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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
One of my favorite spaces in the home was the 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.
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 ;)! )
The symmetry created with the two night stands, mirrors, and lamps also helps to bring balance to the room.
I 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!
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?!
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.
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?