This One-Story House Has Sky-High Style

A couple makes their place big-time chic by starting neutral, then sprinkling color, pattern and glitz. HGTV Magazine gives you an inside look!

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March 28, 2019

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

The House

For years Mandy and Andrew Fisher lived in a traditional two-story house in Portland, OR, with plenty of room for them and their three kids. But when they relocated to Lafayette, CA, they discovered that two-floor homes in the Bay Area were few and far between. No problem: “We liked the idea of everyone being together on one level,” says Mandy. “We just didn’t want to be crashing into one another!”

They settled on a barely updated 1965 ranch house, with big visions for it. First up: blowing out its 2,100 square feet to 3,100. They also created an open common area and raised the low ceilings in the living room, dining room, and master bedroom.

Designer Jeffrey Neve made sure the home’s style was as impressive as the expanded floor plan he helped with. He kept the walls neutral, then brought in sophisticated-yet-simple furniture, revved up accessories, and distinctive lighting. Now their place feels like it’s just the right size, with all the right stuff—even with the addition of two dogs. Says Mandy, “It’s gorgeous and spacious, and we’ve never once missed having a second floor.”

Living Room

This neutral living room from HGTV Magazine is made lively with pops of color. Vaulted ceiling make the entire room feel more spacious.

Kitchen

Shaker-style cabinets painted white (Swiss Coffee by Kelly-Moore) and gray-veined Silestone quartz countertops are timeless, while the graphic terra-cotta tile backsplash by Tabarka Studio is a standout.

“The black-and-white palette makes the pattern not so busy,” says Mandy. Turned legs and an espresso stain give the island—home to 7-year-old Vivian’s Play-Doh marathons—the look of freestanding furniture. The stools are from Arteriors Home.

Dining Room

A grand ceiling calls for a glorious fireplace. The Fishers had the original brick one re-covered in stone veneer; the mantel is made from an old fence that was on the property.

“It’s important to us to keep the spirit of the home alive,” says Mandy. She loves how the clear chairs by Zuo that surround the table play off the glass chandelier by Robert Abbey. A lively teal rug from Uttermost (almost) steals the show.

Bar Area

Tucked between the kitchen and the dining room lies this posh bar setup, an Andrew request. “I told him, ‘This is your 5 feet, but that’s all you get!’” Mandy jokes.

He does share a little—the fridge holds seltzers and other kid-friendly pours. The cabinets, in the same finish as the island, have brass hardware by Manzoni. For vintage flair, designer Jeffrey added a mottled mirror backsplash and a display of old liquor bottles.

Master Bedroom

Curvy blue lamps, a linen-upholstered bed frame from Stanley Furniture, and a teal leather-upholstered bench from overstock.com glam it up—yet Mandy also wanted a laid-back vibe that said, “Let’s all get in bed and watch a movie.” (It’s a Sunday-night family tradition.) That’s why she went with mismatched but compatible nightstands; the 100-year-old table on the right belonged to Andrew’s grandma. The cozy bedding is from Pottery Barn.

Bathroom

“There’s no window in here, so we added a large mirror, though this space still needed excitement,” says Mandy. That explains the bold geometric wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries and a light fixture from Crystorama that brings the ooh la la overhead. A dark wood vanity with a traditional-style bronze faucet balances them out.

Vivian’s Bedroom

The way to win a lavender-loving 7-year-old’s heart: with a sweet shade on the walls and lilac dotted curtains from PBteen. The trundle bed from Stanley Furniture is practically made for sleepovers…or reading The Baby-sitters Club books at bedtime. For even more pretty power, Mandy chose a delicate floral-inspired capiz shell light from Pottery Barn.

Mudroom

Aiming for a stylish drop spot that didn’t seem the least bit like a dumping ground, Mandy painted the door black (Black Bay by Dunn-Edwards) and the built-ins white. Wire baskets hold sports equipment and doggy gear. The bar-height desk is equally comfy for sitting or standing, though, says Mandy, “with three kids, I’m never there long enough to sit down!”

Front Yard

“From the start we knew we’d want to spend a lot of time on the front patio,” says Mandy. Most weekends she and Andrew chill around the firepit and watch the kids bike and ride scooters on their street. The wood trellis they added offers shade on sunny days; a bench from Design Within Reach makes room for visitors.

"Our patio is super social. When we’re here, someone always stops by to say hi," says Mandy.

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