After residing in Los Angeles for 18 years, this stunning Victorian farmhouse was the house that lured Jennifer Muirhead and her household again to the East Coast, location of many fashionable farmhouse model properties.
‘It was crucial to us to keep up the historic integrity of the house, stripping again a number of the layers from over the previous few many years, but we didn’t need it to really feel like a museum,‘ says Jennifer, founding father of Jennifer Muirhead Interiors (opens in new tab). ‘We’ve a younger daughter and a canine, so we wanted it to be sensible as properly. I seemed to a number of English decorators for inspiration because the English are masterful at marrying previous and new.‘
Jennifer was eager to honor the house’s historical past and generations of earlier house owners whereas placing her personal mark on it. ‘Ultimately, we felt we succeeded in that,‘ she says. ‘The home even began to really feel like one other member of the family in a manner.‘
To make sure the screened-in porch felt like one other room in the home and never only a summer-only patio, Jennifer launched a mixture of each indoor and outside items. ‘We use it 9 months out of the yr as a result of it’s simply so comfy, and is the very best spot to look at a rainstorm.‘
Jennifer describes the inside model as ‘California English‘ as a result of ‘whereas there are positively basic English nation parts, there are little moments of mid century fashionable right here and there that mirror our 18 years in Los Angeles.‘
Her front room concepts epitomize this mix. The leaping off level was the floral Pyne Hollyhock material material by Schumacher, which Jennifer has all the time beloved. ‘Nancy Pyne, its namesake, lived not too far down the highway from us so it felt acceptable,‘ she says. Grey swivel chairs and a Tulip Desk inject a mid century contact.
Jennifer was eager to include the unique flooring wherever doable. ‘After we pulled up the flooring within the eating room, nonetheless, we found there had been a hearth at one level and so we had to make use of some reclaimed wooden from an previous railroad station in New York.‘
Her eating room concepts included making a basic scheme with a customized eating desk made in England and an vintage John Opie portray, which was an opportunity discover in a neighborhood vintage store. Juxtaposition was launched with the assertion Julie Neill gentle fixture.
‘The den is the unanimous favourite room,‘ says Jennifer. ‘Everybody loves the moody inexperienced grasscloth partitions and rustic woodwork across the fire. There are additionally so many bushes and bushes simply exterior the home windows that it’s the right birdwatching room.‘ The Brook Perdigon material on the Romans shades references the birds exterior.
Jennifer’s key requirement for this room was an unlimited couch that the household might all pile onto and nonetheless seemed nice, so she opted for a basic English roll arm model in an off white to elevate the scheme.
The interval really feel of this room was enhanced by changing the present basin with a Victorian model pedestal and unlacquered brass Waterworks fixtures that appear like they’ve all the time been there. Jennifer says she by no means tires of Cole & Son’s Nuvolette wallpaper, which creates a dramatic backdrop within the area.
Main bed room
The sunshine within the major bed room is dreamy and moody, so bed room concepts centered on a palette in step with these emotions – lotions, taupes, grays, sages and blues. Jennifer additionally included what felt like a nod to a different native legend, Sister Parish, with a Parish Hadley print on the material.
As a result of the dressing room is off the first, Jennifer pulled out the sage colour from it, intensifying it in order that it associated to the first however can also be its personal distinct area.
A spherical skirted desk was a should as quickly as Jennifer noticed the area. This practice one is produced from a Colefax and Fowler linen with a Samuel & Sons fringe.
Visitor bed room
Vintage wooden fixtures provides to the nation really feel within the visitor bed room whereas injecting cosy tones. Partitions in Gentle Blue by Farrow & Ball create a chilled backdrop.
Visitor bed room
The tones from the Manuel Canovas material are teased out to create a colourful bed room scheme.
Visitor rest room
One among Jennifer’s rest room concepts was to make use of a reasonably blue and ivory William Morris print on the partitions. ‘It was designed the identical yr that the home was constructed, however manages to look so recent and fashionable,‘ she says.
House workplace concepts included portray the complete attic room in China White by Benjamin Moore. From a sensible perspective, it is a good backdrop for all the swatches that Jennifer is consistently taking a look at for work, plus it enhances the sunshine and vibrant really feel.
‘My husband’s workplace is the “his” model of mine,‘ says Jennifer. ‘We left the wooden untouched right here so it felt distinct from mine.‘
Jennifer created a window nook in her husband’s workplace. ‘Our problem on this area was discovering items that match by means of the slender previous doorways and up the attic staircase,‘ she says.
Inside design/ Jennifer Muirhead Interiors (opens in new tab)
Styling/ Deirdre King
Images/ Raquel Langworthy