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

    Everything is so gorgeous! I especially love the window casings and treatments. I see they’re JCP – do you know the specific name of the Roman Shades? I’ve ordered their cordless ones from ebay, but they’re out of stock of the ones I like. So many of the others get mixed reviews, but these look beautiful! Thanks for the paint colors, too. And the accessorizing is perfect – not too much, but enough to look “lived-in”. Beautiful house, and probably my favorite one featured so far!

    • says

      Hey guys,

      Here’s hoping Lori stops by soon to answer some of you questions and give you more deets on their pad. Glad you loved their house as much as we did!


  2. says

    Such a lovely tour! It grabs you right away and lives up to its great curb appeal with all its pretty rooms inside. There’s no nursery yet, correct? I hope they send you pictures when the put one together; it’s sure to be gorgeous!

    • says

      Yep, Catherine. Lori and Greg still had some time on the nursery so it wasn’t put together yet. But we too would love an update once it’s complete!


  3. js says

    Isn’t that big blue oversized glass jar called a demijohn? They are everywhere now it seems, and everybody wants one so they aren’t cheap unless you can find someone who doesn’t know what they’ve got.

  4. says

    LOVE this feature, such a great find!! I am seriously dying to know where she got that great big blue glass jar, among the other cool glass accents in the house.

  5. says

    Oooh I love the butcher block island. I can’t stop drooling over it. The amount of natural light they have works great with all the light colors. Great house!

  6. Jenn says

    To second the first poster, this is my dream house!!! (and my favorite house-crashing post so far) Lori and Greg have done an amazing job, I just love how light-filled and serene the house is with its cool-toned color accents. And the kitchen! That butcher block had me at hello.

  7. Paula S. says

    I LOVE this house, the abundance of natural light and the furniture and decorations. It totally reminds me of the house I had to sell when I got married. I miss that house so much it hurts.

    Thank you for sharing this beauty with us and congrats to Lori and Greg for doing such a nice job with it. YUMMY!

  8. says

    Ok… seriously, I want this house! I didn’t even need to see inside! Wish there were some like it near us because we are putting our big house on the market soon. Our kids are going to college & the house seems too big now.

  9. says

    Sorry… I just realized there was a source list… now I know where the bedding is from… Just wish I knew where it was from originally. Since it was from TJ Maxx it’s probably gone by now. Thanks for being so thorough! Sorry I asked the question before reading through the whole post.

  10. Lori says

    Hi all,
    It’s Lori here. Thanks so much for all of the wonderful comments. It’s so nice to read. :) To answer a few questions, the house was built in 1925 (we added the family room and renovated the kitchen just last year). I tore the butterfly prints out of a book (Cabinet of Natural Curiosities). The exterior paint color is BM Coastal Fog, but I’ll have to check on the door color. The Roman shades are from JCP, but we got them about 4 years ago, so I’m not sure if they still make them. I can’t remember the guest bedroom paint color, but it is very similar to the BM Linen White color that we used downstairs. Hope that helps, and thanks again for the great feedback!

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