I am asked that question over and over again, and I absolutely love the answer because it is my favorite part of the house...the corbels! Looking at the picture it is hard to gauge how large they really are, but they are BIG! I needed seven total for the exterior and I refused to buy brand new ones and even have some made. I knew they had to be old, chippy and completely awesome! My lucky day arrived when I was shopping at one of my favorite spots in downtown Kalamazoo, The Heritage Company, and I ran into a gentlemen who happened to have exactly what I needed. After some sanding and a little paint, they are the crowning touch on this industrial farmhouse! We also used a dark gray metal roof, board and batten cement board, weathered brick, metal chimney cap, black rain chain, house numbers custom made on Etsy, and black windows. All those elements worked perfectly together to give this home a classic, yet very unique look, that is absolutely perfect for this young family!
The warm tones of the hardwood floors under foot make the entire main level feel warm and comfortable. Two different countertops were used, both quartz, giving the kitchen a lived-in look that is very pleasing to the eye. The mismatched lighting throughout the kitchen, as well as the entire home, was done intentionally to make it appear as though the home was built over time. The walls and ceiling are painted in a warm cream, and the trim and cabinets are the perfect off-white. By keeping those elements neutral, it allows the black windows, beams and brick to really pop! I also used cream curtain panels and cream shag rugs to help pull all the spaces together. Most of the furniture in the home came from KalamazooKitty, of course, as well as some other local shops in and around Kalamazoo, Michigan. The dining table and benches were custom made by the same craftsman who made the island. This farm table is the perfect spot to enjoy dinner with family or play a round of cards looking out over the water.
Her bathroom is conveniently attached to her room and has the same sheet vinyl on the floor with cream cabinets and gray walls. I wish you could see this vinyl in person! A barn wood mirror and metal light fixture give her everything she needs to get ready for school in the morning. Built-in shelves with metal bins are hidden behind the door and offer tons of storage for make-up and hairbrushes. I love to hang a window curtain instead of a shower curtain to add height to a small bathroom. Extra long, clear shower liners can be ordered online to keep the water in.
For a look at all the professional photos and a few of my unprofessional photos, click here!
This is from Kalamazoo...to you!