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Michael was the general contractor for the home, so he and Ellie decided to make minimal changes to the exterior of the house. The couple wanted to maintain the home's original look and fit the rest of the neighborhood. A new garage was added to the home, but the only other changes outside are copper flashing and new trim.
Light oak floors, exposed beams, white trim and blue-toned paints contribute the coastal style they wanted. In the foyer, herringbone hardwood floors with a walnut border were installed. Ellie chose a navy grasscloth wallpaper for the walls. "I'm a big fan of decorating with texture instead of loud colors or prints," she says. "I think walls are a great place to do that."
A crisp navy and white geometric carpet was chosen for the staircase, and the stair rods are capped with pineapple finials, finishing off the foyer's coastal look.
Light fixture: Hampton Semi-Flushmount, Hudson Valley
Ellie and Michael decided to use a lower-grade oak flooring for more variation, warmth and depth. In the formal dining room (originally the home's living room), they installed a light fixture and trestle table and added wainscotting and coffering on the ceiling and walls.
Table: Trestle Salvaged Wood Extension Dining Table, Restoration Hardware
Chandelier: Pillar Candle Large Chandelier, Restoration Hardware
Chairs: HENRIKSDAL Chair, IKEA
The blue-gray island is nearly 10 feet long, giving Ellie plenty of room to cook and entertain. She and Michael decided to give the Carrara marble countertop the look of a double slab by mitering the edge of the single 2.5-inch piece. "It's a great industrial feel, and the manufacturing is superb," Ellie says. "The veins of the marble even follow right down over the edge to give it a seamless look."
Pendant: Benson Pendant
Cowhide: KOLDBY, IKEA
The backsplash behind the desk area in the kitchen was painted with magnetic primer and chalkboard paint, which makes it the perfect spot to leave notes. The built-in cabinetry is in the same style as the rest of the kitchen to create a unified look.
One of Ellie's favorite features is the ceiling she designed in the great room. The ceiling is a glossy white beadboard with flat beams (the room didn't have the height for dropped beams). The area right next to the living room is the kids' play area. Here, the couple decided to make the ceiling a bit higher and left the beadboard in a natural color. The difference provides a subtle sense of distinction between the two spaces, and helps the play area feel warmer.
Couches: Baldwin slipcovered couch and chair, Macy's
Play area carpet: Skip Hop Playspot
The rustic-looking wood media unit is from Restoration Hardware, and Ellie and Michael added shoe molding to give it a more custom, built-in look. Most of the products in the home are a mix of Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel and IKEA, blended with a few finds from local stores and their travels.
This formal living room was originally the home's dining room. Because they love to entertain and have family dinners, the couple decided a larger dining room would better suit their lifestyle. For the walls, Ellie chose a vinyl gray wallpaper with a silk-like look. But because it's made of such durable material, it can be scrubbed, washed and even bleached — perfect for a house with two small children.
Arm chairs: Pottery Barn
Couch: Bayside Full Sleeper, Crate & Barrel
Ceiling pendant: Finley Small White Pendant, Crate & Barrel
Ellie and Michael designed the upstairs master suite as a respite from their busy lives. Dark wood furniture contrasts with a subtle and pearlescent wallpaper. Classically designed light fixtures stay in line with the style of the rest of the house.
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