House Crashing: Breezy & Bright

Who’s ready for another house crashing adventure? This is a house in Roswell, Georgia that we dropped in on – and it’s a beaut. Julie, the owner, is also one of the ladies behind Milk & Honey Home, and it’s so inspiring to see how she pairs colors and patterns in her own home (while squeezing in some great budget-friendly ideas). We’re so thankful that she let us snoop around and share the pics! So without further ado… let’s barge in and make ourselves at home.

The foyer just beyond the front door was spectacular. I mean, isn’t this like living in a magical jewelry box or something? I was immediately smitten. She got the scalloped mirror on sale from Ballard Designs (I’ve been obsessed with it for ages) and the wallpaper is actually from Home Depot! The ceiling light is from Pottery Barn and the lamps on the table are from HomeGoods. Oh and the table itself is a secondhand find.

I’m telling you. I could have stood in the foyer all day.

But wait, I forgot to introduce you to Julie. She was so friendly and easy to talk to that Clara and Burger and I found ourselves sitting on the floor of her son’s room chatting for most of the crash (while John ran around like a madman taking photos).

To the left of the foyer was a dramatic sitting room with black walls and tons of pretty layered texture. The slipper chairs are from Pottery Barn Outlet and the chandelier is from West Elm.

This driftwood mirror was actually a HomeGoods find!

The lofted living room was a project that Julie and her husband took on after moving in. The beams were already there, but they added tongue & groove to the ceiling and used 1 x 2″s on the walls to add a “faux board and batten look” on a budget. As for that giant pendant in the middle of the room, Julie can order it for you though Milk & Honey Home. The sofa is just an old one that Julie had slipcovered since it was completely functional but didn’t match the look she was going for.

Once again there was that awesome mix of modern and rustic and blingy and neutral in here. Such a pretty layered look.

The pass-through to the kitchen was so much fun. Those frames with portraits of her kiddos are from Ikea and the stools are from Crate & Barrel.

Here’s another shot of that awesome pass-through. I love how casually draped paper garlands and a silver deer head dress up the opening and draw your eye in towards the floating shelves beyond.

More kitchen loveliness. The large glass ceiling fixture is from Pottery Barn and the backsplash tile is by Walker Zanger. Julie has loved it forever and saved her pennies to make it hers (she was thankful it was a small area to tile, so it wasn’t as expensive). As for the counters, they’re actually limestone. They were amazing in person. So natural and textured.

Aren’t those antique shelf brackets a nice mix with the clean and modern shaker-style cabinets and shelves?

This table, bench, and chairs were from Crate & Barrel, and the chandelier over the table is from a secondhand store.

Can you tell we were in love with the kitchen? Seriously, we could have put ten more photos of that room in here.

This is the guest room, which all began with a red rug that Julie already owned. She wanted the room to feel fresh and modern while incorporating that rug, so once she saw the teal and red vase on the desk (from Anthropologie) she knew that painting the walls a soft teal color (Pratt & Lambert Pacific) would work the rug into the room in a modern and fresh way. I loved the mix!

Julie’s two boys actually share a room (they love it!) so Julie brought in two twin sized beds and hung some awesome oversized initials from Ballard Design (on clearance) over their beds. This is the room that Clara and I hung out in most – the wall opposite the bed had a cabinet full of toys- and Clara totally made herself at home.

Here’s the hall bathroom, complete with basic white subway tile (from Lowe’s) and gray grout because “boys use this room!” – haha. Julie says it has held up really well to her two little men. I also loved that although this room looks totally redone, the vanity came with the house- she just painted it a soft knaki-gray-green color for a completely fresh look.

Some of the little details of the house totally won my heart- like all the old door knobs that Julie has collected over time. Here’s her bedroom beyond these pretty glass french doors that lead to her master bathroom.

And here’s a shot looking back at those french doors to the master bath from the bedroom. I love that pop of blue on the dresser to the right of the door. The bedroom was a really soft white-on-white space, so that hit of color was awesome.

Here’s the master bathroom. Isn’t that tub awesome? I totally wanted to crawl in with my clothes on and just bask in the glory of a gorgeous bathroom. Oh and the floor was white penny tile, so of course John and I oohed and aaahed. It was gorgeous. The subway tile is once again from Lowe’s and those ruffled shower curtains are actually from Target (sold as window curtains, not shower curtains, but Julie just added a shower curtain liner behind them). And that chandelier? Julie scored it for just $29 at a secondhand store called Queen Of Hearts Antiques.

I really love how she mixes things, like this wood stool that she dropped into a white-on-white space for some awesome texture and a nice natural element to compliment all the bright and shiny stuff. Speaking of that wood stool, it was actually something that her friend’s dad made. I love that she has some handmade stuff along with some budget friendly stuff (like the subway tile from Lowe’s and those ruffled curtains from Target).

So that’s the tour of Julie’s amazing house. We’re so thankful that she let us drop by and shoot away! And you can read more about her and her beautiful home on her own little slice of the interweb. Now let’s play the what’s-your-favorite-part game. Anyone else gonna call that tub that I’m obsessed with? I also loved the giant rectangular capiz chandelier in the room with the black walls. And John’s calling the pass-through to the kitchen and the open shelves in there.


  1. says

    She has a lovely home and very cool style! And the way the mirror “vanity / desk” picks up the colours of the rug … NEAT. Took me a while to figure that one out!

  2. says

    Okay okay okay I love this house! And here’s why: the fact that she aint scurred to layer those two rugs in the reading room – whereas me on the other hand would have my knees knocking in fright, the pass through where the stove is immediately there to dole out morning eggs right onto those waiting plates, her kitchen table, and the vaulted ceiling in the family room. What a lovely place for those boys to make memories in. Good job and brava Julie!

    My best, Lynn

  3. Fraser says

    Gorgeous, I love these house looks – like Apartment Therapy house tours but with the quirky cute personality and comments we love from YHL :)

  4. Gemma says

    I think this might be my favorite of all your house crashes! Beautiful home – it had me at the front door!

  5. says

    I love everything about that house how gorgeous. But my favouritist things are the light in the hallway and the silver stags head. BEAUTIFUL!! xox

  6. tae says

    what a gorgeous home! the foyer is absolutely incredible –the wallpaper plus those lamps are stunning!!

    quick random unrelated question. when buying curtain material for the house (and clara’s room in particular) do you buy flame retardant fabrics? i wanted to order fabric from spoonflower but saw that they are not flame retardant and i have no idea how important that is or isn’t. thank you!

    • says

      I think flame retardant fabric is great for sleepwear and maybe bedding, but I haven’t heard of flame resistant curtains. Anyone else know?


    • beth says

      If you look into it, flame retardant fabrics won’t do much in the event of a fire. They work best to buy you a few seconds if your kid leans over a candle or someone smokes in the home. I personally prefer to skip them whenever possible, even for things like pajamas. We just size up a bit in natural fabrics like cotton (cotton PJs don’t have to be treated, but have to be sold as “form fitting” for that reason). I personally think this is an area where common sense should prevail. For our lifestyle, flame retardant fabrics just don’t make a lot of sense. Again, look into it but if (awful to think about) a house fire resulted, the flame retardant fabrics don’t do much. THey would help if a fabric curtain blew against a candle though, kwim?

    • beth says

      I should also add flame retardants like PBDE are hormone disruptors and mess with the thyroid. Most conventional mattresses have them, many electronics, certain fabrics, pillows, etc. The dust given off by those things has PBDEs, which aren’t great.

  7. liz says

    Gorgeous house! I love how cohesive all the rooms are without all being the same. She’s got some mad decorating skills!

  8. Carrie says

    My favorite has to be the master bath. Any chance we can find out which white paint she used in there and other white rooms in the house?

  9. says

    I’d like to just move in, thanks. That kitchen especially. Yum. I love the mix of bright and shiny with rustic. it’s the perfect masculine/feminine balance. Making notes for our dream home.
    Oh, and the tile in the kitchen? Drooling.

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