By Elizabeth Troutman Adams
Photos by Shaun Ring
This home is a reflection of the family that laughs, loves and grows within its walls. From little rain boots tucked away in the mudroom to a backyard walking path that leads to a neatly mulched play set, visual cues around a home tell the story of a family. The owners of this Georgetown home designed kid-friendly spaces that are warm, whimsical and inviting for all ages. At the same time, the owners balanced child-friendly areas with adult-minded spaces that are modern and refined, to build a home that is beautifully adapted to the needs of an active family.
With its appealing Charleston-style structure, the home welcomes visitors at the curb with its stacked upper and lower patios supported by a series four white columns. The white trim and white garage provide a clean contrast to the nautical grey-blue hardy board exterior. An organized bed of shrubbery and floral arrangements, including magenta budding roses and tidy boxwoods, provide a pleasing barrier between the lawn and the lower patio, which is furnished with two friendly yellow benches covered with floral throw pillows.
On the first level, a main hall passes by the living room where most family time occurs. In a cool blue tone, the living room ceiling is trimmed in an elegant triple crown molding. A pair of angled moss couches point toward a tufted coral ottoman and a slate hearth and fireplace, with custom shelving holding family portraits on either side. An entryway from the living room enters into the working area of the kitchen, which contains a built-in double oven and vast space for storage in tall distressed cabinets. Spacious granite countertops are complemented by a peacock-tone inspired backsplash. The countertops end at a trio of wooden stools at the breakfast bar.
The kitchen transitions seamlessly into a blue-shade dining room where a rustic Pier 1 table is matched with six gunmetal chairs from Restoration Hardware, all over a traditional burnt red rug.
A mudroom is accessible from the garage, where the kids drop their coats, backpacks and shoes.
From the dining room, guests will step onto the screened-in sunroom that’s furnished with a cozy cushioned wrap-around wicker couch. A corner exit from the sunroom leads to the upper back deck, which holds an outdoor dining set with an umbrella. The homeowners built many of the customized features for their home, including the deck.
To the left of the sunroom, an entryway leads indoors to the master bedroom, which provides a window view of the outdoor dining area from a velvet chaise lounge chair. The only room in the home with plush cream carpet, the parent’s room feels intimate but open with its vaulted ceiling. A low-set master bed is flanked by two silver bed stands and backed up to a silver tufted headboard. The bedroom flows naturally into the left-side master bathroom. Mahogany vanity cabinets are topped with grey granite in this tranquil Asian-inspired bathroom with earth-toned slate flooring. In the corner of the bathroom, a luxurious built-in Jacuzzi receives natural light from two corner windows.
A curled maple banister and iron-railed stairway leads directly to the upper level – the location of the three kids’ bedrooms and a shared learning library. Light maple wood floors lead to a large foyer that the homeowners transformed into a multipurpose library for the kids. The far painted blue accent wall depicts a life-size decal of a wise owl in a tree. In this area, children enjoy educational activities on a corkboard, white erase board and chalkboard mounted on the left side of the room. The right side wall is packed to the ceiling with custom built white shelving, which holds books, artwork, a globe and various games.
An endearing room colored in sweet tones of pink and turquoise belongs to the homeowners’ daughter. A classic white bed fitted with a bold aqua comforter and an embroidered pillow stands over a raspberry carpet. A shiny-framed mirror and a sparkling light fixture are other glimmering details in this room. The homeowners refurbished a handed-down desk, painting it a bold turquoise and placing the piece in an offset study area that also contains a fun hanging chair and pink floor cushions.
The youngest son’s bedroom speaks to every little boy’s fascination with all things mobile – cars, trucks, bicycles and trains. A fun mobile of spinning trucks and cars floats from the ceiling. A navy blue braided rug partially covers the wood floors of this chocolate-toned room with a high vaulted ceiling. The homeowners installed special lights and custom wall-attached book holders within pillow’s reach to encourage nighttime reading. A bay window bench fitted with crimson cushions provides another cozy location for reading, with custom white shelving on either side for an ample amount of toy storage in gingham print wicker baskets.
The younger boy’s room extends into a Jack & Jill bathroom, which connects to the older boy’s bedroom, a larger room with golden beige walls and white beadbord wainscoting. In place of a headboard, a rustic canvass covered in an array of road sign symbols is mounted behind the bed. Floor-length navy drapes hang alongside windows looking out onto the upper front deck. A small walnut desk accommodates study time, and the room’s foosball table, dartboards and a leather chair are ideal for hanging out with friends.
Climbing down a cement stairway creatively painted in soft blue and white stripes, guests enter the kids’ domain. A playroom paradise, the basement boasts a Cedar Works indoor play set and foam flooring to keep the kids busy in all seasons and all weather. Tiny nooks in the walls provide the kids with individualized play spaces where adults can’t intrude – or even fit inside. The room also includes a wooden art table surrounded by a series of windows decorated in floor-length drapes in an animated floral print. A portion of the room is sectioned off for adult leisure activity, with a stone fireplace, red sitting chairs, a caramel leather couch and a flat screen TV.
Family time continues outdoors with an expansive stone-paved patio area well-equipped for play dates, cookouts, birthday parties or outdoor family time on Saturday afternoons. A corner stone fireplace sitting area provides added warmth, with stone bench extensions that are stacked with red and beige striped throw pillows. An abundance of furnishing sets, including a nest swing, are situated across the patio, which overlooks a lower-tier outdoor play set with safe rubber mulch. The play set is neatly contained by stonewalls and lovely landscaping elements. The backyard ends at an open field – a view from the patio that the homeowners don’t mind taking in at all.