Size: 2,700 square feet, four bedrooms, two full and two half-baths
Year built: 1970
Year bought: 2013
Architectural style: Colonial
Favorite architectural elements: Ceiling beams and fireplace in the living room, hardwood floors, slate flooring in the foyer
Interior design style: Transitional with rustic and Southern elements
Design consultant: Lauren Harris Interiors
Favorite interior design elements: The gray and blue color palette, which creates a soothing setting. The homeowners wanted to create a relaxing home for themselves and their guests. "We're a pretty busy family with parenting and working full time," she said. "To me, it's very calming."
Favorite piece of furniture: Spindle chairs in the living room, by DR Kincaid, because of the intricate details in the wood and the upholstery. "They are cozy without sacrificing the overall beauty of the chairs," Renee said.
Favorite outdoor feature: Screened porch
Decor tip: Incorporate special family pieces and paintings to create an "at home" feeling, Renee said. For example, in the living room, they have framed original watercolor paintings purchased on Etsy.com that represent their hometowns (a winding country road in the fall for upstate NY and palm trees for Florida). Another painting depicts John's childhood home in upstate New York.
Resources: Furniture from DR Kincaid, World Market, Aidan Gray, Home Decorators Collection; artwork from Etsy and HomeGoods; lighting from Gabby, Restoration Hardware Baby and Child, Zeugma Import; rugs from Dash & Albert; accessories from HomeGoods, World Market and Hobby Lobby. All Sherwin-Williams paint: Mindful Gray on living room and family room walls; Repose Gray on living room ceiling.