Mix old with new. The stainless steel cooktop and extra-thick quartz countertops create a modern kitchen, but one that retains and accentuates the home’s original rustic charm. Tip: Remove upper cabinets to create an open concept, streamlined feel.
Revamp original features. In this cozy area for kids, outfitted with a child-sized table and stools, the room features an original black-hinged, built-in cabinet that Sydney revamped with whitewashed doors and a coat of paint. It holds craft supplies and board games.
Decorate a landing with art. This piece fits perfectly on the first floor of Sydney’s studio-barn, and adds a touch of rustic beauty to a functional space. Tip: Whatever decor style you’re after, find art that complements your home’s overall feel.
Use woods that work. The combination of three different types (and shades) of wood in Sydney’s home — cedar walls, oak floors and pale-wood kitchen cabinets — feels serene and unified rather than mismatched because they all share the same tone.
Keep a neutral palette. Sydney chose to turn one of the barns into her work studio and white-washed the walls but left the exposed wood beams as is to give the space a fresh, yet serene feel. In her main home, Sydney lightened the walls and floors to give the space a softer look, and painted the dark-brown beams a warm grey to add some contrast.
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