Houzz Tour: A New Build is Warmed Up With Rustic Touches
Clever details, such as panelling, wooden beams and herringbone flooring, give this modern home bags of character
The couple found a good deal on a plot and designed a modern farmhouse, taking inspiration from the historic Colonial-style homes they’d worked on before. The house is fresh and up to date, with a few key touches that add a vintage vibe.
Who lives here? The home was designed, built and decorated on spec
Location Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Size Four bedrooms and four bathrooms (326 sq m)
Designers Danielle Palm and Rocci Chandler of Rose Rock Properties and Pinnacle Home Design (architecture)
Contractor Monroe Design
Photos by Tony Li and Sarah Baker
“We love bringing back the character to the beautiful historic homes in Tulsa,” Danielle says. “And the original craftsmanship is on a whole other level. But it was a fun challenge to start with a blank slate and it was a real labour of love.”
For this project, she and Chandler added special touches gleaned from their experience with historic homes to give the new house unique charm.
Although they serve as contractors on their renovation projects, Danielle and Rocci hired contracting firm Monroe Design to help on this one, as it was their first new build. They learned a lot from being on site every day working with the subs.
“We already had the home we envisioned and plans drawn on paper, but we needed the expertise of an architect to solidify our vision,” Danielle says. They hired architectural firm Pinnacle Home Design to turn their ideas into technical drawings and help with the permitting process.
On the exterior, the front porch, board-and-batten siding, barn lights and lanterns, and X shapes on the railings and garage doors are farmhouse-inspired touches. The windows and doors, black accents and rectilinear planters provide modern elements. The shape and massing of the house fits in with the Colonial-style homes in the neighbourhood.
“We really love the streamlined look of black iron doors and windows, but they are so expensive,” Danielle says. Instead, they had their window and door vendor create the look with black-painted wood.
The pair worked with local artist Susan Eddings Perez to create bespoke pieces for the home. Her scored stucco artwork on the left stands up to the scale of the space.
The simple flat woodwork and black iron railings blend traditional and modern styles. A rustic wooden table with a well-worn patina and burlap-covered pouffes add more casual touches. An arched mirror boosts light and brings a classic curve to the space.
A Carrara marble fireplace and ivory swivel chairs add light contrast, while an Oriental rug and brass finishes bring in warmth. The designers repeated the wall colour, shiplap, brass and marble in other areas of the house to create a cohesive feel.
This room also has a full bathroom off it. “This bathroom leads to the backyard,” Danielle says. “So if the [new owners] want to install a pool, it can serve as the pool bath. It’s also nice to have for guests when entertaining outdoors.”
They hung a Samsung Frame TV over the fireplace. It can camouflage itself as artwork when not in use.
The designers used Sherwin-Williams Snowbound paint on the walls and woodwork throughout the house. “We’ve tried other whites, but we always go back to Snowbound. It has just the right amount of warmth,” Danielle says.
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The dining space works well for both casual and formal meals and takes the place of a separate formal dining room. “We are finding most homeowners don’t care about having a separate formal dining room anymore,” Danielle says.
“We splurged on rift-sawn white oak for the island because its vertical detailing is so strong,” Danielle says. They tucked the fridge on a wall opposite the left end of the island to keep it out of view.
The dark, 45cm pendants create a strong statement over the island. “We loved the size and the conical shape of these pendants,” Danielle says.
The pair had salvaged lattice interior shutters from an old renovation project years ago, and they repurposed them as these cabinet doors. The cabinet serves as a furniture-like piece in the main part of the kitchen, capped by a brass art light that makes it even more special.
One of the smartest ideas the duo had for the pantry can’t be seen in this photo. Hidden behind the cabinets on the right is a 3ft-high door into the garage. It allows the homeowners to take groceries out of the car and drop them directly into the pantry. The grocery door has a combination lock on it for security. The actual garage entry is located off a boot room. Forgoing another full entry door in here left more room for storage.
The painting of the lady on the wall has a somewhat scandalous story behind it. Rocci found it at a garage sale many years ago and fell in love with it. Her husband, not so much. “I used to tell him that she was my Aunt Shirley and we had to keep her,” she says.
Eventually, she and Danielle decided to keep the painting for staging purposes, but it was damaged in storage. “We had Susan Eddings Perez repair it, and when she held the painting up to the light, she could see that this painting had originally been a nude and that the dress had been painted on her later,” Danielle says with a laugh.
Eddings Perez custom-painted the floral artwork for the room. The dark background adds contrast, while the greens pick up on the cushion fabric.
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