See how designer Andrew Howard infused this Jacksonville, Florida, home with fun colors, punchy prints, and kid-proof materials.
1 of 6Photo Stacey Van Berkel; Styling: Elizabeth Beeler
Play Up a Splashy Print
The same wavy-stripe fabric on the breakfast room's chairs and banquette pillows also shows up on the kitchen barstools. "We let that pattern be the star by pairing it with subtler pieces, like an oak table and natural shades," says Howard.
Product Guide: The walls are painted Overcast by Benjamin Moore. The striped chair and pillow fabric is by Perennials. The Tyler table and Meri drum pendant are from Oly. The chairs are from Mitchell Gold.
2 of 6Photo: Stacey Van Berkel; Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler
Plan for a Crowd
Because the homeowners, Shaara and Brian Swallow, have a big, extended family nearby, the kitchen is always party-ready. Guests congregate at the oversize island, topped with Calacatta gold marble; two antique mirrored cabinets keep pots, pans, and cooking tools hidden for a clutter-free space. "We chose chairs with backs because they're more comfortable for the kids and guests to sit in," says Shaara.
3 of 6Photo: Stacey Van Berkel; Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler
Choose Breezy Hues
The living room is open to the kitchen, so Howard kept the look airy, painting the walls a pale blue and the backs of the built-in bookcases a soft green, to let the white accents pop. Weathered boards on the ceiling warm up the space. The room is large enough to fit a few seating areas, but one big grouping of sofas and chairs works better for conversation flow.
4 of 6Photo: Stacey Van Berkel; Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler
Sneak in Subtle Details
Stairways are often an overlooked space. Howard made this one grander by adding textured paneling in two colors (white and light gray) and creating a gallery wall of framed prints leading up the steps. A round table leaves more room for a walkway—and without sharp corners, it's a safer pick for a home with small kids.
5 of 6Photo: Stacey Van Berkel; Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler
Shaara loves pink, but it just didn't fit in with the home's palette. Howard's fix: work the color into the spare guest room. "You get more power from pink when you use it in smaller doses," he says. He kept the walls cream and used pink on just the window trim, with a tulip-print shade. Rosy-hued sheets, pillows, and gourd lamps round out the look.
6 of 6Photo: Stacey Van Berkel; Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler
Carve out a Hideaway
The Swallows don't often get a chance to use the seating area in their bedroom, but when they do sit on the sofa to read or relax, the secluded spot feels like a luxury. Howard paired the linen sofa and chairs with a white coffee table to continue the muted color scheme.