THE DESIGN GOALS

When we were asked to submit a design for the 44th Annual Bucks County Designer House and Gardens, I was immediately inspired to create a space that was evocative of vintage Parisian design. The industrial nature of French bistros in the early 19th century, lent itself well to the architecture of the 1860s farmhouse selected for the designer house, Peppermint Farm. 

I envisioned this space being used by the homeowners, a couple who have lived abroad in France and love to travel, but have chosen to settle down in a country home. They will sit at their bistro table to drink a cup of coffee in the morning while enjoying the newspaper or a favorite book.

I wanted it to feel like a retreat, but also cohesive with the architecture of the home. My muse for this space was a Parisian cafe with a collected global influence. I wanted to keep the palette mostly black and white, with shades of grey, brown and cream…. and plenty of lush greenery. This palette creates cohesion between the porch and the exterior architecture. I decided to use a mix of vintage and modern, man-made and natural materials to create an overall eclectic and slightly edgy vibe. 

THE DESIGN CHALLENGES- BEFORE PHOTOS

In executing our design, we were challenged by the condition of the existing concrete pad. It was mildewed and badly pitted which made cleaning it and prepping the surface for painting quite difficult. Another challenge we encountered was that we also didn’t have access to water during a large portion of the transformation phase, which made it beyond challenging to clean this space.

We were also challenged with the weather. It needed to sufficiently warm up before we could transform the space. Outdoor paint does not adhere properly when the temperatures are too low. We were left with just a couple of weeks before the house opened in which to fully transform this space.

AND to top it off, I decided to execute the transformation all by myself! It was quite the undertaking!

I will share more detailed information about the flooring transformation in a separate post.

THE DESIGN

The first time I viewed this space was on measuring day. I began my participation in the showhouse a little late, as I didn’t view the house in it’s original open house dates. Thankfully, I could visualize most of the design immediately upon seeing the space.

As soon as I parked and walked up to the house, I felt that the space needed movement to draw visitors into the front door. I began to see the transformation of the well-worn concrete pad into a painted harlequin floor that felt like it had been a part of the home for many years.

I also immediately saw a haint blue ceiling and draperies. The use of a blue ceiling in this space would serve to brighten it up, make the space feel larger, echo the sky and to honor the home’s history as a farmhouse. Draperies hung on every post would soften the architectural elements and truly transform the space into a retreat.

Since the space is fairly narrow, a bistro set and bench would work best for seating and provide an opportunity to mix materials in the space to create interest and depth. 

We created a 3D model of the space and physical design board to illustrate our design to the Showhouse board. This was just the initial design to illustrate the direction for the space.  Some of the elements were changed due to availability of materials and products or even a change in design direction. For instance, we changed the rug at the entry, because I wanted something that felt more modern and earthy than the plaid. I also changed the wall decor because I wanted to paint an abstract painting for the bistro area.

I also decided to include many small planters vs. larger planters. I wanted to create an eclectic space that felt earthy and layered. 

 

 

THE DESIGN COMPLETION

We love a good before and after….. and this project definitely didn’t disappoint!

See the stunning results below!

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