It’s rare that a busy couple with two toddlers goes through a move and whole-house update without a nightmarish tale or two, but these Mission Hills homeowners did just that. The combination of a great house, a focused team and a sunny disposition resulted in a bright family-friendly home and new friendships all around.
“We hardly did any renovating,” says the wife of the gracious brick two-story. Hardly any at all, unless you consider a completely new kitchen and master suite. And the transformation of brick porch to masculine home office. These types of projects, even without the redecoration and the two children and the traveling husband, have created many a harried homeowner. But in this case the wife says it was “easy and fun! But we owe a lot of that to Mindy.”
The couple approached interior designer Mindy Day to realize their vision of a bright, relaxed family home that has a lot of style.
“I knew I wanted it to be light and comfortable for our family and still look pretty when we had people over,” says the homeowner. She and Day worked to develop space that capitalized on the generous natural light.
“Decorating isn’t really one of my hobbies,” the wife says. “Our last house had been darker, and I wanted someone to help me with this one. I saw a house on the Kappa house tour and told my sister, ‘That’s who I want to help with my house.’”
She and Day hit it off immediately, and she trusted Day to realize her vision. “I went through books and magazines and showed her pictures,” the wife says. “Eventually she had such a handle on what I liked. It was like mind-reading.”
Day agrees that they were a good match from the beginning.
“These clients are so young and fun. She was open to fresh ideas and wanted to bring a lot of color into the space. It was basically a designer’s dream.”
Custom? Sure! Wallpaper on the ceiling? Yes! The only edict? “It had to be an all white kitchen,” says Day.
The house relies on largely neutral backgrounds and upholstery with doses of bold color. Citrus hues of yellow, green and orange live happily with blues that range from soft aqua to bold turquoise. Crisp geometrics co-exist with blousy florals, and traditional pieces, like the chest in the front hall, live happily next to sleek and modern shapes. Burnished brass and rubbed gold finishes accent each room providing an Old World gleam in a New Age way.
If the liveliness of these colors do evoke a vacation sensibility, Day was careful to provide a textured balance.
“I really wanted that Phillip Jeffries paper in the front hall to add warmth,” she notes.
The husband’s den, a former screened porch, has a warmer, cozier vibe as well. And yes, more masculine, too. The deep club chairs from New Traditionalists call for good friends and generous pours. Leather and cowhide look anything but “cowboy,” providing an updated boy’s club aesthetic.
If Day’s relationship with the couple was an easy one, it was made even better with the addition of contractor Debra Hudacek.
“Deb had worked with my family before,” the homeowner says, “and she’s terrific. She and Mindy both made it so easy. We started right after Christmas a year ago and moved in in August.”
Almost like being on vacation.
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