Today we are taking a tour through the Plymouth! We had such a great time designing this home for a young couple in East Grand Rapids. They requested a classic traditional look that would also feel fresh and young and would be a space for them to live and enjoy with their growing family. The end result was a new traditional design with cozy spaces for quiet evenings and inviting spaces for larger gatherings that we refer to as Everyday USA.
The end result was a new traditional design with cozy spaces for quiet evenings and inviting spaces for larger gatherings that we refer to as Everyday USA.
This house is full of elements that add character and interest. Even in the small front entry, there are a few special details that welcome you to the home and tie the design together. The arched front door, custom baluster and chocolate-y brown doors set the tone. Instead of doing a white or neutral door, the dark tone used here and continued throughout the house is a simple change that adds great impact. Though there wasn’t room for a striking chandelier, the small, flush-mount fixtures add charm. Add in a few pieces of original art and a colorful rug and the entry becomes the perfect space for welcoming guests.
Just off the entry is the cozy powder room, another space where a design element is used to create huge impact. In this case, the wallpaper is the star of the show, bringing fun pattern and color that tie into the rug just outside. Because of the impact of the wallpaper, not much else is needed. A dark cabinet is a nice contrast with the light background of the paper and the wood-framed mirror brings some texture to the space.
The office is a safe haven at the front of the house, separate from the living and dining spaces. The French doors keep the space feeling like a part of the house, but can also be closed when work needs to be done. The wall of built-ins are both functional and beautiful; the dark brown paint color creates a focal space and gives the space a grounding element. Carrying that same color throughout the room with the trim creates cohesion and gives the space a masculine feel which is balanced with the neutral, textured grasscloth on the walls.
Kitchen, Living, and Dining Rooms
Continuing down the hall from the foyer, you enter into the open living, dining, and kitchen spaces. The cased opening of the living room leaves you feeling as though you can either be part of the activity in the kitchen or be separate enough to enjoy a book or a TV show. The pillows on the living room sofa coordinate with the wallpaper in the powder room, adding to the sense of cohesion in the house. The sky blue backsplash is a nice alternative to the standard white subway tile. While the walls are neutral, pops of navy and soft blue in all three spaces add interest and depth. The neutral walls also serve as a great backdrop to colorful art.
Back of House
The black and white tile floor in the mud room continues into the laundry and pantry and offsets the bright blue cabinets. The back entry is the perfect spot to have a little fun with tile, wallpaper, cabinets or all three! The aviary wallpaper in the laundry adds a touch of whimsy. Instead of the shutters being painted to match the trim, they are the same color as the walls, adding an element of design to a functional piece.
Lower Level Bar
Moving into the lower level of the home, the family room is open to the bar and game area. The bar has dark cabinets that are set off by the brass and mirror accents and serves as the perfect spot to grab a drink before sitting down to watch a game.
The guest bath is a space with no natural light, so the white tile keeps it feeling light and keeping the permanent element of tile neutral allows for a great pop of patterned wallpaper.
Lower Level Bedroom
Finishing off the lower level is a bedroom with a bold, upholstered headboard and blue-gray walls creating a haven for guests. Though you see color, the mainstays of the room are neutral, which allows for an easy transition down the road if you want to redecorate.
We hope you enjoyed our tour of the Plymouth and our Everyday USA design;
classic, clean, casual and inviting.