Two years ago, back autogenous artist Kelly Hopkins Brown and her husband, Greg Brown, viewed the abode breadth they now reside, it was a midcentury agronomical with a blooming exterior, aphotic copse cabinets and low ceilings.
But it additionally had a abundant backyard abounding of close plants, and Hopkins Brown saw the achievability of article absolutely altered — a abode breadth she could allow her adulation of blush and arrangement in animated Approach Beach-meets-Grandmillenial style.
As a academy student, Hopkins Brown took architecture courses and endemic a retail business where she acquired acquaintance in home decor, but it wasn’t until afterwards she’d pursued several added career paths and aloft a ancestors that she was able to acknowledgment to her adulation of design.
A channelled brass-finished wrought adamant ablaze accoutrement adds origami-like textures in a sitting room.
Today, she runs KHB Interiors, with an appointment on Metairie Road. While she’s dabbled in the mostly white interiors that abounding New Orleanians prefer, she says ablaze interiors are her preference, and in the accomplished four years, she has accepted her affection for bright, airy palettes.
Her own home draws heavily on the acceptable elements about begin in Approach Beach cottages and villas. There are active corals, greens, pinks and blues; bamboo and best furniture; floral, palm, blade and filigree motifs; covering stripes; and touches of chinoiserie.
Grandmillenial describes the blithely layered, well-collected artful actuality adored and accustomed a beginning aberration by millennials, now in their 20s and 30s.
Kelly Hopkins Brown uses a mix of Approach Beach appearance and acceptable elements in her Old Metairie home.
A alarm acknowledgment to the minimalist monochromatic architecture scapes of the aftermost several decades, it incorporates traditionalist influences — anticipate archetypal wallpapers, pleated lampshades, botanicals, blue-and-white ceramics, skirted furniture, cane, cobweb and Staffordshire dogs — that ability accept been begin in their grandmothers’ houses, and updates them by bond in avant-garde pieces.
When the Browns begin their house, it met several requirements on Hopkins Brown’s ambition list. It was not accessible abstraction like their antecedent home, which offered little privacy. With bristles bedrooms, the brace could anniversary accept a home appointment (Greg Brown is a bounded allowance sales manager) and still accept two bedfellow apartment to board their three sons and their spouses back visiting.
A bank of windows in the kitchen brings in the sunlight, and the abundant greenery of the backyard sets the accent for the active florals inside.
What absolutely set the abode apart, though, was the ample backyard affected by adhering albatross ears, Monstera and ambrosial amber and absolutely arresting from the kitchen’s bank of windows.
They bought the abode during the aboriginal year of the pandemic, but Hopkins Brown still was able to acclimate the amplitude in three months. She renewed the kitchen with quartzite counters (white on the counters and a abundantly coarse blue-green on the island) and ample porcelain-tile floors.
Existing cabinets were corrective white and the abject of the island ablaze azure to aces up the blush of the quartzite top. She additionally added new hardware.
The kitchen’s white cabinets, quartzite counters and porcelain-tile floors set the accomplishments for the teal-blue island and ablaze floral bolt on the adverse chairs.
The appearance of the backyard set the accent for the animated floral she chose for the adverse chairs, the garden-inspired rug in the breakfast breadth and the cabana band of the chairs about the table.
The appearance in the kitchen was such a draw that the Browns again the aftereffect in the adjoining ancestors allowance and sitting area. Breadth there was a distinct window, there are now three.
Hopkins Brown additionally agitated the aforementioned blush palette through to those rooms, accomplishments the alloy of colors with white walls and adipose basement but at the aforementioned time bond patterns freely: chinoiserie drapery, a adjudicator band custom ottoman; and leopard, floral, abstruse and chinoiserie pillows.
Wallpaper with a ample floral arrangement is centermost date in the dining room, breadth walls, ceramics chiffonier and draperies stick to white.
New congenital bookshelves corrective affluent Dutch dejected are accustomed a alluring accomplishment with gold-toned Hollywood Regency hardware, a 20th-century appearance referenced generally in the house.
Art, sconces and accessories, including a close bandy layered aloft one of the white hinge chairs and banana-leaf ceramics army abreast the television, actor the alien affectation of greenery affected by the windows.
Bold wallpapers dress the dining allowance and three of the anew adapted bathrooms (including one with life-size peacocks). The white of the dining room’s wainscoting, accoutrement and best ceramics chiffonier atmosphere the appulse of the ample blossoms aggressive the walls.
Life-size peacocks strut beyond the ablaze walls of an admiral bath.
But in an admiral bath, Hopkins Brown added arrangement on top of pattern, bond a blooming filigree wallpaper, cabinets with a agnate filigree relief, and a aristocratic blue-and-white hexagon asphalt attic to heighten the aftereffect of the clear walls.
“The key is the patterns charge be badly different, and it’s based on the blush scheme,” said Hopkins Brown. “In that room, I use commutual colors.”
Hopkins Brown says bodies are generally afraid of committing to pattern, but wallpaper in a crumb allowance is a abundant antidote.
Outside basement makes the blooming backyard a absolute atom for relaxing.
“Everyone sees it … but it’s not in their face.”
While ample ablaze accessories ability be counterintuitive for low ceilings, Hopkins Brown acclimated them throughout the abode to accomplish the apartment assume larger.
“There is absolutely a way you admeasurement for ablaze accessories back ceilings are lower, but I consistently calibration up in size,” she said. “It’s an illusion, but it works.”
In an admiral bath, trestle-patterned dejected cabinetry and green-and-white wallpaper are commutual with a aristocratic blue-and-white hexagon asphalt attic to heighten the aftereffect of the clear walls.
A academic clear chandelier afraid low in the foyer, colossal bamboo lanterns aloft the kitchen island, and a channelled assumption origami-like accoutrement in the sitting allowance accent the abode with a avant-garde booty on old school.
Hopkins Brown is consistently on the coursing for pieces from added eras to assignment into her décor. The dining room’s 1970s ceramics chiffonier and the active room’s cocktail table are both best chinoiserie finds that she repurposed with white paint. The bamboo chairs about the breakfast table are best as well.
Hopkins Brown knows able-bodied the appulse that architecture can have, whatever an individual’s tastes. It can change a accomplished mood, attitude and mindset, she said.
“A accurately advised and beautifully busy home or room, at a assertive level, can accomplish you happy.”
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