House Crashing: Lovely & Light

We’re back with another House Crashing adventure, and this one happened right here in Richmond. This charming Westover Hills house was just too pretty to pass up, so when Lori and her husband Greg invited us inside to poke around we knew we had to bring our camera and snap some photos for you guys as well.

And here’s the cute couple now…

Lori’s actually expecting a wee one in August, but although the whole nesting thing hasn’t quite kicked in just yet, her house was spotless none the less. Here’s the view as soon as you step into the front door. Gorgeous and sundrenched would be exactly how we can describe their entire house.

To the right of that stunning staircase is the living room full of (surprise!) more light and nice substantial molding and extra high ceilings. And that armoire on the right is actually a home office of sorts that they keep tucked away behind closed doors when it’s not in use. Gotta love a little hidden extra function like that.

The living room fireplace is definitely a gorgeous accent in the room. Everything from the framed butterflies to the crisp white painted brick charmed us from the moment we stepped into the space.

And the kitchen. Oh the kitchen. It seriously had us looking around like tourists at the Grand Canyon. It was simply breathtaking. They did a total reno when they knocked down a wall to open it up to a family room that they added on to the back of the house. And their gorgeous white cabinets mixed with sleek black granite counters really made for a classic and elegant result.

And check out that amazing butcher block island made from insanely heavy and solid wood (it took seven people to carry it into the house, and when they attempted to put it up on casters it crushed them like twigs). Guess where they got it? Craigslist. Yeah, we were jealous too. We love how worn and substantial it is- it adds so much rustic charm and life to the otherwise sleek space for the perfect balance of homey and chic. And just beyond the kitchen you can see the family room that Lori and Greg added on…

It’s complete with a cozy sectional and tons of floor to ceiling windows (which lend a sunroom-ish effect)…

The room also features an amazing back wall of built in cabinetry for books, other storage and of course to accommodate the crisp flat screen TV they added to round out this family friendly space. Plus you might recognize that slipper chair as a Target find. Don’t you love that cool furniture doesn’t always have to cost a fortune?

They also had a charming display in their half bathroom right off of the kitchen and living room- check out those great vintage boxed that they hung on the wall to corral toilet paper, towels, and other bathroom necessities.

Then there’s the dining room, which has that rustic farmhouse feeling with a touch of chic elegance thanks to the super high curtains and that gilded chandelier. And you know I was all over that big blue oversized glass jar, right? As in, I wanted to rub my face on it. Obsessed.

Next we have the serene and super inviting guest bedroom that again is full of light and soft relaxing tones.

We especially loved this view of the room with that amazing chair (Lori rescued it on a budget and had it reupholstered to give it a whole new life). And that charming soft yellow dresser adds so much tone on tone charm to the space.

And lastly, we’ll leave you with this gorgeous shot of their private backyard complete with a fun hammock and chiminea (they love having gatherings back there). It’s also the stomping ground of their cute pooch Maggie and there’s even an expanded patio off of the kitchen with a full outdoor dining area. Not too shabby, eh?

And since we know you guys appreciate a source list, here you go:

Living Room: paint: Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage, couch: Bassett Furniture, pillows: Restoration Hardware, rug: West Elm, coffee table: Crate & Barrel, side tables: Craiglist, Roman shades: JC Penney, computer armoire: Craigslist, plantation chair: local antique shop. Dining Room: paint: Benjamin Moore Devon Cream, table: Miss Pixie’s in Washington DC, chairs: World Market, buffet: Craigslist. Kitchen: paint: Benjamin Moore Linen White, butcher block island & stool: Craigslist. Family Room: paint: Benjamin Moore Linen White, sectional sofa: Room & Board, pillows: TJ Maxx, slipper chair: Target, glass lamp: local antique store (shade from Target), sofa table: local antique store. Guest Bedroom: bed, dresser & skinny chest: vintage, bedding: TJ Maxx, chair: reupholstered thrift store find; art: West Elm (mirror) and vintage prints.

So there we have Lori and Greg’s lovely Richmond home full of sunlight, lofty ceilings, and charming details. Of course we have to send them a big wet kiss for inviting us inside. And we’d love to know which rooms/furnishings/accessories have you drooling. Don’t you just love sno0ping around in people’s houses? We could do it every day…

Psst- We’re always on the hunt for a mouthwatering house (or ten) to crash, so if you or anyone you know has a casa that’s feature-ready just shoot us an email along with some photos of the space and if we’re ever in the neighborhood we’ll be sure to drop in.


  1. says

    What a lovely home! It is so sweet inside and out!

    I am trying to get more light in my house. Does anyone have experience with Solatubes to let in more light??

  2. says

    Congratulations on baby Clara!
    She’s so beautiful, not even new-baby wrinkly! Just gorgeous!

    I asked you guys last week about this style storm door…could you find out where they got it? Been looking around Richmond and no one knows!

  3. Katie Cortes says

    Beautiful house! I love the style completely!!! Although the uneven pictures above the fireplace are driving my bonkers! LOL.

    Still a completely GORGEOUS home! Love the sunny rooms and pretty colors!

  4. says

    Thanks for posting! The half bath gave me some inspiration for my new half bath. I even have hanging baskets that I had no idea what to do with…until NOW!!!!

  5. Jill Stigs says

    Lori and Greg did a fantastic job! Love the family room with all that light……….so jealous.

  6. Meghan says

    B-E-A-UTIFUL house – thanks so much for sharing! I especially loved the exterior shot. Did Greg and Lori provide any information regarding their exterior paint colors?

  7. Christin says

    I think I’m in love! GORGEOUS home! Best house crashing yet! The stairway in the front and the kitchen – oh that beautiful kitchen – and the living room are my fave parts. LOVE the white built ins for storage and display. Love love love it!

  8. tori says

    Gorgeous! I can’t get a good read on layout. Facing the exterior front, it looks like DR is on right and LR is on left. What is the window enclosed room on the far left. Did you exclude a sun room from the tour?!

    • says

      Hey Tori,

      You guessed the layout right – coming in the front door the dining room is to your right (with the kitchen behind it) and the living room is on your left. There was a sunroom on the far left wall of living room, but sadly none of our pictures did it justice so we didn’t include it in the tour.


  9. Tosha says

    What is the paint color of their guest bedroom? It’s hard to tell if it’s a duplicate color of any of their living spaces. Thanks!

  10. says

    Love it!! I grew up in Westover Hills. My parents still live there and I love to go on neighborhood walks to spot all the pretty houses and yards! I’m so happy to see young couples buying up houses there and renovating them!

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