House Crashing: Some Random Open House

Remember when we mentioned that we enjoyed Richmond’s West Avenue Garden Tour last weekend? Well, one very smart family seized the opportunity to host an open house smack in the middle of the tour. And we actually knew one of the ladies manning the house (she also writes for R. Home magazine) so she was absolutely awesome about us snapping some pics and spreading the word about her friend’s house. Here’s every delicious detail that we captured as we breezed through.

It was immediately clear that these homeowners favor a minimalist and modern aesthetic, but they still like plush and comfy furniture- as long as it has clean lines. And the art. Oh the art! This amazing tangerine dream above the fireplace in the front room was a total stunner. Especially set off by the clean white walls and the charcoal upholstery. Yummy.


Almost all of the brownstones that we’ve toured have some pretty amazing wide doorways that connect the more formal front room to a less structured living room that’s centrally located. And check out the bold square art that they hung above the fireplace in this room (which gorgeously mimics the square art in the adjoined sitting room at the front of the house). And seriously, how much fun is that striped chaise?


Their dining room was another minimalistic and modern space- and the uncluttered vibe puts the focus where it belongs: on that breathtaking linear chandelier.


Here’s a close up for your viewing pleasure. And don’t worry, drooling is a perfectly acceptable response.


As we walked upstairs to the bedrooms I couldn’t help but snap another picture of the awesome living room below. The seagrass chairs and the jute rug were a bit unexpected with such a modern aesthetic, but they totally worked. And you know we love us some woven materials.


This guest bedroom/sewing room charmed us the moment we stepped inside. Not only does it have a gorgeous back balcony, but the way that the iron bed works with the black decals on the inexpensive Ikea cabinet had us at hello. We also loved the inexpensive ingenuity that the owners demonstrated. Who doesn’t have a less than perfect table that could benefit from a piece of fabric being draped over it? And the fact that it was a pink sheet sweetened up the whole space.


Their kitchen was another awesome exercise in modern simplicity at its best. The stainless steel open shelving looks chic and confident (and really works well with the industrial stainless steel island). And the oversized base cabinet drawers (be still my beating heart) and frosted base cabinet doors were truly the icing on the cake. Look how Domino-esque this shot is with one of the tour guides working at the sink. I didn’t even instruct her to pose like that- it just sort of happened. This impromptu house crashing adventure was meant to be.


And of course since they were a part of the West Avenue Garden Tour, they also had a lovely back garden complete with a leafy vine-riddled pergola. If that’s not a little slice of heaven I don’t know what is.


So that conculdes our random house crashing session. We hope you’ve enjoyed the tour. Oh and if you’d like to see another AMAZING downtown brownstone, check out this house crashing tour of Katie Ukrop’s home that we posted back in January (her house was even in Domino last year!). Lovely. Lovely. Lovely.


  1. Heidi says

    I love that striped chaise. And that stunning chandelier. I bet they’re beyond flattered that you thought their open house was worth blogging about! What a great find.

  2. Becca says

    I am in love. Every room is homey and wonderful. I could move right in! And that kitchen with the open shelves is so cool and industrial.

  3. Jessica R. says

    Where DID they get the art like that?! I would love a modern, stretched canvas piece like that, one that doesn’t break the bank, but I am creatively and time challenged. Any thoughts? I LOVE both of the pieces above the fireplaces.

  4. says

    Such a chic home! That dining room chandelier was used on a Rate my Space episode I caught the other day – in a bathroom no less! Guess it’s a pretty versatile little light.

  5. says

    I was just browsing your archives today and thought to myself, “gee, I wish they would do some more house-crashing posts”. It looks like you read my mind! These are great posts and I think it will do well to keep them coming in the future. The Fan and other areas have fabulous homes (and probably devoted readers of your blog) that would so open to have you crash their place and blog about it. Kudos for the post!

  6. Lisa says

    I NEED their dinning room table. They surely don’t still need it, since they are moving and all. . . Any ideas where it’s from?

  7. DawnMarie says

    Wow. I could move right in and not change a thing. Really comfortable and inviting but really well decorated. Love it.

  8. Jill says

    OMG……..great house. Love that chandelier–gorgeous.
    The only thing I would do is #1– paint (all that white would make me nuts) and #2 get rid of the sewing machine I have no clue how to use. Then I could move right in. I may cook more with that cool kitchen too! LOL

  9. says

    Gorgeous find you’ve got here. I love the GRUNDTAL (from IKEA) open shelving in the kitchen. At only $19.99 a piece with what looks to be 10 shelves for a total of $200, seems like a much better deal than cabinetry. I also love the unexpected addition of the frosted glass doors on some of the lower cabinet doors.

  10. taradoherty says

    wow…i love the cab with the decal…how cute…and the fact that someone can identify the ikea shelves is ammmmazzzzzzzing…..i love this site…

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