When Corrin and Arron purchased their mid-century style home, they knew they had stumbled onto something special, but they had no idea they were about to discover a time-capsule of inspiration that would take their design concepts to a whole new level.
It’s not always easy to live in a historic home. But rather than be intimidated by their home’s architectural legacy, Corrin and Arron viewed their new space as an opportunity to get out of their comfort-zones and stretch their interior design limits.
Their beautiful, water-front house is an exquisite example of mid-century architecture at its best. Designed by Carter Sparks in the 1970s, the floor plan takes on multiple levels in a sort of geometric Jenga that’s simultaneously complex yet welcoming. Dark woods dominate the walls, and the apex of the roof is lined in skylights – filling the space with natural warmth. From the giant, though deceivingly lightweight wood door, to the Japanese-inspired lighting fixtures, the remains of the original design exude a unique style not often found in modern homes. The couple made the decision to stay as true to the original design as possible, renovating only what was absolutely necessary and keeping details like the light fixtures and the tile floors perfectly in tact.
Upon move-in, the pair discovered a box filled with details left behind from the home’s first interior decorator – everything from the original sketches and blueprints, to fabric samples and design mood boards. Suddenly, the pressure to stay true to the original design felt all the more prescient and attainable, after all, now they had an indisputable roadmap.
“Normally, our furniture is very neutral in color, but with this home, we told ourselves we needed bright colors.” – Corrin
This telling time capsule revealed that some of the furniture in the house still had the original upholstery, and it filled in gaps with suggestions for what furniture pieces and color palettes might work best in certain spaces. Joybird’s vast array of customizable mid-century-style furniture became the couple’s go-to solution for creating just the perfect pieces for their large living room and bedroom. Knowing that the style of the home, and the dark wood interior required bright pops of color, the couple found themselves selecting shades of lime green and bright coral from the Joybird swatch kit – color choices that they would have never dreamed of considering before.
Within the architecture, there’s a subtle blending between outdoors and in, just as the design blends retro-looks with a modern livability. The vast windows, plentiful plants and gorgeous water feature in the entry way all add to the space’s natural beauty and provides a sense of calm.
The final design is playful and kitchy, while maintaining a sophisticated serene quality that makes it complex and intriguing. One can imagine it as the perfect site for a swinging, 60s style cocktail party, or it can also be mistaken for a soothing nature retreat. Either way, it’s a home unlike any other!
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