Walking through the Williams’ doorway reveals a world of teals, bronze and creams that creates the foundation to their “rustic chic” abode.
The 3,500-square-foot house has four bedrooms, three baths, two living rooms, two dining rooms, one kitchen and an office, providing one large roof for Caleb and Sarah Williams, their son and daughter, Levi and Lyla, and their four pets — two dogs and two cats. They moved into their 7-year-old house in Huntington at the very beginning of 2014 and have done many renovations like repainting and replaced a lot of the flooring.
“It’s important to have a home where I can walk in and feel good about the house and myself,” Sarah said. “I believe that the way you take care of your house is a reflection of who you are and the love that you have for your family.”
Sarah put her degree in interior architecture and design to good use, and with a love for furniture and tons of family photos, she and Caleb worked hard to create their home.
The entryway opens up into their 30-by-25-foot master dining room. A Restoration Hardware table takes up the length of the room, standing on hand-scraped hickory wood floors that flow throughout the house.
To the right of the entryway is a garage, and to the left is Sarah’s office.
“This is my tucked-away, peace-and-quiet-from-the-kiddos space,” she said with a laugh.
The office features a cream-colored work desk and cowhide rug. Adjacent to the desk sits a wooden armoire converted into a cute storage unit. Three windows let in the golden glow of sunlight, warming up her homey working space.
Following the office is the master bedroom.
“I really like this room because it’s full of windows,” Sarah said. “My favorite thing about the house is all the natural light. That’s one reason we choose it. Also, this bedroom has a really tall 12-foot ceiling. Those were two main things I wanted in a house.”
The bed has a rustic wood frame with a matching dresser. A vanity sits facing the forest in the backyard. The room has four windows accented with floor-length navy drapes and a door leading out to the patio.
“I like the house because it’s like a horseshoe shape,” she said. “There are many different ways to get to each room and it has such a unique layout, which is another thing that drew us to the house.”
The bathroom has his and her sinks with a Jacuzzi tub and a walk-in shower.
In the master dining room, the table leads the way into the formal sitting room boasting a dark brown leather couch, a white coffee table and two white chairs. A book dresser sits behind the chairs, providing a nice backdrop. Countless photos fill the walls of the 15-by-13-foot room.
To the right is the kitchen with granite countertops, custom-built red oak cabinets and stainless-steel appliances.
“You have a travertine backsplash with the travertine floor subway tiles,” she said. “These tiles are kind of unique because they are 12 by 24 inches.”
She found the kitchen table from an antique store and refinished it with a little bit of sanding, paint and TLC. Above the table hangs a candelabra, adding a nice accent to the kitchen.
The kitchen looks out over a 1,400-square-foot flagstone raised back patio. It took them about one year to build the patio. Lime-green patio chairs add a fun flair.
“We have two covered porches in the back, so it’s an awesome place for entertaining,” she said. “You can get through the house by the outside doors, so it’s very accessible.”
She said this was her favorite project.
“This was a labor of love,” she said. “Each stone was so heavy, maybe 100 pounds, and it took some work.”
The kitchen leads into the main living room with a brown sectional couch, fireplace and TV.
“This is where we hang out,” she said. The windows that hug the fireplace on both sides are curved. “A lot of windows in the house are curved. This property is on the lake, so you can’t see the lake from here, but the backyard is core land. It’s all forest, and the windows let in all that natural beauty. So we really like the windows.”
Adjacent to the family room is Lyla’s room, composed of everything frilly, fun and feminine. With a chandelier, flower wallpaper, a gold deer head, handcrafted paper flower mobile, white ruffle sheers and a pink curtain draped bronze iron crib, this room captures the essence of a baby girl’s heart.
“Project Nursery named this their project of the month when I submitted it,” she said with a big smile. “This is my favorite room. I started with the floral green wallpaper and wanted to incorporate my husband’s love of deer and nature with a girly aspect.”
Attached is a mint gray 5-by-5-foot bathroom. Her brother’s room across the hall contrasts nicely with blue walls and airplanes.
“My favorite is planes,” Levi said. “I have three planes.”
The room features a black iron bed, dark blue roman shade, and a motley of gears, tractors and airplanes.
This room has a Jack and Jill bathroom which is attached to his playroom.
“Levi has his own playroom, bathroom and room,” Sarah said with a laugh. “It’s like his own little suite over here.”
The bathroom contains tile floor, a window, pedestal sink and shower/bath. Levi’s khaki-painted playroom is filled to the brim with toys, books and the ABCs. An old metal locker against the wall provides a unique storage/organizational space.
In the hallway, hidden conveniently behind a white door, is the teal laundry room with a chandelier.
“I tried to glam it up a little bit,” Sarah said pointing to the chandelier.
As advice for families moving into a new home, she said, “Finish all the projects beforehand.”
“We did almost everything before we moved in,” she said. “There were just a couple things we didn’t finish and they still aren’t done.”
Looking around at all her photos, she said her home is her pride and joy.
“This house is who I am, and we have put a lot of love into this house,” she said. “This is where family cultivates memories. My husband works offshore, so when he comes home I want this to be for both of us — a safe haven. We sit on the back porch in the mornings and drink coffee and look out in the woods together. It’s a place that has already cultivated so many memories in just two years.”