A Cool Ranch House

This Florida couple used an eye-popping mix of patterns and colors to turn their 1965 home into the hippest spot on the block. HGTV Magazine takes you on a tour.
By: Jessica Dodell-Feder and Jennifer Berno DeCleene

Photo By: Zach DeSart (Styled by Liz Strong)

Photo By: Zach DeSart (Styled by Liz Strong)

Photo By: Zach DeSart (Styled by Liz Strong)

Photo By: Zach DeSart (Styled by Liz Strong)

Photo By: Zach DeSart (Styled by Liz Strong)

Photo By: Zach DeSart (Styled by Liz Strong)

Photo By: Zach DeSart (Styled by Liz Strong)

Photo By: Zach DeSart (Styled by Liz Strong)

Making It Modern

Although Erin and Sheldon Bryan loved the sprawling layout of the ranch home they bought last year, they didn’t love its stuck-in-the-’60s decor. “It had awful wallpaper, and the floors were either heinous carpet or wood that felt hollow when you walked on it,” says Erin. With three kids (Crichton, 14; Hendley, 10; and Byrdie, 8), four dogs, and two cats, the Bryans knew a down-to-the-studs reno was out of the question, so they focused on what they could update fast. That meant fresh paint, new wide-plank hardwood floors, and a not-for-the-faint-of-heart mix of graphic prints devised by local designer Andrew Howard. “Everywhere you look there’s a pop of something fun,” says Erin.


Bright white paint and a gray door (Meeting House White and Elegant Charcoal, both by Glidden) freshened up the classic one-story house.

Living Room

Since it’s visible from the entry, Erin wanted the fireplace to make a statement. “I thought about hanging some artwork, but Andrew convinced me to make the fireplace itself the art,” says Erin. A pattern of stenciled triangles gives the painted brick a tile-like look. It also anchors other pattern-happy pieces, including drapes made from Mark Alexander fabric. The sofas are covered in indoor/outdoor fabric—a solid navy by Pindler and a fun check by Christopher Farr—and piled with pillows. Indigo starburst-print fabric by RP Miller jazzes up this Palecek armchair made of rattan and rope.

Living Room

Built-in cabinets in the living area hold the stereo system. Originally painted brown, they’re now a vivid blue (Van Deusen Blue by Benjamin Moore). The striped painting is from Leftbank Art.

Dining Room

The dining space—which Erin usually reserves for parties—also got its own lively pattern mix: a geometric West Elm rug, shibori pillows, and a block-print tablecloth from Mrs. Howard, a chain of stores owned by Andrew’s family. Erin got the table from friends who import furniture from Argentina, and the chairs are from Mrs. Howard. An Arteriors Home chandelier highlights the vaulted ceilings.

Crichton’s Room

“People can’t believe she can sleep in here, it’s so bright,” says Erin of her teenage daughter’s room. “But she loves it.” Diamond-print wallpaper by Lee Jofa establishes the electric pink color scheme, and all-white furniture (a DucDuc bed and Bungalow 5 side tables) helps calm everything down.

Hendley’s Room

With only one small window, little sis Hendley’s room could have felt closed in, but a Technicolor combo of turquoise MissPrint wallpaper, a green-and-white PBteen rug, and a rainbow PBteen duvet cover cheer it up. “Our kids are full speed, and so is this room,” says Erin.

Byrdie’s Room

For her son’s bedroom, Erin chose a boyish palette of navy and apple red. The family had the stacked bunk beds, outfitted in Serena & Lily sheets and pillows from High Fashion Home, in their old house. All the frame needed was a fresh coat of paint (Currant Red by Benjamin Moore). The striped rug is from PBteen.

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