About This Project


This 125 year old house was ready for an update and a repeat client turned to us to infuse her stately new home with her more contemporary style and her favorite color (blue!), while reusing what we could from her previous home.


In the breakfast room, the blue patterned wallpaper kick-started the design. Comfy banquette cushions in a durable blue fabric is a perfect wipeable surface where spills are a risk. Coral pillows in a fun fish pattern add a pop of color and vibrancy to the space. We aren’t afraid of pattern on pattern and neither was our client, as you can see from the way we showcase bold art on the breakfast room walls.


The original wood paneling and coffered ceiling in the living room was gorgeous, but the hero of the room was the brass and glass light fixture that the previous owner installed. We created a seating area around it with comfy chairs perfectly placed for conversation. Being eco-minded in our approach, we love to re-use items whenever possible. The nesting tables and pale blue storage cabinet are from our client’s previous home, which we also had the privilege to decorate. We supplemented these existing pieces with a new rug, pillow and throw blanket to infuse the space with personality and link the colors of the room together.


Much like the traditional wood paneling in the living room, the powder room featured a traditional element, too: a vanity which was pretty, but not our client’s style. Wallpaper with a fresh take on a floral pattern was just what the room needed. A modern color palette and a streamlined brass mirror brought the elements together and updated the space.


In the bedroom, we incorporated a deep rich shade of blue by using wallpaper. Carefully considering which walls to cover in this bold print, we chose to highlight the antique fireplace. Looking closely, you’ll see the watercolor floral wallpaper has a cork-like texture, and birch logs in the fireplace are a nod to that as well. With a statement wallpaper like this one, the other items in the room can be quieter– pale walls, a neutral rug, repurposed dressers let the wallpaper be the star. An upholstered blue bed and blanket also tie back into the blue throughout the home.


Few people love the chore of doing laundry but having a pretty room to do it in certainly helps. A face-lift was all this space needed — newly painted taupe cabinets, an antiqued mirror light fixture and shimmery wallpaper brighten the room and bounce around the light.


Statement pieces bring balance to your space and personality to your home. At down2earth interior design, we’d love to help you find the “hero” in your rooms, too.


Photos by Rebecca McAlpin

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breakfast room, laundry room, living rooms, powder room