When we bought our 100 year-old center entry colonial 8 years ago, we anticipated working on it over time to make it a fit for our family. But lately I feel like we've been perpetually under construction. Our last project, which started with a new garage and expanded to a concrete drive, new landscaping, redesigned blue stone patio and painting our entire exterior, lasted twice as long as expected.
Well, here we go again. This next project, our last in this house, includes tearing off an existing sunporch, rebuilding it as a fixed, separate-entrance studio space for Ash Street Interiors and expanding and reconfiguring a master suite above. Whenever we do a project here my goal is to maximize space, so I worked with our architect on an open concept master bath and closet using furniture pieces instead of a traditional closet build out. Demo begins next week so I figured I better start working on my design concept. I wanted something a little different than my usual style for this space and not overly feminine. And since I drive almost all of the design decisions in the house, with the exception of the family room fish mounts, I wanted to give a nod to the modern rustic vibe favored by Mr. Ash Street.
I love Arhaus for their rustic well-made pieces. They carry some of my favorite hide ottomans, rugs and chairs for adding a bit of that modern mountain vibe to a room. I looked there first for the Prairie Hide Ottoman and Darthmore Tray and ended up scheming an entire master closet layout from their sale pieces. Two of these Athens Modular Triple Display Cabinets, retrofitted with my favorite lucite hanging rods from Lux Hold Ups and backed in the fabulous embossed Kissimmee wallpaper from Thibaut, would make a killer closet storage piece. The oversized Serano Antique Frame Mirror has just the right amount of weathered shine and a slim enough profile that I could fit two into the design plan.
I'm imagining these open Palmer Bookcases for purses and boxes, flanking a built-in feature I've designed to store shoes and jewerly. The plush Sheepskin Rug and Pierce Upholstered Benches, recovered in Schumacher Newport Stripe, would round out the short wall providing both seating and storage. I fell in love with the antiqued glass beauty of their Laila Chandelier and while I'm not sure it will fit in the closet space, I added it in as a placeholder for the master plan (can't you just picture it above a bed?).
A cerised island with carerra marble top and custom hardware - lit from above by a pair of fabulous Arhaus Industrial Globe Pendants - adds more storage, counter space and task lighting, making this plan a total rustic glam winner. Click through the links to all my amazing Arhaus finds and follow along with this latest project here on my blog and on my Insta @ashstinteriors. The next big scheme is for our brand new studio space!