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Updated: Nov 12, 2017

Since the home's exterior style is French Country, we wanted to keep that a consistent motif throughout but still inject edgy Scandi-modern elements to keep it from skewing too trad. A light brick was a must, but we instead of go-to white we opted for Silverwood, a warm cream with lots of variation. To make the windows and French doors pop, we chose bronze casings, and tied in the exterior lanterns as well as door hardware to match. I'm still unsure whether the curtain hardware will be black too or brass like the interior finishes, stay tuned!

To break up the black and white contrast, we went with shutters (not shown in this rendering) in Sherwin Williams' Meditative, a refreshing steel blue shade that feels fresh and timeless at the the same time. Although I'm super happy with this selection, it makes it a challenge to pinpoint a door color -- although I definitely know it won't be staying brown! Do I stay within the paint chip scheme, or go bold with a complementary shade? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Keep in mind, I plan on planting some kind of flowering vine along the brick exterior so the colors will need to coordinate there as well.

Inside, we're installing wide plank white oak flooring throughout. It is so pretty and fresh, and makes a great backdrop for pretty much any rug! When I saw the name of this shade was Hemingway Oak, it sealed the deal for me since Hemingway is one of my favorite authors! Nothing is a coincidence, right?

We also decided to paint the entire entire Sherwin Williams' Snowbound...for now. Although we definitely be installing wallpaper in some rooms and repainting others (already thinking about a moody study), I wanted to get settled in first to be certain of the decisions we take, and also it's way less stressful to give the team the green light on just one color! Just one perk of designing for myself instead of clients...

Lastly, all the interior lighting and hardware will be brass, which adds a warm touch of glam against the neutral palette. I'll be sharing more as we progress!


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