Tour a Designer’s Cozy Colonial-Style Family Room and Kitchen
In this episode of Houzz TV Live, interior designer Sara Hillery takes viewers inside the kitchen and family room in her Dutch Colonial-style home in Richmond, Virginia. The house was built in 1971 to look like a historic tavern in nearby Williamsburg, and Hillery wanted to update the spaces while keeping the old-world look and feel.
In the family room, she kept the reclaimed heart pine floors, wall paneling and built-ins but lightened up the room with a custom-cut seagrass rug, new lighting and two light-gray sofas. Arranging the furniture around a large brick fireplace created an inviting, cozy space for East Coast winters.
In the kitchen, warm off-white paint (Marshmallow by Sherwin-Williams) on the cabinets, trim and walls offers a similar welcoming atmosphere. Hillery used the all-white approach to make the cabinets recede so she could put more focus on antique objects and lighting. A narrow island features a “captain’s cut” countertop bump-out that provides extra surface space and function in the relatively small kitchen.