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Wow, I can’t believe it’s been one year since Jordan and I closed on our forever home! This has been a long time coming, so I’m super excited to share our home renovation tour with you.  We renovated the full first floor, with minor tweaks upstairs (carpet cleaning, new paint, etc.).  We also ended up renovating the basement so that it can be usable and we love cuddling up down there for movie nights.

I feel so grateful that I was able to work with Leslie Cotter Interiors to create the home of our dreams.  Leslie nailed it with the earthy yet traditional vibe I was going for and I couldn’t be more pleased.  If you’re looking for an interior designer, I highly recommend her: professional, speedy, organized, and most importantly, understands your taste (versus only doing what the designer likes).  For the first time EVER, I feel satisfied with our home and decor (actually, more than satisfied).  I don’t feel the need to shop for the house or, between me and you, even decorate for fall, because our house is quite literally perfect (for our taste). It’s cohesive, yet unique, and we love every bit of it!

My favorite part of the design work was when Leslie and I met last December for the furniture selections.  This huge table in her office was covered with photos of furniture, art, fabric, rug, & paint swatches, and more — all organized by room, including measurements and specs.  It was like actually visualizing our whole home completely finished — even though we hadn’t even had walls up quite yet.  Plus, do you know what a relief it is to not have to mess with measurements and furniture? Renovating a home can be stressful, but it helps when you have a great designer communicating with the contractors to create a cohesive home that flows. Make sure to check out her portfolio here!

Additionally, Clare Miller Home sourced all of the furniture, so most (if not all) can be purchased through her store.  She has stores in Lexington and Louisville, but can order if you’re not local. It was such a breeze, because we didn’t have to worry about delivery, putting together the furniture, and Clare kept tabs on all items, giving us updates for COVID shipping delays etc.  Talk about the dream team!

Although there are some parts of the first floor that weren’t photographed, this is a good chunk of the main rooms! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Photography by Andrew Kung

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The runner is Anderson Tuftex Madera in the color ‘wrought iron’.

Ceilings: Benjamin Moore OC-57 White Heron | Flat Finish

Walls: Benjamin Moore OC-57 White Heron | Eggshell Finish

Trim/Doors: Benjamin Moore OC-57 White Heron | Semi-Gloss Finish

Handrail: Benjamin Moore 2120-10 Jet Black | Semi-Gloss Finish

Balusters: Benjamin Moore OC-57 White Heron | Semi-Gloss Finish


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Hardwood stain is medium brown by Bona, satin finish.

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Is it odd that our dining room is our favorite room in the house?

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Wallpaper is Schumacher.

All window treatments were sourced locally.

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Artwork and decorative accessories throughout the home can be sourced through Clare Miller Home.

Office Walls & Trim: Benjamin Moore HC-160 Knoxville Gray | Eggshell Finish

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Unfortunately, there isn’t a paint color on the cabinets since they are considered semi-custom.  However, you can probably get it color matched at a paint store!


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Rug is sourced through a local store.

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Wallpaper is Schumacher.

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Rug sourced from a local store.


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What is not seen here is another sitting area on the other side of the room.  It’s one of my fave areas to lounge and read a book!

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The cabinets are also semi-custom, so there isn’t a specific stain for them.


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