This “Happy Moody” Craftsman Home Is A Vintage Lover’s Dream (We Can’t Stopping Starring At This Kitchen)

When a house and a house owner(s) discover their good match, you’ll be able to inform. There’s a visual vitality that each are there to take care of and shield one another. I feel that is very true with outdated houses. And look, generally an outdated house is simply too far gone – too many owners earlier than both weren’t in a position to correctly take care of it whereas others made fast, fashionable fixes that merely didn’t pay respect to the unique construction. Immediately we have now a contented story. A narrative of a younger household who was in love with their fantastic 1910 craftsman, desirous to protect as a lot of it as attainable whereas needing to replace for contemporary residing.

Once I was pitched this mission by the unimaginable Jamie Haller (keep in mind this craftsman she and her husband restored?) I used to be blown away. In that earlier submit, I known as them the “soul keepers” and child, that title stays intact. As we transfer by means of this house you’ll not solely get to take in an nearly infinite pool of classic particulars however see how with cautious and considerate design decisions, outdated and new can superbly coexist. I feel that for those who love this “comfortable moody” type there are some key components you’ll be able to incorporate into your house. However first, let’s hear the way it all started and the most important challenges Jamie confronted.

What was the dialog concerning the colour palette and magnificence along with your consumer? Did they’ve a method they stated they particularly needed or did they simply need you to lean into the type of the house and run with it?

Jamie: “The course was to embrace the authenticity of the house and create a contemporary and purposeful house that impressed them.”

Ah, the magic phrases for a historic home-loving designer, proper? However earlier than we get into the extra in depth components of the renovation let’s have some enjoyable dissecting why the residing and eating rooms are so particular and why they nail the “comfortable moody” type.

First, let’s take concerning the selection of white paint. Jamie was instructed by the house owner that they needed to maintain it a hotter shade which was completely the precise name. It really works with the darkish heat woods within the room and makes it really feel brighter however nonetheless cozy. Then to herald that depth, it’s all concerning the patterns. Discover the scales all fluctuate, bouncing your eye round however all are in darker moody tones in order that they don’t really feel too overwhelming.

HOT TIP: Including a vibrant decor piece that works along with your established darker colour palette, like that yellow desk lamp with the burgundy shade, will assist to deliver out these colours elsewhere making the whole lot pop slightly extra.

One other pillar of this look is classic decor and florals. When classic items have ornamental components in darker metals and wooden tones it provides a cool playfulness. And naturally florals, whether or not in textiles, artwork, or precise actual flowers, additionally add a wanted vitality/joyfulness for a moody house.


Talking of florals, this wallpaper by Home of Hackney was a extremely necessary ingredient to Jamie as a result of it was meant to be a connector to the kitchen by way of type and colours. She introduced a number of wallpapers in reference to a kitchen palette and this was the one all of them selected.

Clearly, a ravishing selection. What I additionally love is the usage of a lightweight (however not vibrant white) linen curtain and a classic heat white tablecloth. It gently lightens the house to maintain the vibe cozy and never too darkish.

Chandelier (classic)

Right here’s a greater view of how the sunshine linens spotlight the sunshine tones within the rug and the wallpaper. And what’s all the time necessary to recollect when designing a classic house is to nonetheless incorporate trendy decor items to assist visible steadiness. Additionally they simply add an inherent freshness. You possibly can see that in motion with these trendy vases which have been positioned on the again built-in. Distinction is all the time necessary:)

I needed to embody this shot as a result of simply take a look at all that authentic woodwork. It’s so gorgeous!!

However now it’s time to speak about this house’s lovely kitchen renovation…

Cupboard Shade | Pendant | Faucet | Countertop Materials (soapstone)

Jamie: “For the kitchen, there have been a few authentic cupboards within the room, and we knew we needed to make use of that as a North Star. I additionally needed there to be a colour relationship between the eating room and kitchen. I needed the glimpse of the kitchen on the eating desk to have a connection to a wallpaper we’d use in there. I needed the house to inform a narrative as you went room to room.”

The unique cabinetry she spoke of is that enormous built-in. Its specialness remained intact due to all of the love and care that was put into it. Jamie defined what it took to deliver this magnificence again to life:

Jamie: “The kitchen had a number of authentic cupboards within the house, nonetheless the one one price protecting was the massive built-in armoire. It was slightly low and we had the field drawers rebuilt so they’d a clean and tender shut. So many occasions it’s the heavy clunky drawers that kill a classic piece. We corrected that right here. We additionally added stone and wainscot to the piece to tie it into the kitchen circulate.”

This is able to be my dream for my kitchen cupboards. I really like the best way they appear however they’re so heavy, overpainted, and onerous to open. Whereas this isn’t an inexpensive factor to do, in case you have a classic house and may afford to do that, it’ll solely prolong the kitchen’s longevity.

However wait, the opposite cupboards aren’t authentic too? NOPE! The time and care that went into this mission makes my coronary heart so comfortable. Right here’s how she made the brand new cupboards look cohesive:

Jamie: “We did reuse the unique doorways from the cupboards we determined to not maintain. We recut them into new doorways in a brand new field configuration on the sink. We primarily remade new bins for an improved structure, used all of the doorways and authentic items we may, after which fabricated matching doorways as wanted. You possibly can’t actually inform the distinction between the outdated and new at this level.”

One factor I used to be interested by was in the event that they talked about integrating the home equipment, primarily the fridge and dishwasher. It’s no secret that it’s a VERY fashionable factor to do when attending to renovate a kitchen. However Jamie had a case towards it and I agree:

Jamie: “There’s something lovely and industrial about seeing the stainless-steel in such a painted and paneled room, I favored having the home equipment be current and never hidden.”

Wall Tile

I additionally needed to know extra about these candy toe kicks. Making a considerate toe kick is such an impactful option to deliver character and uniqueness. I used to be curious why Jamie determined towards matching the bottom of the built-in with the brand new cupboards. Right here’s what she stated:

Jamie: “I needed one thing playful integrated into the house so incorporating the attractive toe kick was a approach so as to add femininity to the house. The form balanced out the utilitarian really feel of the tongue and groove.”

That’s such a great level! These curves are a ravishing distinction to all the straight strains within the house.

Enjoyable reality about that sconce – From Jamie: “We checked out in all probability 100 sconces for over the range earlier than touchdown on this one. It was really a mix of two completely different sconces, each classic from the period of the house. You wouldn’t consider what number of months we mentioned this sconce. It’s a great factor sourcing classic lights is one in all my favourite issues to do.”

Knobs (related)

You can even see how she integrated another curves with that little peg rail shelf and authentic {hardware} (effectively, as a lot of the unique as attainable). That is when having a consumer that cares a couple of classic house restoration as a lot as you do turns out to be useful…

Jamie: “Half of the {hardware} was there, authentic, and half had been matched. We had a number of knobs and a few lovely butterfly hinges. My consumer really took it as her mission to supply nearly an identical {hardware}. I feel there have been many nights of eBay deep dives concerned.”

Effectively, these late nights most positively paid off. Now let’s speak concerning the lavatory.

So I don’t know the state it was in pre-renovation however I can assure a masterful improve. Now that you simply’ve had a sneak peek let’s dive on in…

As Sara and Bowser will agree, the white subway and black hex tile combine is a traditional. Nonetheless, this white subway tile is slightly further particular on condition that it has that stunning tumbled look all of us love. Additionally, the small scale measurement of the black hex makes it really feel extra authentic and classic.

Nonetheless, what I actually needed to speak about with Jamie was the marble window trim. Whereas technically on development, this can be a trendy use of a traditional materials – which means it’s going to age superbly with this house. Once I requested why they determined to go for it this was her reply:

Jamie: “It was an answer to an issue. The window prolonged into the bathe space a bit and the marble was used as a casing and sill in order that it wouldn’t be broken by water overspray. It got here out so fairly and I ended up loving the element.”

What a present!! Whereas I don’t know the price of doing a stone trim, in case you have extra items from a counter or wish to purchase offcuts from a stone yard, I feel it’s price asking. Such a reasonably element.

One other fairly element? This classic self-importance.

From Jamie: “We needed to make use of a classic piece of furnishings for the lavatory self-importance. There’s a lovely curved form to this one. It was a 1960’s secretary. Not of the period, however lovely strains are lovely strains.”


If us, we’re very happy with mixing classic eras if it feels proper and this self-importance feels proper in right here. All of the classic touches on this lavatory make it unimaginable to not love.

Mattress | Velvet Curtains | Linen Curtains | Shams (now not obtainable)

To complete off this glorious house tour, we have now this glorious bed room. I consider this room simply bought a decor improve however man is it a great one and there are lots of nice type tricks to seize!

I feel this room is a good instance of “comfortable moody”. The partitions are mild and tender whereas the furnishings is darkish and the textiles are colourful however slightly muted. Then for added “happiness” there are florals galore!

As somebody who additionally combined classic nightstands in a bed room design, I really like the playful shapes and the way they’re each darkish however not the identical colour (ps I’m in LOVE with that chair). Then combined with the black wooden mattress, your eye is ready to bounce across the completely different darkish tones and shapes with out getting visually overwhelmed.

For the linens, this colour palette is so fairly and the sample scales all fluctuate completely. Additionally they work so effectively collectively as a result of that stable mild cover retains the patterns from touching which additionally provides your eye an opportunity to take all of it in. As for the rug, selecting this one which hones in on the impartial colours of the room in addition to ties within the inexperienced of the curtain makes the entire house really feel splendidly grounded.

In case you couldn’t inform, I really like this house and the way Jamie cared so deeply for it by means of her considerate design. Once I requested if there have been any particular challenges on this mission that is what she stated:

Jamie: “It went fairly easily. I’d say that outdated houses aren’t easy. Determining which elevation of the wall to make use of the place these cupboards and closets had been was difficult. Speaking the marginally difficult cupboard design, utilizing outdated authentic doorways as materials isn’t what cupboard makers are used to so it may be difficult to get folks to work exterior of their consolation zones. However they killed it! They did an incredible job and it was additionally refreshing to know we reused a lot of what was authentic within the house.”

They utterly killed it and goes to point out how a lot time and experience goes right into a kitchen restoration like this. I hope all your design tanks are full for as we speak and if “Comfortable Moody” is your design type and also you had been needing some inspiration I additionally hope this helped! In case you don’t already comply with Jamie you might be lacking out. Earlier than I depart you listed below are some earlier than and afters of the kitchen:)

In case you had been additionally questioning what was that small door on the precise used for…

Jamie: “There was some storage of varied depths alongside that wall, some extraordinarily deep, assume a very deep growth closet, and a few extraordinarily shallow.  There’s a corridor closet on the opposite facet of the wall, in addition to an workplace. A few of the house was given again to the corridor closet so it wouldn’t be lifeless house.”

Okay, now I’m performed:)

Love you, imply it.

*Design by Jamie Haller
**Images by Jenna Peffley

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