The pairing of unexpected elements — eccentric art above a traditional console, an heirloom sofa beside a sleek walnut armoire — defines designer Stephanie Houghton’s home. Get her tips for mixing styles and eras in your own space.
The main floor is open-concept, so Stephanie divided the space with a tall mirror that visually separates the dining area from the living room. Mid-century modern furniture looks at home next to Victorian pieces and exotic prints, while bold pieces of artwork decorate the walls. Stephanie updated the kitchen with playful wallpaper to give it a jolt of energy on a tight budget. The family room gets tons of natural light, so Stephanie reflected that in the decor to create a bright and airy space. Floor-to-ceiling mirrored closets adds sparkle to the master bedroom, while the cool colors continue into the bathroom for a soothing place to unwind.
I love that she mixed modern art & decor in a very trad space.
she's definitely gotta have money though, because unless it was lent or gifted to her, that Graham Gilmore art piece in the dining area (the piece with all the words), is easily in the $7,500-$30,000 price range. !
The art in this home makes me feel anxious and frantic; however, I do not live in that home. Art can be changed. The choice of light fixtures, furniture, and kitchen cabinets can be changed. I like the bones of the home, but the design leaves much to be desired. If I were a guest in that home, I would definitely think she wanted me to leave. Not a comforting space starting with the portrait of a screaming child. Uncomfortable space all around for me.
This design style is called eclectic which I call "kitchen sink", common to residential projects. The idea of course is to professionally please the client so you get money and referrals. Sometimes it is why you decline viewing the ugly baby pictures.
Is the crying girl painting taken from an old photo of herself right before her parents caved and gave her ice cream? That's the only way I can make sense of it - like a reminder to self to keep demanding what she wants because it has always worked for her in the past. Still doesn't make me want to hang out at her place but less creepy than thinking she just likes seeing kids cry.
. . .i do have to add though, that the art used here would never find its way into my home. its like they tried too hard to make it unique but failed miserably. i do however appreciate the concept-the idea of mixing styles and making a home artsy and almost gallery-like. ..that crying girl piece though.. ugh. no. ...and the kitchen would have been a lot better if either the light went or the cabinets went. having the both of them together is just an eyesore. ...and do not get me started on that bathroom...if i had to rate this (1 being terrible, 5 being awesome), i'd give the concept itself a 5. 👍 but the decor used, a sad little 1.5. 👎...but what do i know? ..to each their own i suppose.
I VAGUELY like this. And it did feel like the whole thing was made on a limited budget. And, then transferred into this to make it feel completely exclusive&pricy. and I guess you have to take it in an art perspective.
"Comfortable " yet she has a big art piece of a child crying, that alone would make me want to leave and it doesn't even complement anything in the room. A room is supposed to make you feel inviting, this house makes me angry lol.
you didn't wanna take your kitchen seriously? that is the heart of a home .and the biggest money maker when you wanting to sale. then you said you wanted to have fun with it. to me it's not fun at all those white cabinets makes that small kitchen look even smaller and that awful lighting over the kitchen looks like they forgot to put those red cords in maybe you should take a different approach with that kitchen. everything else looks nice though.
Furniture and placement -- wonderful. Crying girl painting -- not so much. Washboards and Keep Calm posters -- cheesy.
Kitchen is a little antiseptic for my tastes, and I liked the bathroom 'before,' though the the mirror over the commode is nice.
I'm not sure what to think of that one sad art of the two couple. Waking up every morning first thing you see that is depressing, not a good start of the day to see that..almost like reminding you how depressing life is. Idk what is she thinking put that one piece of art up facing to the bed.
Hmm. Not really sure what to think about this house. I love parts and pieces, and I like a mix of modern and traditional (not sure that I would call it tension as she does, but more of a balance). But I feel sad that this Victorian home has no Victorian charm. Not even the tiniest bit. I know she said it had already been stripped of its character, but some traditional character could have been re-infused. As it is, it's totally suffering an identity crisis, and to me, that's the real conflict. The kitchen is off. The up-cycled florescent lamp and jumbled extension cord is just gross. And stripping the beautiful fixtures from the master bath was a travesty. Also, the art throughout the home was just meh, and in some cases less than meh. The living/dining area was my favorite, as it seemed to do the traditional meets modern better than any of the other rooms, but overall it's a confusing statement.
Personality??? It's an all white minimal kitchen.
Organic red nest of cords??? You mean tangled electrical cords.
A driftwood piece that wants to be industrial??? You mean an old distressed chest of drawers.
@Dixie I have two biological children and opened my home to the others. Best years of my life, but do not want to see a child in distress every time I pass through my home. Consider gathering factual data before spewing opinions.
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