See the Transformation: Brick Colonial Turned Charming Farmhouse

family room with white couch
Photography by Lauren Shaver
mantle and TV
Photography by Lauren Shaver

Lauren’s favorite room, though, is the living room, which was also the first project she and her husband took on. “We spend the majority of our time as a family in that space, so it made sense to make it the first spot that really felt like home and reflected our own style before the rest of the house,” she says. “It was our escape from the chaos when the rest of the rooms were in mid-project mode.” Originally painted a bright yellow, the room now has a light and airy atmosphere thanks to a fresh coat of off-white paint and, once again, an abundance of windows. The couple also limewashed the red brick fireplace to match the home’s exterior and custom-built a window seat adjacent to a set of French doors that lead to the back porch.

Though the couple has two dogs and one daughter, with another child on the way, they aren’t afraid to use lighter fabrics, which is evident in their décor. “We’re big fans of slipcovers. If it’s washable, it’s my friend,” Lauren jokes. “We love vintage-style rugs, too, because they hide stains so well. We use weathered tables because if we bang them up, it just adds to the character.” In fact, Lauren paints and distresses much of her furniture herself, with a good deal of it being DIY projects that she picked up from thrift stores, including her gorgeous tufted coffee table.