cool and collected.

We love easy updates that transform a room or house; especially ones that combine old with new.  We highlight three projects below from our friend Lori’s fab home that are perfect examples of balancing beauty, budget and an unexpected touch of history.

Lori and her family of six moved from a historic home into a more modern home last year.  She was determined to put her fingerprint on the new house and create a functional space for her family.  With a love for vintage and reclaimed pieces, she found a way to incorporate meaningful elements while keeping the style fresh, modern and eclectic!

Salvaged woodwork from an old school house is re-purposed as shelves in the kitchen dining area.  They create the perfect perch for displaying the kid’s artwork and family photos.

kitchen table – local Willows Bend // chairs (FAB price!!) // chandelier // spring watercolor print

wall + shelf color (benjamin moore cumulus cloud)


Wide plank, rough-sawn wood in a weathered grey color was added to the existing range hood.  It creates a nice focal point in the kitchen and adds a textural element to the cream colored cabinetry.

counter stools (local) similar here here here // pendant lighting similar here here here here here

The kids needed an easy place to throw jackets, bags and coats near the back entrance.  A hallway closet was converted into a locker-style nook with plenty of storage and most of all good looks.   

  seat cushion fabric  // baskets similar here

Finish carpentry by River Road Construction, New London // Cabinetry by Krug Galleries, New London.

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