I’ve been Instagramming updates of our spec house development project with Finnegan Development and today get to share some of the photographs and sources for the items we used not only in construction but also staging the first floor! You can see more pics and info here in the listing, but I wanted to talk through our choices. Designing a spec house has its challenges- you want to make it look unique and custom but also have broad appeal so a variety of buyers might be interested in it. There also are tight budgets in certain areas, but that makes for creative sourcing and is helpful to share, as many of us aren’t able to buy crazy fancy finishes. The theme of this home was “modern farmhouse”– not kitschy or cloying, just simple and streamlined with a hint of laid-back farmhouse style. They asked us to stage the first floor, and those choices were also super budget friendly, so I’ve included links to most everything! If you buy the house, you can buy it furnished too! :)
To start, I think the kitchen came out AMAZING! I love the neutral tile backsplash paired with this stunning quartz counter that really looks like marble- it’s Statuario Leonardo from Colorquartz. The limed oak finish island keeps things feeling casual and warm, but all the polished nickel accents add some real sleekness.
This listing image makes the wood island look far more multi-toned than it is, but shows the pretty X-mullion detail on the glass cabinetry.
I love how bright and sunny this kitchen is! I wish I could buy this house! :)
The exposed hood with tile running to the ceiling gives a slight industrial vibe too.
The counters and these stools were the perfect complement.
The foyer is nice and open- we chose to do v-groove paneling with a nice framing detail part way up the wall in this part of the house that continues into the dining room and runs up the stairway. The whole house is painted Benjamin Moore Cloud Cover with Chantilly Lace on the trim.
We chose this pretty but simple lantern for the stairwell.
The dining room is a great size and nice and open. We paired a pretty farmhouse table (only $700!) with classic Windsor chairs and a simple, but chic ring chandelier. The drapes are a great brown/grey velvet and cozy up the room.
The art was an amazing Homegoods score for $99, believe it or not! And these host chairs were an amazing find on Wayfair for $450 each!
I LOVE how the living room staging came out! We based the room on my plaid rug and a simple English roll arm sofa from Boston Interiors. It feels tailored but not formal – the perfect blend for family living.
The beams really add such a lovely touch to this space.
Looking into the family room and casual dining area.
sconces // corner chair
This area is all open to the kitchen on the right side- we spec’d this table for the space, so the one shown is a stand in. :) The console at the back of the sectional helps finish off the back of the floating piece of furniture.
A wider shot of the family room! There are built in window seats flanking the fireplace and lots of room to entertain or kick back with the family.
This sectional is a great size and offers ample seating.
Had to use some Elements by Erin Gates pillows! :)
I wanted the mudroom to have some spunk, so we used V-groove floor to ceiling and a ceramic solid tile in a checkerboard pattern- super easy to clean! The wood bench seat warms it up too.
The powder room continues the same materials, and has a wood vanity and solid quartz countertop.
The master bathroom is a great mix of materials- from wood to marble! We found this floor tile at Lowe’s, believe it or not, and paired it with Carrara marble counters and shower tile.
I’d happily take a soak in this tub!
This home has a great shared bath between two bedrooms, the shower in the middle and each side has it’s own private sink. We did a cute little backsplash out of the quartz with a wall mounted faucet to add a fun detail and chose this fun wood-grain hexagon tile you can order through Tiles Plus More, where we sourced, for the floor.
Another guest bath, simple and classic.
The third floor bathroom has glass subway in the shower (to mix it up from all the white subway in other bathrooms) and a fun floor tile that looks like cement, but is a much easier to clean porcelain.
The nearby laundry room coordinates with the same tile and cabinetry color.
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