Today, Bryn, the lovely and talented blogger and interior designer will be letting us in on what her dream house would look like. I love so many of the rooms she’s chosen and there are even a few I had never seen before. Enjoy!
I am so excited to be a part of Paloma's Dream Home Series. I have been saving pictures of my "dream home" for years and years. It's been a challenge picking my favorites, but a lot of fun :)
When it comes to what I like in homes, it's definitely a mix of California and Southern. Right after college I moved to California and fell in love with the casual, sunny homes there. Then I moved to Charlotte and fell in love the Southern charm here. So my "dream home" is a good mix of the two.
My dream home has a modest front exterior. Nothing too grand or overwhelming:
However, I wouldn't mind if the back exterior was a bit more grand. I am in love with this backyard... especially the large windows and the beautiful garden (as long as I didn't have to take care of it.. I have a black thumb!)
I adore outdoor living areas. This one is perfect with the white floors, the furniture and the screens (a must if we're living in the South):
My husband loves to grill (and is very good at it), so it's a dream of ours to have an outdoor grill/kitchen area like this:
I also get cold very easily, so the fireplace would get used often.
The most important feature I look for in a home is sunlight. So naturally, my dream home would have tons and tons of windows. The front door would open to a bright, open foyer with dark hardwoods and a round table. I've always been drawn to this one:
I'd love to have a kitchen that looked just like this, but I'd make mine much more open and add a large island.
source: Katie Ridder
It would have a large wall of steel windows/door like this:
source: William Hefner
There would be a dark, moody dining room with super comfortable chairs so guests can lounge all evening long.
The "formal" living room would be neutral and elegant but still cozy. Any white furniture would be slipcovered so I wouldn't have a heart attack if any future kids spilled on it. I like neutral formal living rooms because during Christmastime they really let the tree and decorations steal the show (and I LOVE Christmastime).
source: Trad Home
The family room would be more colorful (but not too colorful.. I'm somewhat of a neutral nelly) with personal art and photographs on the wall. There would be a huge sectional where we could all lounge on and watch tv together as a family. This one from Lonny would fit the bill!
From the viewpoint of the camera in this room, there would be a BIG flat screen TV to please my husband :)
We would also have a cozy den like this one, with walls upholstered in linen. It'd be a great retreat to go to after our future kids go to bed:
source: House Beautiful
I would love a master bedroom just like this, dark and personal:
And a cozy, personal master bath to match:
There would be a pretty, neutral and calming guest bedroom:
In this dream house, we'd have a couple kids running around. Here are some of my favorite kids' rooms:
Source: Lucy & Co
And my favorite kid's playroom:
Source: Kristen Panitch
A pink office for my interior decorating business:
Source: India Hicks
Thank you so much, Paloma, for letting me share my dream home!!