Eclectic, Exuberant Home Boasts a Playful Vibe

A young and an energetic family needs a functional, fashionable home that supports their lifestyle and bubbly personality, and this now-modern, boho-inflected house is just the thing. Crisp, functional black and white pieces share space with playful details and bursts of bold yellow.

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo By: Allegra Anderson Photography

Bold Black Island With Bamboo Stools Makes a Statement in Classy Kitchen

A bold black island topped in white is paired with bamboo stools with black-and-white seats in this fun and energetic kitchen. The pantry door is painted black, as are the window frames, lending contrast to the white millwork and white Shaker-style cabinetry that keeps the room open and bright. A trio of subtle, frosted-glass pendants attend the island.

BEFORE: Kitchen Layout

The kitchen before redesign was not intuitively configured.

Kitchen Spanning Island Offers Room for Food Prep and Sampling

A long central island in black and white spans the redesigned kitchen, with room for seating on one side and a work space on the other. Three frosted pendants provide attractive living light, and the warm subway wall tile complements the hardwood floors.

BEFORE: Kitchen Island

The kitchen before redesign had a funky zigzag island and a picture window hogging the space.

Brick Tile Wall Sets Off Stainless Range Hood in Sharp Black-and-White Kitchen

The sharp black-and-white kitchen now utilizes a pair of windows to bookend the range, providing ample light with maximum style. Fun bamboo stools with woven black-and-white seats attend the large kitchen island.

Black-and-White Open-Concept Kitchen Flows Into Attractive Dining

The open-concept kitchen seamlessly flows into dining, delineated by the transition from the warm subway backsplash to white painted walls. Overhead lights also define space, with the kitchen's central trio of pendants and the rectangular chandelier over the dining area. The lighting design in this home is modern and subtle.

Apron-Front Sink Is Stylish in Stainless Steel

A black faucet services the apron-front stainless-steel sink on the large working island. Black cabinet hardware is used on the island base, and the stainless appliances elsewhere in the kitchen are the room's grounding features.

BEFORE: Dining Room

The dining room before redesign made poor use of the space.

Distinctive Dining Area in Delicate Blue Accents

The lovely dining area is perfectly defined by a rectangular light-wood table. Wood chairs in a pale blue fabric accompany the table and assemblage is overseen by a modern rectangular chandelier. Light spills into the space from oversized windows framed in black, with black curtain hardware and flowing curtains in a natural fabric.


The entry before redesign had space but no style, and lacked useful storage for a growing family.

Classy Entryway Offers Attractive Storage

The foyer is reimagined as an entryway and mudroom combo for the clients' growing family. A black six-locker cabinet provides storage in style with room for coats, backpacks, shoes and more.


The entry and its closet before redesign were cramped and underutilized.

Entry Provides an Enthusiastic and Cheerful Welcome

The redefined entry is filled with personality, and features a foyer and mudroom combination that the designers saw as essential for the clients' growing family. A repurposed church pew painted in a lively yellow lends a pop of color beneath a gallery wall of family photos, tying in with the stairwell display. A black six-locker cabinet provides ample space for stashing coats, shoes, bags and backpacks.

Entry Features Gallery Wall With Bright Yellow Bench

The white-walled entry is filled with personality and pop, with black architectural accents complementing a delightful yellow bench under a uniform cluster of family photos. The designers explain their process, "To customize a gallery wall on a budget, both of the gallery walls (one in the mudroom and the other cascading the stairs) were used from frames on Amazon and black-and-white prints from Walmart. The storage bench featured here is an old repurposed church pew found by a friend and painted to work with the home's color palette."

BEFORE: Living Room

The living room before redesign needed pizzazz.

Charcoal Shiplap Fireplace a Statement in the Living Room

The living room's floor-to-ceiling fireplace in charcoal shiplap and light brick subway tile offers bold counterpoint to the white walls and vaulted ceiling and is a familiar design element from the kitchen walls and island. Natural fabrics in mustard and gray calmly invigorate the space.

Sundrenched Study Functions Beautifully in White

The white-and-gray study makes the most of the light spilling in from the black-framed window. Attractive built-in cabinets grace the back wall. A minimalist desk with a pair of white chairs with light wood legs are complemented by the natural roller shade and white window casing.

Study Rear Wall Is a Custom Built-In Bookcase

This bright and airy study features a custom built-in bookcase spanning the entire back wall, with open shelving above and a light wood counter atop attractive face-framed cabinets below. The natural roller shade, throw rug and wood legs of the desk and chair coordinate in warmth without reducing light.

Minimalist Primary Bedroom Promises Cheery Comfort

The primary bedroom offers comfort in style, honoring the blacks, grays and whites — and lively yellow — of the rest of the home in a minimalist motif. A pair of black wall sconces watch over midcentury nightstands and a white bed-spanning bench holds all the favorite reading.

Primary Bedroom in Gray, Black and White an Understated Beauty

A subtle tray ceiling in a beautiful gray and a natural barndoor with inset mirror and black hardware are attractive architectural features chosen for the primary bedroom. A yellow velvet bench and throw pillows add cheer while the overall mood is soothing and casual.

BEFORE: Primary Bathroom

The primary bathroom before redesign didn't come close to making the cut. Every ounce of space in this bathroom would be cleverly utilized for clients who had recent experience of living in a house with no storage.

Cement Tile Lays Elegant Groundwork in Beautiful Primary Bathroom

An elegant cement tile floor in an arabesque pattern and a tasteful gray mosaic for the shower floor harmonize against clean white walls in the primary bathroom. The glass shower was designed to accommodate a 6'5" former footballer who desired extra space for maximum comfort. A white-topped custom double vanity in light wood, clawfoot tub and separate water closet complete the spa treatment.

Custom Vanity Provides Storage in Style in Primary Bathroom

The gorgeous custom vanity provides two sinks and abundant storage below with additional cabinetry above. A separate water closet allows for privacy. Classic and streamlined, the redesigned bathroom excels in both utility and style.

Clawfoot Tub a Classic Touch in Modern Primary Bathroom

A clawfoot tub in the primary bathroom adds a graceful, vintage touch to the modern space. Black-framed windows and black bath faucet balance the white walls and porcelain. The clawfoot-tub request from the client serves two roles: as a personal retreat and a place to comfortably bathe her young children.

Bold Pattern and Color Honor the Occupant in Cheerful Child's Bedroom

This child's room honors the personality of its occupant: bold, adventurous, active and fun-loving. The exterior wall's cedar shingle painted in Sherwin Williams' Dressy Rose contributes both levity and dimension, and calmly underlies the assertive fuchsia and black furnishings. A pop of yellow ties the room in with the rest of the home.

Cedar Shingle Wall Adds Even More Interest to Active Child's Bedroom

Bold patterns and colors predominate in this personality-filled child's bedroom. Rose-painted cedar shingles add interest to the window wall, and a selection of colorful artwork graces the rest. The bohemian space created is timeless enough to transition a fun-loving toddler into tweendom.

Colorful Artwork Features in Bedside Gallery Cluster

A bedside gallery displays colorful artwork in this young person's bedroom, with some of the bedroom's predominant hues represented within. A simple black metal headboard serves as backdrop for a showcase of boho pillows. A simple white midcentury nightstand with gold pulls whispers to a bureau relative across the room.

Black-and-White Bathroom Oozes Character and Charm

Encaustic tile flooring and a light wood console vanity make a handsome statement in a classic black-and-white bathroom. Black industrial-style gooseneck wall sconces and the black toilet alcove back wall are a dramatic departure from the white walls.

Male Child's Bathroom Is Classy and Distinctive

This attractive bathroom is unrecognizable from its former identity — an unused space in a dormer closet adjacent to the older child's bedroom. Familiar design details in the yellow accents and black-and-white palette provide continuity with the home but the room retains its own personality. The designer explains: "I wanted each bathroom to be unique but speak for the people that use it. This bathroom, for example, has more of a geometric pattern on the flooring, perfect for a boy's room. Considering he was the only male child, it was important that his space be separated."

Relax In Nature in Wild Child's Bedroom

An outdoorsy child feels perfectly at home in this colorful bedroom with natural sensibilities. A lavender accent wall is creatively trimmed with boxwood panels and additional small planters adorn honeycomb accent shelves, pulling the greenery into the room.

Midcentury Furnishings and Medium Hues Define a Child's Cheery Bedroom

A simple white bureau and black metal bedframe ground this child's bedroom, allowing the color and texture on the walls and fabrics to enliven the space. A more subdued take on the familiar yellow peppered throughout the home is found in a comfy midcentury corner chair.

Cement Floor Contributes Charming Personality in Young Person's Bathroom

A beautiful custom vanity works double-time in this young person's bathroom designed for two. Classically attired in white and black, the room is kept peppy with gorgeous cement tile floors and pops of yellow. The designers intended that each bathroom in this lovely home speak to the people who use it.

High-Contrast Palette Promises a Timeless Touch in Young Person's Bathroom

The niche backs and floor of this elegant white shower are finished in a gray honeycomb mosaic, a natural pairing with the floral-patterned encaustic floor tile. A glossy white subway tile is used for the shower walls, and a half wall provides privacy for the toilet alcove.

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