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