plans for this house, but I think that's the way it would have been even if we had been there 36 years, instead of 6!  :)”

A huge thank you to Matt, Ada-Marie, Clare, and Julia for inviting us into your home!  I’m sure their new home will be just as beautiful!

Don’t forget to check out Ada-Marie’s blog - spark! – and be sure to leave her a note saying “Hi!”

Also, another huge thank you to Beth Furgurson Photography for the beautiful pictures!

º What was your favorite part of the tour?

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Cribs {Christmas Edition} ~ Steve & Amy

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My friend Steve and his family love Christmas.  Steve and his wife Amy have been collecting Christmas ornaments and decorations for years.  They each have many family treasures, and they've also collected special pieces together.  Every year, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Steve takes their three kids and two dogs out of town for the weekend while Amy does one of her favorite things – decorate the house for Christmas.Christmas house

She does have a designer help her with a few things, like the garland and the wreaths, but she also has quite the eye herself.  I was not the designer for the project, so I do not take any of the decorating credit.  Their house and decorations are beautiful though, so I wanted to share the photos with you.  Maybe you’ll find some inspiration for your own house!

Christmas front door

A close up of the stunning garland and wreath on the front door:

Christmas garland & wreath

When you walk in the front door, you’re greeted by this adorable reindeer and his red trees.

reindeer & trees

On the chest to the right of the reindeer was one of my favorite things in the house.  These colorful finials really caught my eye.  They were bright and beautiful and sparkly!

Christmas finials

My favorite one out of all of them:

Christmas finials

Also in the foyer, is another beautiful garland strung along the stair railing.  The mixture of colors and textures really makes the garland interesting and unique!

Christmas stair garland

Over and around the doorways leading from the foyer to the kitchen, Amy hangs four garlands.  They are filled with Christopher Radko ornaments – she uses Santas and snowmen only.

Christmas door garland

There are a total of 217 ornaments on the four garlands and it took Amy 2 ½ hours to put them all together!  A few of their favorites:

Santa & snowman

Amy sets up five trees throughout the house, but one of Steve’s favorite things is the ‘main tree’.

Christmas tree

The main tree is filled with special ornaments that Amy thoughtfully hangs in special places.  Amy and Steve both share the same favorite ornament.  Olivia the octopus (on the right) was an ornament that they both, unknowingly, picked out for the other when they were first dating.

Octopus ornament

Another one of the trees is the ‘kids’ tree’.  It is filled with more playful ornaments.

kids Christmas tree

Many of the ornaments on the kids’ tree are still special, like this penguin Steve has from his childhood.  He said it was purchased from the local drug store where he grew up, and up until a few years ago, it still had the 15¢ price sticker on one of his skis.

penguin ornament

In their kitchen area is this tree, decorated with all penguin ornaments.

penguin Christmas tree

This guy was my favorite – a penguin and he’s purple, yes please!

penguin ornament

I loved this tree that Amy sets up in their bedroom.

pastel Christmas tree

The lighter colors coordinated with the feel of their bedroom and the cascading ribbons added softness to the tree.

pastel Christmas tree

The fifth tree is adorned with all silver ornaments.

silver Christmas tree

All of the ornaments on this tree hold extra-special meaning, especially to Amy.  Her mom and sister collected silver ornaments, so many of these are their ornaments that have been passed down to her.  There are bells, balls, and other figures, some of them are engraved with the dates of their children’s first Christmases or other special years.

silver ornaments

The five trees are not the only amazing decorations in the house.  Steve and Amy also love nutcrackers.  During the holiday season, their pool table turns into center stage for their collection.

nutcrackers

Amy’s mom needlepointed her two son's stockings, and Amy said she even learned new stitches in order to make them!  She passed away before having the chance to make their daughter's stocking, so to have them all match, Amy tracked down the needlepoint winner of the state fair of Texas (Amy's home state) to stitch Hunter's.

stockings

One of Amy’s favorite things is their Fontanini nativity scene.  She says that setting it up each year reminds her of being a young girl and playing dolls with her sister.

Christmas nativity village

Christmas nativity

Steve and Amy have several nativity scenes set up throughout the house.  They are all beautiful and have sentimental meaning to the family.

Christmas nativity

crystal Nativity

Christmas nativity

On the chandelier in their kitchen, Amy strings a garland and clay ornaments to create a casual focal point for the room.

kitchen chadelier

The clay ornaments are a mix of ornaments that represent the 12 Days of Christmas, and ones that are labeled with the year and the family’s names.

kitchen chandelier detail

Amy and Steve also collect the Dicken's Villages.

Christmas village

Amy enjoys finding new ways to arrange the scenes each year.

Christmas village skating

I know that my pictures have not done Amy and Steve’s house and decorations justice.  I appreciate them allowing me to come see all of their decorations and share them with you.  They love the spirit of the Christmas season and find great joy in discovering special pieces throughout the year and reminiscing about the memories each one holds.  Their biggest joy, however, is sharing their collection with others and passing along the happiness and love of the season.

I want to leave you with a few more photos from their collection.

Christmas bell players

Christmas clay figurines

nesting Santas

Christmas dining table

snowy Christmas village

Christmas carolers

Thank you so much, Steve and Amy, for opening your Christmas Wonderland to us!

° What is your favorite Christmas ornament?

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Cribs ~ Van & Sean

Welcome to my version of Cribs!  (Do you remember MTV's Cribs, where they went into celebrities’ homes and gave viewers a tour of their spaces?) My friend Van, while not a celebrity, does have a beautiful home full of unique pieces and thoughtful details.  She and her husband Sean were gracious enough to allow me and my personal photographer – a.k.a. the most awesome sister in the world: Beth Furgurson – into their home in order to share the images with you.  So, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of Cribs! _______________________________________________________________

Upon entering their home, you immediately get a feel of Van’s style – chic, global, and comfortable.  She has an eye for beautiful pieces and combines the pieces she finds in an effortless way.

Room #1 ~ Living Room

living room

For example, Van anchored the living room with an estate sale rug, and layered it with a new ottoman (don’t you love the light blue color & the nail head trim?!) and a cabinet she found at a local antiques store (Sheppard Street Antiques).

living room lamp

I love the lamps she chose to flank the fireplace.  Sitting atop trays and paired with a simple piece of art, they provide the perfect accent to the room.

console table with family pictures

On the left wall of the living room, Van placed this beautiful console table and topped it with family photos.  What a wonderful way to display special photos of family members from several generations!

Room #2 ~ Dining Room

dining room

I love the mix of colors and styles used in the dining room: the white chairs mixed with the wood table; the green corner cabinet against the palest of blue walls; and the geometric area rug that ties the room together.

green dining room corner cabinet

The focal point of the dining room is the green corner cabinet.  Van found this piece at a shop in Charlottesville, VA (that is now closed).  The details on the doors and the bold color make such an impact in the room.

yarn centerpiece

For an effortless centerpiece, Van found inspiration from one of her favorite hobbies.  A few spools of yarn placed in a wooden bowl add a simple, yet personalized touch to the room.

Room #3 ~ Office

office

Van and Sean’s office is both functional and stylish.  Soft colors and repainted pieces work together to make the room comfortable and charming.

zebra paiper mache

A playful touch in the office is this zebra head that Van found at Ruth & Ollie.  He is papier-mâché made of old French newspapers.

Room #4 ~ Kitchen & Eat-in Area

kitchen, work bench island

To provide their family with more living space, Van and Sean put an addition onto the back of the house.  Included in the plans of the addition was a larger, updated kitchen.  Van found this work bench at an antiques store and knew she had to have it.  They planned the whole kitchen around the work bench in order to use it as the center island.

kitchen eat in area

Adjacent to the kitchen is the family’s eat-in area.  Van found the English gate leg table at Kim Faison Antiques here in Richmond, VA.

reclaimed bench & floral pillows

Placing a bench on one side of the table provides extra seating for family and friends.  I love the story that goes with the bench: “We purchased the bench from Sheppard Street Antiques.  It was found in a barn and we had it cleaned only partially so that it would be restored, but so that you could still see the green paint someone had spilled on it in the barn.”

pendant light

Sometimes the best pieces can be found while you’re on vacation or out of town.  Van found the pendant light for the eat-in area at Brocante Home in Irvington, VA near where her family has a river house.

nook with accessories & pictures

Between the eat-in area and the kitchen is a nook for holding books and other accessories.   A photo collage of Van and Sean’s two adorable children adorn the walls giving the space a personal touch (photos by Beth Furgurson ;) ).

Room #5 ~ Family Room

family room, antique cabinet, Hot Link Pro

The family room houses Van’s favorite piece – the media cabinet.  When searching for a media cabinet, Van could not find a traditional one that she liked and felt fit the style of their home.  Sean found a solution to their problems: the Hot Link Pro.  The Hot Link Pro is a sensor that allows you to hide A/V equipment behind opaque doors.  (Who knew there was such a thing?)  This technology allowed Van to use an antique Swedish cabinet to store their cable box and DVD player.  The piece also has plenty of space for the kids’ movies, books, and games.

sea grass basket & dog art

Unique furniture is not the only thing that Van and Sean collect.  One of the most special pieces they own is the sea grass basket hand made from Edisto Island, SC.  The dog painting by a local Richmond artist compliments the basket for a lovely vignette.

I hope you have enjoyed this episode of Cribs!  I love all of the pieces in Van and Sean’s home, but I think my favorite part is that it all feels so welcoming and livable.  Of all the unique and beautiful pieces, there is nothing that is off limits or too precious to sit on. _______________________________________________________________

*A huge thank you to Van and Sean for opening their home to us and for allowing me to share it with you.

*Also, a special thank you to Beth Furgurson for capturing such beautiful images.

º What is your favorite part of the tour?  (I’m having a hard time picking just one thing!)

º Did you know about the Hot Link Pro?

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