a traditional home gets a fresh jolt of color and pattern

Take one updated traditional family home. Add a heaping tablespoon of green, some fresh orange and pops of B&W. What do you get? You get the home we just staged in Glendale, CA’s Chevy Chase Estates neighborhood. A leafy canyon drive leads you to this charming spot, featured here. Once inside the home, its cottage charm, diamond mullion windows, original wood built-ins and three fireplaces (even one in the kitchen!) will have you wrapped around its little finger.

We styled the home with a freshened farmhouse palette of Spring greens, with some earthy, industrial elements thrown in. First off, the living room receives a jolt of pattern in the form of a B&W chevron rug to wake things up. (All photography by Michael Hillman).

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What could be more perfect than a green glass vase with a flowering Spring branch inside? Orange appears in the book cover on the coffee tabletop to tie into other orange elements throughout the room.

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An off-white sofa floats in the center, allowing for great traffic flow, while a Moroccan shaped side table throws the room a curve.

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We styled a small vintage buffet with more green and orange accents, toughened up a bit with natural elements, like a nature-bleached Manzanita branch. A slightly 1950s-shaped lamp with a burlap shade offers contrasting man-made curviness.

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We placed a linen wing back chair in the bay window to highlight the diamond mullions and to create a cozy moment for relaxing with a book. An orange throw over the arm of the chair injects a little more color, while a green table lamp ties it all together.

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A small gallery wall with neutral toned art.

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A small library off the living room features an original stained glass window (c.1951, the age of the home) and built-in shelving that wraps around a corner. Another fireplace adds so much charm to this multi-use space. We styled the room with a modern wing back chair in a wide-wale mustard-tone corduroy to tie into the yellow window. A transitional tripod floor lamp bridges old and new.

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We repeated the B&W from the living room on the floor. This time, a Moroccan tile pattern rug, which enlarges the room visually with its large scale pattern.

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Every detail counts when you’re styling a room, so we approached the built-ins with an eye to creating a collected, curated look.

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We think it’s pretty cool that even the smallest of cues (a few pencils in a cup) can “suggest” that this room’s other use could be as an office.

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The stars of this kitchen turned out to be the three awesome industrial barstools we found at World Market. We love how they can swivel up to either counter- or bar-height, and the fact that they only look expensive!

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A vintage round pedestal table with IKEA’s KAUSTBY chairs pulled up helps define this eat-in kitchen. Neutral tones prevail in our accessorizing, punctuated by sea glass blues and greens in the oversized vases.

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An outdoor patio offers the chance to modernize things a bit with a clean-lined picnic table and chairs, accented with more of the green and orange that define the interior.

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