Ballard Drive, West Hartford, Connecticut

Hello! You know how sometimes I like to make over a house with a specific owner in mind? (For example,  here, here, and here.) Today let's flip that coin and make over a house the way one specific designer would. 

This traditional colonial  is in West Hartford, Connecticut.  It was built in 1927. The designer I'm pairing it with is Kristen Panitch, who is based in Santa Monica, California. Kristen's talent has kept her busy from coast-to-coast, because of her transitional & livable designs.

As one would expect, the center hall foyer opens to the staircase:

I think the stairway carpet and the wall color are having a little disagreement.

Let's let the walls steal the show and the stairs follow a bit more timelessly.

 The living room is a nicely sunny, if a little narrow, space:

It just needs some of that wonderful pattern from the entry:

It's still a cozy space, just a more interesting one.

The dining room is another bright and sunny room:

Cheerful as it is, it needs more pattern to hold its own with our other rooms:

Upstairs, the master bedroom is a large & flexible space:

How flexible?  Well, it could be a sophisticated space with pretty patterns...

...or, seen another way...'s a slightly more youthful space, still prettily patterned:

The third floor of this house offers this sunny bonus room:

Definitely a bonus for a teen, who could personalize it like this in no time flat:

Outdoors, we have a deck framed in trees:

We could turn into a finished and furnished space with design that reflects the fun we've had inside:

Because we all need a little fun outside,  I tracked down those hanging chairs.  They're the Knotted Melati hanging chair from Anthropologie.  Who would have thought macrame could be so stylish? (Well, Anthropologie, apparently.)  Maybe I should stop typing and start brushing up on my knotting skills?

Have a great week, friends!

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