A Neutral Chic Nest

By Katie Faulkner  |  Photos provided by Philip Slowiak

 


For Kim and Andy Andrews, their neutral chic family home perfectly embodies their affinity for clean lines and crisp color schemes. European architecture and exteriors create a modern twist on an English cottage. Paired with white brick and wood shake siding, naturally stained wooden columns and window boxes help define the home’s structure and high-end design. Neatly tailored evergreen landscaping brings a balance and vibrance to the exteriors’ neutral color scheme – all by design.

After living in Cleveland, Tennessee for 18 years, the Andrews temporarily relocated to Ohio for Andy’s job before eventually relocating back to Chattanooga. Once they settled on a location, they began building this airy cottage, and moved in during 2015. Even with fun-loving, eight-year-old twin boys at home, the Andrews cultivated an intrinsic sense of order and calm within their new residence.

Once inside the naturally finished, arched French doorway, the immaculate attention to detail is immediately evident. “I really love clean lines and bright colors with lots of light,” Kim says of the interior design. She also enjoys a touch of finery for an elevated aesthetic, but avoids anything overwhelming. Posh light fixtures and subtle enhancements in material choices lend a hint of sparkle to several spaces in the Andrews’s home, including the traditional chandelier in the foyer. Another consistent note can be found in the bright neutrals which envelop each room’s styling in order to balance these chicer elements.


 

Next to the entryway is another example of the home’s equitable mix of ornate furnishings and simplicity – the formal dining room. In this room, linen slip-covered chairs surround a more rustic, dual pedestal table. A coffered ceiling and decorative hybrid pendant light add a traditional-meets-modern source of elevated visual interest.

A butler’s pantry connects the dining room to the kitchen. In this space, Kim has her most utilized cooking essentials perfectly organized and quickly accessible. “We use this room all the time!” Kim says. “It’s wonderful for preparing a family meal, yes, but it’s also extremely functional and great to have when we entertain guests.”

Moving through to the kitchen, Kim’s preference for straight lines and crisp colors is echoed in everything from the beams to the hardware. With straight-lined door paneling on all cabinets and crown moulding, straight, stainless drawer pulls, and an orderly beveled subway tile backsplash, the clean composition and crisp white backdrop set a polished stage for subtly definitive décor. A faint hint of industrial charm can be detected in an antique scale on the breakfast nook table and the iron-legged swivel stools tucked neatly under the counter. Boxwood topiaries and elegant, wood-based cake stands round out the room with homey charm.

Connecting to the kitchen is their formal living room. An extra-wide gas fireplace framed in white marble is the focal point of an ornately paneled wall. With the focal fireplace flanked by two brass lamp sconces and flax-hued bergere chairs, symmetry is a foundational element in this room. “One of the reasons I love neutrals so much is because I really love interior design and I like to change things up a lot. So the neutral tones are a perfect backdrop to switch out other elements for a different look,” Kim explains.   

Upstairs, the Andrews family has more rooms for entertainment. The landing was fully furnished in order to function as extra seating space beside the theater room. “I’m so glad that I arranged the landing as another seating area, because when we have a bunch of people over to watch football games, the ladies always end up sitting out there to talk. You’re still part of the fun, but it’s a more quite conversation area.”

A state-of-the-art theater room is a center of entertainment and tradition in the Andrews’s home. In addition to making an impressive area to entertain during football games and other events, it also makes a top-notch, cozy spot for quality family time. “Every Friday night is family night, and we don’t miss it. The boys are adamant about it!” Kim shares. “They love family night because it’s the only night of the week that they get to stay up past their curfew, we always order a pizza, and they pick the movie that we’ll watch. They look so forward to it that they won’t even eat pizza the rest of the week because they’re saving it for Friday night,” she says.

Another area the boys spend a lot of time in is their shared, extra-large bedroom. A youthful yet rugged style was accomplished with ample industrial touches. A rolling ladder on the bookcase, stocked with gear wheels and marquee style letters, immediately sets the boyish tone. Mixing metals with naturally finished wood continues the more masculine feel. Matching oil-rubbed brass, faux-pipe bed frames maintain the room’s straight lines and bradded leather chairs provide more male-oriented styling. “I really wanted it to feel like a boys’ space in here, compared to the rest of the house,” Kim says, “And the boys spend tons of time playing up here. It’s so great for them to have enough room to play together.”

The master bed and bathroom are no exception to Kim’s peaceful neutral preference. An exposed brick wall, painted white, balances out more fanciful features of the master bedroom, such as a silver chandelier, tufted bed, and chenille animal print throw. “The brick wall in the bedroom might be my favorite part of the whole house,” Kim says. Matching nightstands with matching clear lamps lend a tranquil symmetry to this room as well. Unencumbered with clutter, the master bedroom is a perfect place to clear the mind and find rest.

Incorporating a gentle combination of beiges and grays, a luxurious en suite continues the Zen-like simplicity. A smaller, silver pendant light above the spacious soaking tub matches the bedroom’s chandelier and the dual vanities’ sconces. Straight-lined plumbing fixtures and crystal vanity hardware echo the rest of the home’s cabinetry and Kim’s admitted penchant for “neutral chic with just a little bling,” as she refers to it.

With a cohesive neutral color palatte and straight clean lines, the Andrews’s home shows impeccable attention to materials, room flow, and detail. Crisp contrasts of intermittent greenery and industrial flair blend with crystal drawer pulls and chandeliers to create this family’s uniquely personal, relaxing retreat. From the neighborhood lifestyle they love, to birthday parties, family nights, and more, Kim says, “We’ve loved living here!”

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