March 1, 2019
When a Needham couple with three young children spotted the perfect plot of land right in their neighborhood, they called upon Hawthorn Builders to build their forever home. The family had a “very specific set of wants and needs,” says vice president of business development & design Jessica Chabot, who took on the project. “The wife grew up on a farm, and was attached to that feel, but she also wanted a very modern aesthetic.”
To create the open, midcentury-inspired look the couple wanted, the team designed a home with high ceilings, light-colored walls, and simple trim. Chabot also focused on maximizing natural light within the space. For example, just as the team was getting ready to order windows for a small sitting area located off of the kitchen, Chabot saw an untapped opportunity. “I was standing in the house and the view was so great off the back, so I called up [the homeowners] and said, ‘Hey, why don’t we do floor-to-ceiling windows?’” she says. “It became a really nice feature in the space and makes it feel like you’re almost outside.”
Once the sun-filled structure was complete, Chabot set out to fill the space with a mix of modern pieces and farmhouse touches. In the living room, for instance, blue-velvet and leather sofas from West Elm pair with a reclaimed-wood mantle above the fireplace and the client’s own black-and-white farm animal photographs above the television. In the kitchen, white shiplap runs from the antique marble countertops up to the ceiling, while a neighboring bar area features a retro Walker Zanger backsplash comprised of colorful circles. For the minimalist master bathroom, Chabot added rustic flair by installing farmhouse sinks and incorporating natural common-pine shiplap. The end result of these marriages of opposites? A chic and cozy home with undeniable ease.