DE­SIGN

Ex­pres­sive home de­sign doesn’t al­ways re­quire ma­jor-league re­place­ments. Take a les­son from this home, which tweaks some of to­day’s trends.

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Twists to seven trends that will en­sure your home doesn’t look typ­i­cal.

It can be tricky to keep a pop­u­lar style from veer­ing toward same old, same old. When plan­ning their Mill Val­ley, CA, home, Jen and Lenny Hochschild were drawn to coun­try farm­houses, in­clud­ing white kitchens, “but we didn’t want it to look like ev­ery other kitchen,” Jen says. “We said, ‘Let’s do some­thing dif­fer­ent.’” That mantra held true through the whole-house de­sign, guided by ar­chi­tect Heidi Richard­son and de­signer Jen­nifer Tid­well. They rethought con­ven­tional floor plan la­bels and re­freshed fa­mil­iar styles in each room. In­te­rior de­signer Al­li­son Bloom com­pleted the spaces with fur­nish­ings and fab­rics cho­sen for com­fort and flex­i­bil­ity.

1 RE­VAMP THE USUAL BACKSPLASH

Sub­way tile is a proven kitchen win­ner. To up­date the choice, pick a color other than white. The Hochschilds dialed up the style with inky glazed bricks (Grove Brick­works in Naval Deep Blue; wa­ter­works.com).

2 EL­E­VATE THE DE­SIGN OF

SIM­PLE SHELVES

Float­ing shelves look built in when they ex­tend wall to wall and mount onto blind sup­ports rather than

vis­i­ble brack­ets. Jen likes the vin­tage fla­vor her flea mar­ket finds give the break­fast area.

3

BRING BOLD

COLOR IN­SIDE

The same trick that boosts curb ap­peal can lift the mood in­doors. Paint both sides (and the edges) of a door a lively

color as the Hochschilds did to this Dutch door on a

side en­trance.

4

MAKE YOUR

FRONT YARD FEEL

LIKE A

DES­TI­NA­TION

It’s nat­u­ral to think of the back­yard as the place where all the fun hap­pens. But don’t over­look the po­ten­tial in front. A wide walk­way, low plant­ings, and ab­sence of rail­ings con­nect this porch with the fenced-in yard.

DOOR YEL­LOW HIBIS­CUS 357 BEN­JAMIN MOORE

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