One of the most transformative changes was updating the lighting throughout the house, which Kerry describes as something straight out of “Beauty and The Beast.” Think “old chandeliers with fake candle wax coming down,” Kerry says. “They dangled really low and made the walls feel really short.” All existing lighting was swapped out for chrome-y modern light fixtures, which made a dramatic difference in bringing the house into the present day, and opened up the small rooms. “That was my favorite part of our renovation,” she adds.
Plenty of neutrals and textured fabrics were interspersed throughout the house to give it an open, home-y atmosphere, with well-proportioned furniture making the small rooms feel much bigger. Morse also helped push the couple out of their comfort zone and away from matchy-matchy elements toward artful contrast, like the mismatched metals in the main bathroom and the bolder elements in each of the rooms (including the colorful accent pillows, dark picture frames, and black vases throughout the house).
“Hearing the ideas, at first I thought, I would have never picked these pieces to go together ever,” Kerry says. “But seeing them all in the room all at once, I was like, “Wow, it’s perfect.”
Residents: Ian and Kerry Phillips, plus Ivy the dog
Resident occupations: Real estate manager (Kerry) and investment banker (Ian)
Square feet: 1,741 square feet
Bedrooms/baths: 3 beds / 2 baths
Year built: 1941
Year bought: 2021
Architectural style: early American
Favorite architectural elements: Phone nook in hallway, which provides the home with a charming vintage feel, and the wainscotting in the dining room.
Type of renovations: primary suite shower, new light fixtures throughout, roof, backyard refresh (sod, fence, tree removal), attic stabilization, electrical upgrades
Cost of renovations: $50,000
Contractors: Malone Construction
Interior design style: Mixture of California contemporary and traditional Southern accents
Favorite room, and why: Dining space, because it’s open and flows easily to the back porch
Favorite piece of furniture: Leather chairs in front living room
Favorite outdoor feature: Porch with large, flat backyard
Design consultants: Interior decorator Andi Morse of Morse Design
Resources: Furniture and decor from Four Hands, Dovetail Furniture, Target, West Elm, Article, CB2, Pottery Barn, Noir, and Rowe; light fixtures from Rejuvenation and Lamps Plus; drapes and hardware from Restoration Hardware; rugs from Loloi and Jaipur; art from Art Classics and Artfully Walls
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