Before & After
My husband, our two pups, and I moved into our Rockville Centre English Tudor in the winter of 2019. We weren't looking for houses long when we came across our forever home. It was our first stop on the second day of our house tour, and as soon as we turned on to the block and pulled up in front of the house, we knew it was meant to be ours.
The block itself is lined with English Tudors and striking mature trees, all of which had leaves that were changing colors. Our house was also located at the end of the block, right on the cul-de-sac. I could see my husband's eyes light up, thinking of all of the hockey that could be played in the street.
As we entered the house our hearts exploded - The house was filled with charm and original details. Wide wood beams lined the living room ceiling, archways connected one room to another and there were built-ins and nooks galore.
Of course, the house would need work- but the bones were solid and the character was abundant. We placed an offer that day and within two months we received the keys to our first home.
Our home is special in many ways. It was built in the early 1930s and from the curb could be mistaken for an actual gingerbread house. It has 5 bedrooms and is filled with natural sunlight, which isn't always the case with an English Tudor. The last owners added an addition to the back, finished the walk-up attic and the basement, so there is plenty of room for us to grow our family. And the very best part- a beautiful little yard for our pups.
Over the next few posts, I will walk you through each room, and give you insight into the interior design process and how we are creating our dream home- room by room. Excited to take you along on the journey!
Living Room Design
When we bought our home, the living room was already bursting with showstopping character. This room is equipped with its original oak floors, tall ceilings with three massive wood beams running across them, a beautiful stone fireplace and two archways leading you through the house. This room also has a large, southern exposure, picture window that floods the room with natural sunlight. Lastly, I can't forget to mention, the cutest little built-in I had ever seen.
I knew that this room would be the perfect backdrop to my modern bohemian style, so I started pulling inspiration and creating a mood board for the room. There were two pieces that I knew had to go into this room, the blue velvet chesterfield sofa that I inherited from my momma, and her beautiful printed rug. These pieces she loved so thoroughly and would add a piece of her heart to the room.
I used the printed rug as my inspiration to help me determine the color pallet for the room and built out the design from there. I used a mixture of metals and layered textiles to bring a global and eclectic feel to the design. I also used this opportunity to fill the room with our plant babies that had traveled with us from Astoria.
I knew that I wanted the wall over the sofa to be the focal point in the room, so I worked with Artfully Walls to create a stunning gallery wall. I am so thrilled with the final product! It really makes a strong statement when you walk in the front door.
Wall Color—Benjamin Moore, Balboa Mist; Trim Color: Benjamin Moore— Simply White;Sofa— Lyre Sofa, Anthropologie; Coffee Table— Sun Burst, Anthropologie; Wall Hanging— Skye Macrame Wall Hanging, Pottery Barn; Chairs— Mid-Century Leather Chair, West Elm; Poufs — Leather Moroccan Pouf, HomeGoods; Wall Art— Artfully Walls