Though we feature some of the prettiest of pretty things up on these pages, I have to say that home tours rank tops in my eyes. I am, admittedly, nosey by nature and it isn’t totally uncommon to find me trying to sneak a quick peek into my fellow neighbours homes. So when I’ve been granted a legitimate invite to take a closer look behind someones front door, my inner design nerd becomes thrilled beyond measure. Designed by Jennifer Laraia and captured by Natalie Watson, I’m completely smitten with this pretty-as-a-peach home. And in case you’re craving more, click here to see the whole gallery!
From Natalie… In 2010 Dan & I photographed Jen and Mike’s wedding which took place in the backyard of the home they had recently purchased. For almost a year Jen & Mike worked day and night to get their house and yard ready for their new life (and the party!) Jen and Mike did most of the work themselves and totally transformed both the inside and outside of their home.
Jen is a trained interior designer and coupled with the experience she had planning her own wedding, she has opened up a full service planning and design studio for events and weddings in the last two years. She is very talented, dedicated, humble and serious about her business.
From Jen… Like most newlyweds, our home has been a labor of love over the past two years. It, of course, came complete with its fair share of problems and lists of endless renovation projects. But it’s special to us for many reasons. It’s my current design studio where I am inspired to work and meet prospective clients. It’s also where we held our wedding last year, so as you can imagine it’s full of memories from that special day.
My goal was to create a home that would grow with us. My design style is mix of antiques and natural materials, which I try to display with contemporary sophistication. I believe that there is a special chemistry created from the juxtaposition of old and new, quirky and sophisticated, rustic and refined.
Photography: Natalie Watson | Design and Styling: Jennifer Laraia Designs | Cabinet Paint: Benjamin Moore, AF-15 Steam | Island Stain: Minwax Dark Walnut | Hardware: Restoration Hardware, Clear Glass Knob and Duluth Pull both in Satin Nickel | Faucet, Glacier Bay Pulldown Kitchen Faucet | Light: CB2, Lumen Pendant Lamp | Tile: Mosaic Tile Blend in Kinetic Khaki