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.
lights // pulls // knobs // counter stools // faucet // olive topiary // backsplash tile (call for info)
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.
entry table // lamp // basket // stool
mirror // rug // umbrella stand
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.
table // chairs // chandelier // drapes // rug // drapery hardware
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!
host chairs // side chairs // rug // buffet // ginger jars
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.
rug // sofa // leather chairs // coffee table // side tables // lamps // velvet pillows // print pillows // drapes // drapery hardware // glass cloches // fern prints
The beams really add such a lovely touch to this space.
iron drink table // tobacco basket (similar)
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.
side chairs // console // lamps // vase on table
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.
Sectional // rug // coffee table // navy pillow // patterned pillow // side tables //
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.
sconces // floor tile // mirrors
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.
faucet // floor tile // glass knobs // mirror
Another guest bath, simple and classic.
Sconces // mirror // glass knobs // floor tile
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.
floor tile (similar) // sconces // mirror //
The nearby laundry room coordinates with the same tile and cabinetry color.
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I went to the block party for this development and it’s so lovely! A beautiful part of Lexington. I recently renovated my home a few towns over. We have the exact faucet and sink (I’m pretty sure that’s a LaToscana sink). We have similar windows behind the sink and I decided on the 17″ faucet versus the 16″ because I wanted the faucet to feel substantial against the large window. I’m 2nd guessing my choice because the radius (?) or how far it extends to the center of our sink about an inch too far forward so we are always moving it to the side otherwise we get water all over ourselves! That is a piece of the renovation I never even thought about nor have read about and didn’t even consider when they drilled the hole for our faucet. For now we are living with it!
Just lovely! Do you know the source for the front door and surround?
How did you find paint that went so well with the kitchen tile?
Just saw your Insta story about Mom guilt. Since we are only BFFs in my imaginations (long time reader and fan), I want to tell you what I would tell any of my girlfriends. My boys are 11 and 14, and I’ve been where you are with the struggle a million times over, but have come out on the other side of it. Here are a few things I’ve learned. When Henry is upset about you leaving school, or traveling, or heading out to dinner with Andrew, remember that having strong emotions is his JOB. He likely also has strong emotions about what he wants to eat or wear or when to go to bed or transitioning from one activity to another. 3 year olds FEEL ALL THE FEELS, they have to as part of processing the world around them. And one of the best things you can do as a parent is separate his emotions from your emotions. The fact that he’s upset to see you go has so many positives in it – you got there, he was happy to see you, the two of you are closely bonded. And if he melts down when you leave, try to remember it’s not a statement on you working. It’s a statement on the complete irrationality and impulsivity of 3 year olds. (The same is also true when the reverse inevitably happens – you’ll show up for something and he’ll ignore you. It won’t be a statement on his love for you, it will be a reflection of how absorbed he is in his activity/day.)
I really do think you’re in the hardest stage. So many people will tell you to enjoy every minute and I know that comes with wonderful intentions. But it’s okay to recognize it’s tough to balance, even when you’re the boss. It gets easier, it really does.
Molly, great comment about the real life of moms. I’ve seen my (then four year old) granddaughter go into near hysteria about leaving her pet stick she’d just picked up by the side of the road and then couldn’t take with her into the bakery for treats.
Love the kitchen and the shiplap in the bathroom! Dream house!
Love your blog..have been following for a long time! Beautiful home,,,,would you recommend the Westshore Jute rug for a dining room? I have been on a search .
Who did the staging? It’s lovely!
It’s a gorgeous, open home. Very livable! I love all your choices in design. Do you think the furniture in the living room pulled in would make a better conversational area! They seem to be pushed far apart giving the room a sparse look.
Love the guest and shared baths! Very pretty.
Wow! It’s just gorgeous!
love! Also – Erin – if you have time, your fans would love a SAG awards fashion review!
I love everything in this house – great job! If I had all the money in the world, I would have you design our next house.
You did a beautiful job as always! It really is a lovely home except that there doesn’t seem to be a front hall closet. Where do guests put coats? My father was a builder and stonemason, and I was in the restaurant business and I learned early that function is always first. We create our surroundings based on our needs and for each family it is different, yet in this case it seems that the design was more important than function…unless you tell guests to use the mud room entrance?
Beautiful! Would you mind sharing the gray paint colors you used on the guest bath and laundry room cabinets? Love this home – you did such a great job.
WOW !!! Beautiful…farmhouse done right ! So warm and beautiful !
Hey Erin, love this house! Would you mind sharing the size of the island please? I love the pendants you’ve used but am scared the ratio/dimensions will be off! Thanks
The ratio on my kitchen that is! Many thanks!
Tile selections and plaid rug (looks so much more expensive) are my favorite. Love the viva terra vase as well. So random but would you mind sharing what kind of plant or faux plant is in it? Thank you!
It’s real eucalyptus!
Beautiful, just so lovely. And that rug of yours is an excellent deal!
Hi Erin, this is lovely and I adore your blog! I am building a home on a budget and am wondering if you are able to take on long distance clients similar to this project? Xo
Email us : email@example.com to learn more! Yes, we do long distance.
Thank you for sharing so many exact sources. Also, it is very interesting that you ended up with what you consider some “budget choices” in a house that lists for well over $2 m. I mean that as a compliment to you that you are willing to share details and be honest about the true cost of things. I am always so frustrated with HGTV because they really sugar coat how expensive a lot of furnishings and finishes are. I am often drooling over things that are completely custom and out of my budget. So thank you for willing to be so transparent about all of this.
Beautiful finishes don’t have to cost a fortune, and most builders want to maximize their profit on homes with big square footage. While there are many high end stone tiles (Ann Sachs, one of my faves) there are many that are budget friendly.
My main complaint is the cheap recessed lighting builders typically install. I feel this is an important design feature and they cheapen the look with cheap big box fixtures.
I love everything! Fantastic job!
Love everything about this Erin! Would you be able to share any information about the flooring? Was it pre-finished or no? I’m assuming it’s the same throughout but I’d love to know more about the wood/stain etc.!!!
Wow! I am not in to the farmhouse style but this is done just right.
Went to the open house this weekend. All I wanted to do was plop myself down, cuddle on the couch and watch TV. You did an amazing job designing it.
So glad you liked it!
Beautiful- inside and out. I particularly love the exterior of the house. The colors are stunning.
What an incredible home! It’s decorated so beautifully and has a great flow. Also – the kitchen is the EXACT layout of my kitchen (windows included), except my fridge is smaller. I would have loved to see this a couple years ago when we renovated ours. I might have used some of the finishes you chose. Thanks for sharing sources.
Lovely! I love the pendants over the kitchen island. I bought a new house last spring. The kitchen was renovated in 2016 and I love it, but the pendants over the island are small-ish. What are the dimensions of the kitchen island? Would love to know what your professional opinion is for pendant to island dimensions / how many to install.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. You are the best!
Gorgeous! Could you share details about the bathroom faucet/fixture choices? Love how streamlined they are while still feeling traditional.
It’s lovely – great staging and choices – my one little “nit” is that the downstairs wall color is too yellow-y. Is it Ben Moore Linen White, by any chance? I don’t like that color at all – “buider’s blah”.
It looks more yellow than it is because the real estate photographer left all the lights on for the pics, it’s Cloud Cover and a nice neutral.