After residing in Los Angeles for 18 yrs, this lovely Victorian farmhouse was the property that lured Jennifer Muirhead and her relatives again to the East Coast, location of a lot of modern day farmhouse design and style properties.
‘It was incredibly essential to us to maintain the historic integrity of the property, stripping back again some of the layers from around the earlier few decades, nonetheless we didn’t want it to really feel like a museum,‘ states Jennifer, founder of Jennifer Muirhead Interiors (opens in new tab). ‘We have a younger daughter and a pet, so we required it to be sensible as nicely. I appeared to a good deal of English decorators for inspiration as the English are masterful at marrying outdated and new.‘
Jennifer was eager to honor the home’s record and generations of former owners even though putting her have mark on it. ‘In the end, we felt we succeeded in that,‘ she suggests. ‘The dwelling even started out to come to feel like one more family member in a way.‘
To make certain the screened-in porch felt like a different home in the home and not just a summer-only patio, Jennifer introduced a blend of both indoor and out of doors parts. ‘We use it nine months out of the calendar year since it is just so relaxed, and is the very best spot to view a rainstorm.‘
Jennifer describes the interior fashion as ‘California English‘ simply because ‘while there are definitely traditional English region components, there are minor times of mid century modern day in this article and there that replicate our 18 yrs in Los Angeles.‘
Her dwelling home ideas epitomize this blend. The leaping off point was the floral Pyne Hollyhock drapery material by Schumacher, which Jennifer has often beloved. ‘Nancy Pyne, its namesake, lived not also far down the road from us so it felt correct,‘ she suggests. Gray swivel chairs and a Tulip Desk inject a mid century contact.
Jennifer was keen to include the original flooring anywhere possible. ‘When we pulled up the flooring in the dining space, on the other hand, we found there had been a fire at a person place and so we had to use some reclaimed wood from an old railroad station in New York.‘
Her dining area concepts involved generating a common plan with a customized dining desk designed in England and an antique John Opie painting, which was a likelihood discover in a regional antique shop. Juxtaposition was introduced with the assertion Julie Neill light-weight fixture.
‘The den is the unanimous favourite area,‘ claims Jennifer. ‘Everyone enjoys the moody eco-friendly grasscloth partitions and rustic woodwork all around the fireplace. There are also so several trees and bushes just outdoors the windows that it is the best birdwatching home.‘ The Brook Perdigon fabric on the Romans shades references the birds outside the house.
Jennifer’s important need for this place was an tremendous couch that the family could all pile onto and nonetheless seemed fantastic, so she opted for a typical English roll arm model in an off white to lift the plan.
The interval come to feel of this space was improved by changing the current basin with a Victorian model pedestal and unlacquered brass Waterworks fixtures that glimpse like they’ve often been there. Jennifer claims she hardly ever tires of Cole & Son’s Nuvolette wallpaper, which generates a remarkable backdrop in the house.
Most important bedroom
The light-weight in the primary bedroom is dreamy and moody, so bed room ideas concentrated on a palette in retaining with all those inner thoughts – creams, taupes, grays, sages and blues. Jennifer also incorporated what felt like a nod to another regional legend, Sister Parish, with a Parish Hadley print on the drapery.
Since the dressing area is off the principal, Jennifer pulled out the sage colour from it, intensifying it so that it relevant to the key but is also its possess distinctive house.
A spherical skirted desk was a must as shortly as Jennifer saw the space. This custom made just one is manufactured from a Colefax and Fowler linen with a Samuel & Sons fringe.
Guest bed room
Antique pine furniture adds to the state truly feel in the guest bed room even though injecting cosy tones. Walls in Light-weight Blue by Farrow & Ball make a calming backdrop.
The tones from the Manuel Canovas material are teased out to create a colourful bedroom plan.
One particular of Jennifer’s toilet concepts was to use a fairly blue and ivory William Morris print on the partitions. ‘It was designed the same 12 months that the property was developed, but manages to glimpse so fresh new and modern,‘ she claims.
Her place of work
Property business office ideas incorporated painting the whole attic room in China White by Benjamin Moore. From a functional issue of see, it truly is a fantastic backdrop for all of the swatches that Jennifer is frequently looking at for operate, additionally it improves the light-weight and vibrant experience.
His office environment
‘My husband’s business is the “his” edition of mine,‘ says Jennifer. ‘We remaining the wood untouched here so it felt unique from mine.‘
Jennifer produced a window nook in her husband’s business office. ‘Our obstacle in this house was obtaining items that in good shape as a result of the slender previous doorways and up the attic staircase,‘ she claims.
Interior design/ Jennifer Muirhead Interiors (opens in new tab)
Styling/ Deirdre King
Pictures/ Raquel Langworthy