Yay! We finally went through over 1,000 photos that we snapped during our ATL adventure and we cobbled together the first of a few House Crashing posts for ya. This one is all thanks to Jae, who lives in the Atlanta area, and invited us over to snoop around and take some pics. Her house is an awesome example of embracing color and boldness in some spaces, while balancing it with light and airy rooms. Such a fun mix. So without further ado, let’s get crashing…
Look, here’s Jae to welcome us in. She could not have been sweeter in person. We were laughing the whole time we were there (Katie B came too and we all chatted like old friends). And you know we loved her yellow door!
When you step into the foyer, there’s a boldly painted dining room on the left, with bright patterned curtains and lots of cheerful art. This house totally “happies you up” the second you step inside. And the black and white striped rug mixed with those black frames was such a fun play with all of the white trim and beadboard going on as well. See, Jae is all about the mix.
Here’s another shot of her gorgeous dining room, complete with a dining set that she found on craigslist (she painted and upholstered the chairs herself)!
I told you Jae has a great sense of humor. We laughed so hard when we saw “House Crashed!” written on her chalkboard in honor of our arrival.
I was in love with all of the over-sized glass vases that Jae had collected over time and sprinkled throughout her house (some with fresh and free branches from outside). Now we’re in the eating nook of her soothing and serene kitchen. I could totally have sat down and helped myself to some tea and biscoti. But I resisted in the name of chatting up Jae to learn more about her house while John snapped away in the background.
Here’s the other side of the kitchen, complete with glass fronted cabinets, pretty flecked granite counters…
… and the most gorgeous mosaic marble tile for the backsplash. Seriously I petted it. Couldn’t. Help. Myself. And perhaps my favorite decision in the entire space was the black window sash. It was STUNNING in person. This awesome shot of drama in a serene and airy space. In other words: momma likey.
Here’s a shot of the peninsula area with industrial stools, a stainless range hood, and pretty corner shelves for all of Jae’s pretty things.
Off of the kitchen was this laundry room/pantry (the left wall had floating shelves that were so handy for kitchen leftovers like dishes and bottled drinks and stuff). And check out that clothespin chandelier inspired by ours. We totally blushed. It was an awesome little room. And for those with wood trim, we were happy to see it here- so you can see how wood trim looks nice with other wood-colors accents (like the wooden clothespins that make up the light and the wood-toned woven basket on that shelf on the left).
Speaking of dark trim, Jae’s living room actually had dark brick, and original wood trim along with a wood fireplace surround! Again we were happy to see it since so many homes we crash seem to have white trim going on. This space definitely still felt crisp and welcoming while also being cozy and warm. And Jae talked to me and Katie about poly-staining the wood (so it’s all a richer tone, like dark walnut) since her husband doesn’t want to paint it. Sounds awesome, right? Here’s hoping she keeps us posted! Oh and that pretty mirror above the fireplace is from Ross and the next item on Jae’s to-do list is to replace that fan.
This is my favorite detail of the living room, since everything from the cork-filled glass lamp to the pop of blue in the purse and pouf (from Joss and Main) made me smile. Oh and the console/desk is from Target.
Now let’s make our way upstairs to the serene and completely welcoming bedroom. Isn’t it like a breath of fresh air? Jae and her husband added the wainscoting to the back wall to ground the bed, which was actually free! Yup, she traded her old bed with a friend who liked hers better since she preferred this sleigh bed that her friend owned. Talk about a smart trade. I loved that. And see that skirted table next to the bed? Totally a cheap-o thrift store table that she and her mom slipcovered for a nice elegant look. You’d never guess a tired old table is hiding under there.
And once again, being true to her playful side, I loved that Jae used ornaments as monograms to mark her side of the bed and her husband’s.
Oh and this is a sneak peek into the bathroom that they’re still in the middle of renovating (here’s hoping she sends pics when they’re all done). We couldn’t take a panned out shot of the room since it was half-done, but we convinced Jae to let us share this detail since that double sink is actually a dresser that her hubby converted into a vanity by adding two sinks and faucets along with a slab of granite to the top. Can’t wait to see how the whole room turns out!
So a huge thanks goes out to Jae, for so graciously letting us snoop around and snap pictures to share with you guys! You can see more of Jae’s awesome house on her blog. But first let’s play the what’s-your-favorite-part-game. Mine is totally that black window sash in the kitchen and the charming come-hither laundry room (yes, in person it basically seduced me). And John can’t get over their amazing kitchen and that awesome double sink that they DIYed.
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Three words: Giant Fireplace Clamshell. Apparently they’re all the rage. :)
SO BEAUTIFUL! I love the mix of traditional and modern.
Roxanne M says
I love the entire house! Here’s an odd question for you…is that a Modalu purse in the living room? It’s so pretty!
I hope Jae drops in with that info for ya!
It’s a Dooney & Bourke.
It’s impossible to pick one favourite thing, I love this house that much! A special mention to the lovely blue paint colour/s used around the place though, I’m looking for something similar at the moment.
Camels & Chocolate says
We’re about to own our first house (a 1899 Victorian! squee!) so I love this series of House Crashing. It’s so helpful to see a lot of tips and ideas from a bevy of different homes.
Megan Cuy Castellanos says
This has nothing to do with house crashing, I just wanted to tell you that I’m totally excited because I JUST preordered the Young House Love book! Woohoo! So excited for November!
Aw thanks so much Megan! So excited over here!!!
Beautiful home – so warm and welcoming!
Jenn @therebelchick says
I love Jae’s house! I especially have fireplace envy. I wonder how an animal print rug would look in my dining room? LOL!
Megan Marie says
Hey YHL family!
Just wanted to say THANK YOU for your daily posts. I am a 28 year old artist living the in Midwest.
I am in the middle of prosecuting my great-uncle for nearly 20 years old childhood sexual abuse. I use home decor, painting, sewing, DIYing, thrifting, etc. to keep my mind and body busy through these long months of this trial!
Just wanted to let you know I happened to stumble upon your blog six months ago when the trial began and I have found GREAT strength and inspiration to keep moving on with life and my natural creative state of being despite this strenuous trial which made national news.
It’s nice to read a blog about a family similar to my own which love color, DIY, and creativity. Your blog motivates me to keep up on my projects and artwork even when things get rough.
Thanks again for everything you do-keep up the hard work! You are helping people more than you may even know…
Peace and Love
Aw Megan, that’s so touching to hear. I’m so sorry for all of the terribly things you’ve gone through and I’m so glad that you have turned to DIY and craftiness to keep you going! It’s such a worthwhile and rewarding hobby, and I’m so glad to hear that our little old blog makes you smile. Lots of love coming your way!!!
Sherry (& John)
I think the house looks so inspired by yours!! ;)) Did u think so too….
I definitely thought some rooms were brave and nothing like anything we’ve done (like the red dining room with the teal curtains and beadboard- so in love). It was an awesome mix of bold and soft!
Angela N says
Beautiful!! I have the same console desk from Target. Mine came to me by way of CL though. ;-)
I love that she/you shows the front of her home. I have found so many home tours that do not show the front… why is that?? I want to see what they’re working with!
The homeowners tell us parts of the house they want to share and sometimes it’s a shot from the curb and sometimes it’s not. I think a lot of us can relate to spending lots of time on the inside and not wanting to show off the outside just yet- haha.
Jae is a person after my own heart. I love her sense of color — we’re color soul sisters! My favorite is her mosaic tile kitchen backsplash… and the dining room curtains… and the sleigh bed… oh heck, I like it all!
I really like the trim in the living room. I can’t recall seeing non-white crown molding, and it all ties together so nicely and makes it look cozy.
Loved her bold sense of style! Way to go, Jae! Quick question, do you know about her entryway art? I loved all the prints and am wondering if she designed them or if she purchased them somewhere. Happy Home-making!
I think a lot of it was from Etsy and Pinterest! Here’s hoping Jae can drop in with those details!
Yes, from Pinterest, just printed them out and framed.
Jill Stigs says
OMG…………the kitchen. Seriously gorgeous. Whole house is wonderful, but I would live in that kitchen.
Love every crashed inch of this house! I think the dining chairs are my favorite, and I plan on stealing her monogram idea for each side of the bed!
So much to love! I really like the tailored skirt on the side table next to the bed. It looks so finished.
I think it’s really nice to see wood trim. I am always struggling because we bought a house two years ago with wood trim. I’d like to see more inspiration pics with wood trim, since it’s white trim isall the rage now. We also have wood paneled doors that I love. It gets dark easily. THanks for the house crash! Doesn’t everyone love seeing how others live??
Love all the happy colors in this house. So cozy! My favorite part is all the lovely glass bottles throughout the house.
Maria @ All Things Luxurious says
The whole house is beautiful, but my favorite part would have to be the dresser used as a sink in the bathroom! So beautiful! My mother- and father-in-law did this in their powder bathroom, and it is one of my favorite rooms in the house! Love it, love it! Thanks for sharing. :-)
Amazing! Jae, will you trade your bed with me??
Jessica R. says
Beautiful! Loved, loved, loved the kitchen! I would have never thought to paint the window sash black but it looks amazing! Also really loved the entryway; mixing the black and white rug with all of the colored prints is awesome. I spied a Lucas Art print; love his work!
i was thinking about this color scheme just this morning! we have a lot of turquoise/teal and lime green going on but i was just considering adding some coral. and here it is! well, maybe hers is more red than coral, but it helps me imagine it better. and i love the quirky touches too.
I really love her yellow door, but I think what I love the most is her dining room! I love the bright walls with those pretty blue curtains!
I’ve been reading YHL for years, but I have to say, I think this is my FAVORITE house crashed house! I love everything about it, especially all the fun, little details like the monogrammed tags in the lamp in the bedroom to the black window sash! I seriously loved this so much!
Aw thanks Steph!
LOVE the red & turquoise, b&w striped rug & artwork!
I can’t wait to see what she does with the ceiling fan. I have 3 hideous beasts that I’ve spent WAY too much time thinking about. Taking them down isn’t an option since we use them 85% of the time (we live in FL.)
Oh my…. love the house, Jae!!!!
I think my absolute favorite thing just has to be her accessorizing. The house is gorgeous, but the extra little touches just make it. The artwork (Food.. I love you! and YUM letters) in the foyer and all over, the pops of color.. all just complete each room.
Oh-Em-Gee!!! That kitchen is to die for! i love it! And I also loved the dining room curtains!!!!!
Jae, I enjoyed seeing your beautiful home. My favorites were the kitchen and laundry room! So pretty!
I am a little jealous of that yellow front door. I would love to do that, but my condo/townhome HOA would freak out!
The tile over the kitchen window absolutely slayed me!
Whitley S. says
Can we just say WOW to that kitchen! Every picture y’all took was magazine worthy, especially the window shot. Although I must admit that my favorite detail was the “YUM” above the door :)
I am loving the black window sash in the kitchen. That is such a fun way to add a pop of color or boldness. I may have to convince my father to paint his kitchen window sashes cobalt blue or a bright mustard yellow. Decisions.
Love the bedroom!!!
Wow! Jae has unbelievably great taste! Super impressed with he place!
Tamara Manning says
I have been thinking about the black window sash and I completely agree with you. Last night it dawned on me that I can steal this idea for myself, it’s different room, different window, but it’s the solution I was looking for. Thanks to Jae for sharing with you and us, her place is gorgeous.
Jae, love the backsplash marble tile. I’ve been trying to find it for day’s…. Please please tell where I can get it!
Sure – the mosaic tile is carrara white marble and we got it from Floor & Decor. http://www.flooranddecoroutlets.com/s31100238.html
House extension architect @ GOAStudio London says
I have just discovered your blog (from across the Pond!) and I think I might just be a regular here, such an amazing idea to do this photo-report houses for others to see.
This house… Well, so eclectic in its choice of styles! My favourite little detail probably is that black window in the pretty white and smart kitchen. It’s a fun house!
I just realized this house is similar to the new house you guys just bought!
The outside of this house totally resembles your guys’ new place! I know the porch is different, etc but at first glance I thought “Did they previously house crash that place?!”
So funny! It totally does!
The best part, when your’re a guest, is the smell of bread baking, getting a mint on your pillow & walking around to enjoy all the loving touches up close. Great eye for, Jameika.