Yup, we’re house crashing again- and this time we’re invading the home of a local celebrity of sorts. Lesley is the owner of Clementine, an über cool consignment shop in ever-popular Carytown (a street chock full of unique shops and eateries here in Richmond). And she and her husband Jeff graciously allowed us to snoop around their home and shoot some photos to share with you. Without further ado, their beautiful home.
From the moment we arrived, the yellow door with hand painted house numbers caught our attention. Lesley just printed out the numbers and transfered them onto the door with a pencil rubbing and tracing technique, painted them there with a thin brush, and viola- hand painted house numbers.
Once inside their 1940s home, you’re immediately struck by all the charming details – both inherent in the architecture and added by Lesley and Jeff’s eclectic decor. Here’s their calm blue living room accented with fun pops of color with a french door that leads to a sweet little screened-in sun porch (but more on that later).
A staircase off of the living room leads you upstairs to the attic which the couple finished themselves, thus turning a would-be storage space into an awesome office (complete with a lounge area and full bathroom). We love the dark beams that Jeff intentionally left exposed throughout the space, their serene and simple second bathroom (again, more on that later) and their quirky art collection. One of our favorite things about Lesley’s design sense was her ability to mix vintage art (snagged at thrift stores, estate sales, etc) and display it in unexpected spaces – like a small corner of the attic – without ever feeling cramped.
The vintage details and quirky accessories continued downstairs in the kitchen too, where their original tile countertop is still in great condition. We loved the charm of the wall-mounted faucet and the buddha head to watch over you as you do dishes.
Lesley and Jeff also proved that modest bathrooms can still feel light and airy. Their first-floor bathroom (below, left) features original tile on the floor and walls (subway tile = score) and bore an uncanny resemblance to our own bathroom. Although, I must say, we’re severely lacking in the whimsical white deer head department.
The new bathroom in the attic (below, right) is just as charming as the vintage one downstairs, complete with white wainscoting and warm wood floors that extend out into the office space to keep everything feeling seamless. They’re still finishing the upstairs shower (which promises to be large and unbelievably awesome) but we took inspiration from something that’s easier to make our own: an open linen closet (which has now added a new bathroom project to our list). Stay tuned for that in a week or two.
In their bedroom, Lesley and Jeff’s amazing color sense and original art collection are again on display. We were constantly impressed by their ability to use unexpected and intricate color combinations with finesse and style. We’re often not brave enough to try bold color schemes like this, but Lesley proves they can totally work. We also like how the monogrammed pillows and sleek wall-mounted lamps keep everything feeling super inviting.
Here are a few more examples of their playful collection of accessories. How cool is this arrangement of old serving trays-turned-art hung above an estate sale chair in the guest bedroom? And their bookcase in the dining room holds everything from the traditional (servingware, books, candles) to the unusual (a skull found in the middle of the desert).
And last but not least – we bring you the aforementioned screened in sun porch. In fact, this room- and the floor specifically- was the original reason for our visit. We heard about Lesley’s amazing stenciled concrete floor and needed to see it for ourselves. The stencils are from Sunny’s Goodtime Paint, a local paint store that’s starting to get national attention (check this month’s Domino). Lesley chose this fun repeating medallion and spaced it by eye for a punch of pattern. It looks amazing. And we may just pick up a stencil of our own and try our hand at stenciling our sunroom.
Thanks to Lesley and Jeff for letting us trapse through their home camera in hand. We walked away with tons of inspiration (linen closet, stenciled floor) but we wanna know what you took away from the tour. Feel free to sound off about your favorite details.
Eric Hundin says
I found your blog on MSN Search. Nice writing. I will check back to read more.
Jane McManus says
Leslie and Jeff seem really cool and I love the vintage chic!
Everything is so adorable–except the shoes on the bed. That makes me want to toss the comforter in boiling hot water.
What a lovely home! I’d love to do a similar stenciled floor in our home one day, it looks beautiful.
I love that last picture of the screened porch. I’m at a loss as to what to do with our screened porch since it just has wood planks for the floor. I’m afraid to put furniture out there (cracks = bugs)… I’d love to have a painted concrete floor – I need to look into what we’d need to do. Thanks for the great ideas – I would have never thought to stencil concrete. It almost looks like a rug. I’m also thinking of taking off the linen closet door in our hall bathroom to expose the shelves (and open it up). Can’t wait to see what you do with yours!
katie ukrop says
Love Lesley and LOVE her house! She always has the most creative touches—with everything she does. Really enjoyed the blog.
Exudes Richmond charm, a mix of old and new. This makes me miss the town of my alma mater! Love the yellow door…might get started on that this weekend.
This tour is making me rethink my current lets-neutralize-all-the-walls-in-the-house project, and I’m getting all nostalic about the charming kitchen tile countertop & faucet (EXACTLY like Lesley & Jeff’s!) that I had in my first apartment. I loved that kitchen.
Neat house, owned by a couple of good sports for letting you crash it! Thanks!
Jenny K says
Anyone know where that bedspread is from? I am looking for some fabric just like that…
Great post! They have such a lovely home!
Jen Berdux says
WOW! I’m not surprised that Lesley’s house reflects her fabulously fun spirit and personality. Thanks for the inspiration.
laura @ the shorehouse. says
I really love this house! It’s so warm and inviting, and when I can walk into a house (or a blog tour of one, at least!) and totally “get” someone’s personality just by looking around, that’s the sign of a real home to me. This one just also happens to be oozing with vintage charm, which makes me love it even more. Great tour…thanks for sharing!
Beautiful home! Love the stenciled concrete floor–so pretty!
So glad you all enjoyed our latest house crashing feature! We’re always trying to worm our way into fun and fabulous homes, so stay tuned for some more virtual house tours coming soon…
Is there any way I can get the brand/name of fabric used for the valance in the bathroom (the blue and white valance)? I’ve been looking for blue and white fabric that I love to make curtains…
Agree-shoes on the bed are narsty.
Mit Speck says
I think the blue and white fabric might be Indigo Inoteca, an outdoor fabric from Calico Corners. If not, it’s awfully similar and was featured on the cover of Country Living as daybed upholstery this spring and looked fantastic if you want
I absolutely love this house. It actually looks a lot like mine, which makes me very interested in how their converted attic is layed out. We are thinking about remodeling ours. Think you could post more pics of the upstairs? Especially the bathroom. Sloping roof lines and and a shower have us scratching our heads. Looking for ideas.
Unfortunately Lesley and Jeff no longer live here so we can’t post more photos. Maybe you can google “slanted ceiling bath” or “angled roof bathroom” for some ideas? Good luck!
I am living in Virginia as well and absolutely LOVE Carytown, and everything about Richmond! I adore your blog and look forward to it daily!
Where is their comforter from???
Here’s hoping they stop in with that info for ya!
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What a cool house.
Love the stenciled concrete! I think I need to do this. Did you ever complete this project?
We did! You can read it about it here: https://www.younghouselove.com/our-sunroom-mini-makeover-phase-three-2/
This is my favorite house you’ve crashed so far. It looks so well lived in, but clean/ happy, yet sophisticated/ and most of all beautiful, and welcoming. LOVE it!
My friends now live in this house! It’s such a great place!
No way! I love that!
Hi Sandra! You’re too funny. I bought this house from Jeff & Lesley in 2009 and I’ve always wondered what it was like when they lived here. Finding this post has been a dream come true. I’be loved every second of living here. Now to work up the courage to go visit Lesley at Clementines!
That’s so cool! You’re a lucky lady- we love that house!!
Brandy Roberts says
One of my favorite sections is House Crashers. Ofcourse, I like all your work. It is always so fun to see what someone else came up with and I love that you break it down. Sometimes you point out details that help the reader, like the table-video, that was awesome.
Lesley’s uses of color – I agree are bold and beautiful! I am a lover of mixing old and new. Those pieces that take you back to grandma’s but in a new and updated way.
Thank you for being so wonderful and for helping me to believe in myself! You are the bees knees in my book.
Thanks Brandy! You’re so sweet!