Happy Mother’s Day, my dear friends! I hope you are able to enjoy this special day surrounded by love. I will be celebrating it with my kids and my heart will be with my mother. I know that, although I am far away from her, love unites us.
Talking about love, I am sure you guys will love Leah’s home as much I do! As you will soon see, this is a place that is calm, peaceful and I’m sure it will help you start this week feeling a little more relaxed and with good energy around you.
Here, the sweet Leah explains more about her beautiful home:
“Hi everyone! My name is Leah of @bellsheepstudio. It is exciting to have this opportunity to welcome each of you into our home! I am so grateful that Luciane invited me to contribute to her Beautiful Homes of Instagram series, as I continue to find so much personal inspiration from Home Bunch.
My husband, Daniel and I have been married a little over three years now. We both grew up in Georgia and originally met as I was entering my senior year of high school. It wasn’t until eight year later that we reconnected and quickly realized we wanted to commit to choosing one another each day forward.
We spent our first two years of marriage in an apartment on the Westside of Atlanta. I loved the process of making the 700 sq. ft. feel like “us”, and it was there that we started to build our meaning of “home” together. We knew we wanted to stay in the city, so we would frequently drive through Atlanta neighborhoods dreaming and scouting potential houses. Surprisingly, we ended up finding a small lot and engaged Daniel’s brother, who owns a construction company.
I underestimated how much we would learn about ourselves and each other through the process of building our first home. It gave me a greater appreciation for design and Daniel continued to encourage me to embrace my passion for creating meaningful spaces. I was blown away by how much know-how and skill he has when it comes to construction. Many home projects later, I wonder if he regrets showing me all of his cards that soon.
Since moving in, we have tried to make decisions with our family value, “Open Home,” specifically in mind. This value serves as a reminder for us to practice hospitality. For me, this means believing that each person who comes through our door is significant and hoping that they will feel refreshed and valued from spending time with us in our home.
It has already been a joy to experience the fruit of opening our home! I hope that wherever you are today, you feel like a welcomed guest as you join me on this tour!”
Beautiful Homes of Instagram: Atlanta
We found a charming Southern Living House Plan and were able to make a few customizations to the layout. We also added several windows to bring more natural light into our home.
House Plan: Southern Living House Plan – Old Pond Place
Our Builder: Artisans of Atlanta.
Exterior Color Scheme
Before the footings were even poured, I had already dreamed up our exterior color scheme. My inspiration came from a charming Bed and Breakfast in Charleston, SC that I had absolutely fallen in love with! The siding is Sherwin Williams Repose Gray, with Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray on the door and shutters. Our exterior trim is Sherwin Williams Alabaster White.
Meet the Homeowner!
This is the talented and beautiful, Leah from @bellsheepstudio. Make sure to follow her on Instagram!
My goal when designing and decorating our porch was to make it feel like a warm welcome.
Outdoor Bench & Occasional Chair: World Market
Outdoor Coffee Table: World Market
White Planters: Target Geared Planter White – Project 62
Blue Porch Ceiling
One of my favorite things about our home is the blue porch ceiling. I have always loved this southern tradition, and whether or not it keeps “spirits” or “bugs” away it definitely adds a big dose of charm. I had trouble finding the right shade, and actually had to have it repainted because the first blue was a bit too bright. We ended up with Sherwin Williams Hinting Blue and could not be happier with how it turned out!
White Rocking Chairs: Wayfair
The grey front door is painted in Sherwin Williams SW 7017 Dorian Gray.
You had me at “hello”.
I wanted our living room to strike a balance between my two favorite descriptors, simple and cozy. I tried to achieve this through the use of simple lines mixed with cozy textures.
Dalia Chesterfield Sofas: Wayfair
Finn Hand-Knotted Rug: Pottery Barn
Fringe Velvet Pillows: Pottery Barn
We got our fiddle leaf fig tree from Home Depot and I think it adds a fresh feel to our living room. Apparently naming your tree helps you remember to care for it, so we call her Opal.
Faux Fiddle Tree: here
Similar Planter: here
To accentuate our tall ceilings and add drama to the design, I hung the curtains just below the crown molding.
Rods: here – similar.
Coffee table is from Wayfair.
I love how our white fireplace is the focal point of the living room. I ended up painting the inside of the firebox black to have our birch gas logs stand out a bit more.
Birch Gas Logs: Woodland Direct – similar here.
Washed Cane Chairs: Target Juniper Cane and White Washed Wood Barrel Chair – similar here.
The study is Daniel’s favorite spot in our house to begin his day drinking coffee and reading. I selected French doors so that this little space would still be open and feel like a part our main living area.
Blue Velvet Chairs
These velvet blue chairs were purchased from Home Goods before we even moved in. I typically purchase neutral furniture, but these were just too fun! The stools were a second-hand find that I recovered in a dainty navy and white herringbone fabric.
Desk & Rug
Wishbone Desk Chair: World Market
Jute Chenille Herringbone Rug: West Elm
Walls are Sherwin Williams Alabaster White.
Trim: Sherwin Williams Pure White.
Ceiling: Sherwin Williams Ceiling White.
When we were young my mom constantly had us in and out of antique shops. She definitely passed this ‘treasure hunting’ gene along to me! Our blue antique hutch was a Facebook Marketplace find. To bring the piece to life, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Aubusson Blue and sealed it with Annie Sloan Dark and Clear Wax.
To keep our shelves simple and neutral, I turned my antique book collection spine in.
Lighting is one of my favorite design elements, so I was ecstatic to find this modern chandelier at West Elm for our dining space. Our table was a hand-me-down from my mom that I stripped and white washed with leftover paint from our walls.
Globe Chandelier Light: West Elm, Sculptural Glass Globe Chandelier
Dining Room Side Chairs: Hayneedle
Dining Room Head Chairs: Wayfair
The dining room opens to a bright and functional white kitchen.
I always have loved a clean white kitchen, so I was set on having white cabinetry and countertops. We went with flat panel, shaker cabinets accented by 3×6 white subway tile.
We finished our countertops with a straight edge and slightly rounded corners. Our kitchen island measures 66in wide by 36in high.
We kept our paint color and flooring consistent throughout our home. Our floors are French oak, wide plank engineered hardwood from Home Depot.
I love adding different pieces to my ginger jar collection. These blue ginger jars are all from Home Goods and TJ Maxx.
Kitchen Faucet: Kingston Brass Polished Chrome.
Sink: here – similar.
Backsplash: White Subway Tile.
Dough Bowl: here – similar.
Our countertops are Eternal Statuario quartz by Silestone.
Kitchen Runner: World Market
I was looking for a way to cozy-up our guest bedroom, so we recently added this shiplap accent wall and hung the round mirror over the bed.
Round Mirror: Target Round Decorative Wall Mirror Brass – Project 62 – similar here & here.
White Nightstands: Wayfair
Crystal Chandelier: Wayfair
Gray Panel Headboard: Wayfair
Blue Tufted Foliage Rug: Anthropologie
I found this chest of drawers in a little antique shop and updated it with Amy Howard Chalk Paint in French Blue.
We currently have our letter board displaying our family values.
I went completely neutral in our bedroom (I count leopard as a neutral :)). I wanted it to be a calming retreat where we would truly feel relaxed.
Gray Tufted Headboard: One Kings Lane
Leopard Pillows: Etsy
The design inspiration for our bedroom is centered around this antique oil painting of sheep. I found this gem at a local auction, and it was the best $80 I have ever spent.
Beaded Chandelier: Wayfair
White Duvet: Pottery Barn
Mirror & Dresser
This antique gold mirror was Daniel’s grandmothers and we loved the opportunity to incorporate it.
My Papa (grandfather) made this beautiful little church and it is one of my most prized earthly possessions.
Lamps: Ralph Lauren Home from Home Goods – Similar: here.
For our bathroom, we went with large white subway laid in a herringbone mosaic on the floor. Surprisingly, our builder found this beautiful vanity at Costco and it was exactly what we were looking for!
Similar Bathroom Vanity: here (in Light Grey).
Bathroom Faucets: Kingston Brass Polished Chrome.
Vanity Sconces: Polished Nickel – Crate & Barrel.
Beige Vase – Target Vase Beige – Project 62.
Many thanks to Leah for sharing all of the details above. Make sure to follow her on Instagram to see more of her beautiful home!
Photography: Elizabeth Lauren Jones.
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