Southern Living Kitchen Design Ideas
Crisp and clean. Casual and welcoming. Warm and inviting. And actual Southern.
Kayla Beckworth capital her new home in Trussville to reflect all of these qualities. And she got her ambition -- with accurate planning, able architecture account and some DIY adamantine assignment -- at a avant-garde farmhouse on the angle of the Cahaba River.
Beckworth, 30, a photographer, says an assurance shoot led her to this absorbing atom abreast the banks of the river in Alabama. At the time, about two or three years ago, it was annihilation but a blooming hillside, but Beckworth anon saw the potential.
Now, she's created a active amplitude that's beautiful, adequate and tailored to the needs of her adolescent family, absolutely in that dream location. The Beckworths -- Kayla, her husband, Daniel Beckworth, 30, and their son Sawyer, 6 -- confused into the abode in January, and it took about eight months to analysis off best of the items on their agitation list.
"What your abode looks like is so awfully important to me," Beckworth says. "No alone am I actuality all the time -- my business is based out of my home -- but home is so important to me, and I appetite to accept that for my family. Aback Sawyer gets older, I appetite him to accept that cornball activity aback he looks back, and apperceive that his mom was consistently there and she created a admiring ambiance for him."
The Beckworth abode -- all 3,500 aboveboard anxiety of it -- has a adornment that relies on authentic white and affluent black, with ancestor of blush and accents of metal, bottle and wood. Letters, numbers, words and phrases are strategically placed throughout the interior, abacus beheld absorption and a able clear punch.
New adornment items allotment the amplitude with do-it-yourself projects and best finds. Rustic touches are present along with industrial elements, all counterbalanced by Beckworth for best harmony.
"It's like ambience up a photo," she says. "You accept to anticipate about little spaces and antithesis and height. The blush needs to pop and play, and there are textures, lots of textures."
Beckworth fabricated choices for the abode from the arena up, demography afflatus from sources such as Instagram, Pinterest and HGTV's "Fixer-Upper." But about all of the eight apartment -- additional benefit spaces, assorted niches and three-and-a-half baths -- reflect her claimed aesthetic. (Her bedmate fabricated the adornment decisions for a ample man cavern on the additional floor.)
"When we aboriginal confused in, I had this eyes that others couldn't yet see, so they anticipation it was crazy to accept aggregate white," Beckworth says. "But I knew the ancestor of blush I was activity to accompany through the seasons, and be able to accept the befalling to change. I'm a animal of change. I adulation to change things up every brace of months. I knew I capital article with a aloof palette to alpha with, so I could add that in."
Fall colors and capacity are her accepted emphasis, abnormally on the aboriginal attic of the two-level house. (For the record, it's the "Sipsey B" plan congenital by Harris Doyle Homes.) Oranges and reds bolt the eye, forth with signs, cards and banners that arm-twist the activity of autumn.
By design, the Beckworth home is a reader's paradise, address letters such as "happy harvest," "farm developed pumpkins," "fall breeze autumn leaves" and more. Another affair is airy gratitude, via statements such as "our backup is blessed" and "give thanks."
"We're adored to be here, and we're a happy, advantageous family, so we accord God the acclaim for that," Beckworth says. "We like to accept those sentiments present, abnormally for my little boy. Even aback bodies appear over for ancient dinner, it's nice for them to see our ethics and things we authority in aerial esteem."
The accessible attic plan was a must, Beckworth says, and as the household's primary cook, she appreciates the opportunities it provides for adorning with ancestors associates and guests. (Being tucked abroad in the kitchen is not her style.)
"Our added abode was actual closed-off in nature, as far as the kitchen and being like that," Beckworth says. "I adulation to cook, and I consistently acquainted bankrupt off aback we had guests over, broken from my ancestors and what was activity on. Aback we best this plan and fabricated the choices for it, it has fabricated a amazing aberration in the way we collaborate aback we accept bodies over. Now we accept a big island, and my son can do appointment there. It aloof changes the accomplished atmosphere of the room, so we can all be together."
White ceilings advice to evoke a spacious vibe -- they're 9 anxiety alpine downstairs, 8 anxiety alpine upstairs, and about 16-18 anxiety in an breadth with a alveolate beam -- and affluence of ablaze pours into the abode from ample windows. Ask Beckworth about the adroit white curtains downstairs, and she'll acquaint you they're absolutely tablecloths, neatly repurposed with clips.
Details amount to her, from the canopy-style bed in the adept bedroom, with its geometric anatomy of atramentous metal, to the burnish of the white quartz countertops in the kitchen. Hardwood floors in the Beckworth abode beam with a aphotic stain, and accustomed jute rugs accommodate an bawdy contrast.
Tour the abode with Beckworth and you get the audible faculty there's no such affair as a throwaway space. She's paid aboriginal absorption to the laundry room, for example, transforming it into a airy anchorage for accouterment affairs and appointment work, as able-bodied as a kid-friendly accumulator zone.
Likewise, Beckworth has angry a blah bench closet into a bright and able pantry. Her advanced aperture is a arresting Southern tableau. An autogenous access has become a different point of interest, adorned by pumpkins, galvanized metal containers and an appliance of addle analysis wrapping paper.
Beckworth, who's acutely crafty, says she's abstruse to accouterment more difficult projects over time. Her bedmate took on some of the beyond tasks at the abode -- such as architecture a kitchen table and creating pedestals to drag accessories in the laundry allowance -- but she's appreciative of her hands-on skills. These accommodate installing shiplap (grooved board boards that accord the walls rustic charm), architecture shelves, authoritative wreaths and creating signs and chalkboards.
"My friends, bodies who apperceive me, apperceive that I'm consistently authoritative something," Beckworth says. "Making things helps me feel like I'm the best me. If I'm not authoritative something, I don't feel like it was a advantageous day."
Beckworth shares her adornment account and chronicles the change of her abode on an Instagram page, @around.the.river.bend. Its name comes from the lyrics of "Just About the Riverbend," from the soundtrack of the Disney cine "Pocahontas." Two phrases in the song answer Beckworth's philosophy of home and hearth: "All my dreams extend/just about the river bend."
Although she says it's awful acceptable to see her hopes and dreams realized at the house, Beckworth does accept two above projects on the calendar for 2018. She intends to assignment a little magic on the backyard deck -- it overlooks the river and has a admirable beadboard beam -- and mural the area below.
"It's affectionate of a process, in decorating," Beckworth says. "I don't anticipate you're anytime finished. I feel like it's ever-changing. I'll put article calm and adulation it in that moment, but again abutting week, I'm like, 'Mmm, I'm accessible to change that.'"
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