This tour had us at gorgeously styled shelfie. The built in shelves and all the little vignettes tucked inside are pure perfection. Meet the home of Doreen Corrigan. Along with Studio McGee's help in the living room, she crafted a space influenced by the coast and totally child friendly for her twin toddlers. It's as pretty as they come and will 100% make you want to revamp your current shelf situation.
When we purchased our craftsman style home over three years ago, my husband and I fell in love with it when we pulled into the driveway. They say when you know you know, which was so true for us. We loved the wrap around front porch and envisioned watching our children playing in the front yard while having a glass of wine together after a long day.
When we stepped into the front door the house instantly welcomed us and we were impressed by the open floor plan. Coming from a small city condo with only an 8 x 10 space for our (9 month old Twins at the time) to play in, with treacherous stairs, this house was a huge departure for us. At the time we thought everything was move in ready and we would change a few paint colors here and there. Boy were we naive.
After three years we have slowly put our touch on each and every room (with a few to finish) making this house OUR HOME. I love every single square inch of our home and it is a direct reflection of our families’ style. It is completely conducive to having two active toddlers and there is definitely no room off limits.
The family room had dark gray walls which felt like a dungeon with a huge red brick fireplace from floor to ceiling. It made the room feel very cold. The Brazilian cherry hardwood floors are beautiful but the stark contrast was not easy on the eyes.
We refinished the floors, painted the walls a subtle gray, and repainted the trim around the windows white. We drywalled all the brick above the fireplace to the ceiling and added a mantle surround. We had to go with custom built-ins because the right side of our fireplace could only accommodate three lower base cabinets. The warm glow of the overhead library lights at night, are perfect for evenings when we are relaxing on the couch after getting the children down. The cabinets below hide all our children's toys and games.
My favorite part of the built-ins are the adjustable shelves. I'm constantly changing our family room decor with unique pieces I find from our antiquing trips so it’s nice to have the option to change whenever we want. Most of the pieces on our shelves are from family antiquing "adventures" over the years.
Every piece tells a story, and has its own unique history including the brass elephants (Tusk up symbolizes good fortune). The Chicagoan book was our guest book at our wedding and is full of well wishes from our closest family and friends. One of the watercolors on the shelves was painted by my three year old son at preschool. He's so proud to display his artwork next to one of my favorite artists Renee Anne Bourffard-McManus who's work is sold on Minted. Com.
The picture of my late Mother in Law is a constant reminder she's watching over us. I actually handmade both the terrariums and butterfly display cases. We love this space and this is truly the heart of our home!
Our Living & Dining Room space is on the right hand side when you walk into our home. No room in our home is off limits to our young children, but I especially love this space. I often will sneak away here for some short lived "mom alone time" gazing out our beautiful picture window that overlooks our front porch.
We've shared so many wonderful memories & traditions around this dining room table ( I specifically selected round so everyone is part of the conversation) with family and friends celebrating special occasions, remembering loved ones, and laughing until our bellies hurt. I fell in love with a few items right from the start that helped create the staples for the room.
Our amazing gray nailhead trim couch from Walter E. Smithe, mirrors from Arhaus, and dining room table & chairs from Restoration Hardware.
I worked alongside the incredible design firm Studio McGee on this space, and they helped me bring everything to life! I just can't say enough about this amazing firm. Lead by the insanely talented husband and wife team Shea & Syd McGee, everything they touch turns to gold.
I've followed them for years on Instagram lusting over their work and am so ecstatic to work with them to put the finishing touches on these rooms. With their direction we created a coastal casual space that is completely functional for our easy going family of four. My favorite piece in the room? The Max Wanger print which is daily reminder of our amazing honeymoon in Hawaii over 5+ years ago.