There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort—at least, that’s what Jane Austen says. I’ll agree with Jane on this one, especially in the case of the Eastwood house. There’s a great deal of comfort to be found here and a considerable amount of care.
Here’s the final product; this is your room-by-room tour. I really hope you like it as much as I do. I’m so happy to share it with you!
Brad (Skipper) and I met a few times to come up with the concept for Eastwood and quickly pulled Brad Northcut, a terrific architect and great neighbor, in on the project. Northcut took our ideas and breathed life into them—turned our sketches into plans.
I am a fool for little details and so I took those plans and tried to add “little things” that would both “make sense” and add character without trying too hard. You know what’s worse than nothing special? I’ll tell you: too much special.
From the front door, there’s an open-concept living and dining space with so much natural light. Never skimp on windows, y’all.
Living Ceiling details and Barn Light Electric lighting.
From the dining space, built in cabinets wired for TV and music. Speakers run through the downstairs entertaining space and on the front and back porches. Music and natural light—you need both of those to be truly happy in a space. And maybe a dog—yes, I’d say you’ll need a dog if you live here.
I’m pleased with the kitchen—I could cook a hundred meals here without a single complaint. I love the way the base cabinets turned out, such a nice anchor to tile walls and white space. And, my dear friend Dave at Community Tables built a lovely table for the banquet area. I wanted something with casters that could easily double as a serving buffet for dinner parties—I love what he came up with. He is doing such terrific work if you need any custom pieces!
The butlers pantry in the hallway is perfect for hiding, well, junk. You know those pieces you use once or twice a year that take up space? The pieces that you wish you didn’t need but when you need them, you need them. Hide them here. And, The space is finished out with a beverage refrigerator and a custom weathered gray wooden countertop by Dave.
Here’s the downstairs bedroom. It has access to a porch and is situated in the back of the house directly across the hallway from the bathroom—I would use it as the guest bedroom and stash all my people in the upstairs bedrooms. Hide the messes in life, we’re all good at hiding the messes aren’t we? I’d hide my messes upstairs near the laundry room!
Somebody won’t like these stairs. I’m not her.
I’ve been thinking about painted stairs and painted runners for a while and this house seemed to invite the idea. Both staircases (to the upstairs and down to the basement/garage) are painted in this style. I like the way it ties the spaces together and creates some continuity in the design. I used red wall lighting from Barn Light in both stairwells, too.
And, here’s a close up of the lights. I love their school house collection.
The upstairs hallway has an inlaid runner.
The lights in the hallway are also Barn Light. I wanted to use just a touch of red here, so I opted for a red/white chevron cord. It’s possible that nobody would notice but it mattered to me, so I went with it. I think what I most love about designing a space is the opportunity to surprise people. In this little pathway, the floor grabs your attention, then the light fixture, and eventually the red in the cord is noticeable—that’s fine with me. Design and details shouldn’t overwhelm you. If you walk in a space and are overstimulated, you will soon dislike the space. I think it’s unavoidable—you’ll feel cramped. I hope to never make you feel cramped.
The master bedroom is at the top of the stairs.
And, the master bath is entered through a pocket door.
From the porch:
Here’s another upstairs bedroom and the hallway bath.
The second floor is finished off with a laundry room and another bedroom and hall closet. Overall the house has nice storage space and ample attic space. The garage has room for a generous workspace.
And, finally, here’s the back exterior. The patio space turned out wonderfully—fire pit included and still there are southeastern views from the patio making this sweet little spot perfect for entertaining or for just being. Don’t we all need to slow down and “be” a little more?
There’s a little parking spot here to make dragging the groceries in a bit easier—I’m a I-can-carry-it-all-in-one-trip dragger, if that’s you too then know that you were considered in the build of this house.
That’s Eastwood, y’all. It feels so good to be finished. I do hope you like it.