What does it mean to feel settled? How does one make a new space, not just a place to live, but an actual home? Surface pattern designer and blogger Bonnie Christine had this very challenge when she and her family of four relocated to their hometown of Franklin, North Carolina. But with a little imagination, research, and a sharp sense of style, Bonnie succeeded in creating the family farmhouse of her dreams!
As a pattern designer, Bonnie Christine has a particular knack for contemplating designs and patterns from nothing but a blank white page. Perhaps then it should be no surprise that she was able to use that same skill when building and designing her family home from the ground up. Before the walls were even framed, Bonnie could envision what the interior would be.
“When the opportunity arose to build our own home, we decided to make the jump back to our hometown of Franklin, NC,” Bonnie explains. “It’s the time spent away that made us appreciate our roots all the more deeply.” In fact, this move was sort of the embodiment of Bonnie Christine’s very own blog title – Going Home to Roost. Having moved eight times in ten years, she wanted to take this opportunity to create a home for the long haul.
Drawing from her love of nature, and the beautiful landscape surrounding the property, the home took on a ‘modern farmhouse’ look right from the start. Big windows and plenty of natural light allow the home to have a somewhat seamless, indoor-outdoor feel throughout. Bonnie used white as the foundation of her color palette, but mixed in a healthy helping of natural textures and greenery to add color and dimension. Greys, woven textiles, and pale woods also work together to emphasize the design’s serene, natural aesthetic.
Even though the house is brand new, Bonnie wanted it to exude a sense of the past. So she researched historic houses, looked for vintage fixtures and design details, and incorporated a few of these older elements into the space, along with modern pieces like our Serena Leather Sofa.
“I love mixing antiques with modern architecture. I suppose one of the challenges is just in finding the right piece and making it work.” – Bonnie Christine
The ample space and open floor plan between the living room and the kitchen gives that portion of the home a particular relevance. It’s the epicenter – a natural beacon for family time and gatherings among friends. Bonnie used large pieces like our Welles Sectional with Bumper and matching Welles Ottomans to carve out the dimensions of the otherwise open room. The result is an airy and welcoming space that fits the home perfectly!
“This home, in particular, meant the place where my children would grow up. It made the process really special, knowing that their first memories of ‘home’ would be planted here,” says Bonnie. And what family wouldn’t want to live on this charming homestead?