Traditional Home Tour
June 9, 2014
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So we're all sorts of thrilled to be able to share a glimpse into the home of one of our favourite authors, Jennifer Blecher. Her series of children's chapter books, Star Sisters, have recently made their way into our hands and have truly changed our lives. As her new biggest fans, we're tickled to be able to sneak a behind the scenes peek at where all of this magic unfolded. And captured by Sarah Winchester, there's more design inspiration right here.
From Jennifer at Star Sisters…. We moved to this house from a dark apartment in the city and were immediately drawn to the light flooding in from the huge windows, the beautiful woodwork, and the location one block from the local elementary school. We brought hardly any furniture with us, so I was really able to start decorating from scratch. I didn’t know exactly what look I wanted, except that I wanted the house to feel young and happy. After all, three little girls live here! The house has evolved slowly over the past three years, and as each layer goes on I love the space more and more.
This is my absolute favorite room in the entire house and we spend more time in here than in any other room.  It’s just a really happy place and my girls love to play in here.  The design scheme started with the rug, which I chose because I loved the color, texture, and the fact that it was dark enough to hide marker stains!  The curtains came next because I’d admired this Eric Cohler pattern for a long time and wanted to find some way to use it.  I decided to keep the walls white because I knew we’d put up a lot of homemade art work.  The red lantern was added for an additional pop of color and to draw attention to the beautiful woodwork on the ceiling.
This room always makes me laugh because, without fail, the two things that guests always admire are the light fixture and the paintings, both of which started as space fillers when I couldn't find what I wanted in my budget. The room is very large and I was having trouble finding a chandelier that was big enough, so I originally hung the Ikea PS Makros fixture as a temporary solution. Three years later it’s still up and I love it. I did the oil paintings myself because I knew the exact type of art work I wanted but couldn’t find anything in my price range. But this room really all started with the drapes. They are a gorgeous textured velvet with a hint of shimmer and look amazing at night. The china is from my great-grandmother and the spoons are from different silver patterns and engraved with my initials, gifts from my mother collected over the years.
The family room is located in the center of the house and it gets the most amazing light. My first priority was to make this room comfortable because it’s where we relax at the end of the day. I tried to keep the large pieces fairly neutral because the surrounding rooms have very strong color palettes. My favorite thing in this room is the vintage sailing poster. My husband is a big sailor and he had admired this poster for years. When we moved into this house and finally had walls large enough to accommodate its size, this poster was one of the first things I purchased.
I love our foyer! It all started with the cabinet from Jayson Home that had the perfect dimensions for the space. I added the Foo Dog lamp for a bit of fun and I did the oil painting myself to help draw the eye upwards as the ceiling height is very high.
When we first moved in, I set our study up as a formal living room. But after two years of hardly using the space, I decided to claim it as my office. I write here in the mornings before my girls wake up and, when I have to work during the day, I can close the french doors - although there are often little faces peeking through the glass! I love the bookshelves full of all my books. They make this room feel really personal. The photograph is by Gray Malin and I think it gives this room a feminine and modern feel.
This was originally my oldest daughter’s room that we turned into the nursery. That rocking chair has seen me through a lot of long nights! I wanted a neutral, but pretty look. The walls are such a light pink that they almost read cream. The floating shelves are great because none of my children are tall enough to reach them so I’m able to style them however I please!
My oldest daughter moved into this room last year. I wanted a design scheme that would work for a young girl, but also last into the teenage years. The lovely Erin Gates from Erin Gates Design helped me chose the fabrics and gave me the courage to go dark on the walls.
The white chest was originally in a different room but I loved the way it popped against the dark walls so I convinced my husband that we had to move it even though it weighs a ton.
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This room is all about the curtains. They are gorgeous and look so pretty with the light lilac walls and brass accents that carry throughout the room.


Star Sisters Books: Star Sisters | Photography:  Sarah Winchester | Styling assistant: Amy Hendren

Design Consultant: Katie Rosenfeld | Art: Jennifer Blecher | Chandelier: Ikea PS Makros | Table: Arhaus | Drapes: Celerie Kemble Glimmer in Mineral by Schumacher | Chair: Crate & Barrel Sascha Side Chair upholstered in Highland Court London Plane in Nickel | Rug: Stark Natura in Platinum | Candelabra: Dunes & Duchess | China and Silver: Antique, Family Heirloom

Sectional: Crate & Barrel | Chairs: Boston Interiors | Ottoman: Mitchel Gold Bob Williams | Cabinet: Jayson Home | Poster: International Poster Gallery | Paintings: Jennifer Blecher | Console Table: Restoration Hardware | Paint: Barren Plain by Benjamin Moore

Design Consultant: Katie Rosenfeld | Play Table and Chairs: Pottery Barn Kids | Book Shelves: Pottery Barn Kids | Lantern: Shades of Light | Rug: Stark Plages et Dunes in Amethyste
| Drapes: Eric Cohler Design Woods Brocatelle in Onyx by Lee Jofa | Bench: Serena and Lily | Frames: Ikea | Wall Easel: Pottery Barn | Pouf: Target (Calypso St. Barth Line) | Paint: China White by Benjamin Moore

Desk: Ballard Designs | Leather Chairs: Crate & Barrel | Wire Ottomans: Jayson Home | Photograph: Gray Malin | Table: Furbish Studio | Lamps: West Elm

Art: Jennifer Blecher | Table: Jayson Home | Lamp: Barbara Barry

Floating Shelves: West Elm | Storage Basket: Serena and Lily | Mirror: Restoration Hardware | Poufs: Overstock | Rug: Restoration Hardware | Paint: Vintage Taupe by Benjamin Moore

Design Consultation: Erin Gates Design | Bed: Serena and Lily | Table: Serena and Lily | Chest: Vintage | Curtains: Osborne & Little Maharani | Pouf: Target (Calypso St. Barth Line) | Pillows: Xu Garden in Orkid by Kravet and Paragon in Lilac by Duralee | Paint: Tempest by Benjamin Moore

Chaise: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams | Elephant: Pottery Barn Kids | Curtains: Osborne & Little | Paint: Dreamy Cloud by Benjamin Moore