Jennifer Barron of Jennifer Barron Interiors is known for creating fresh spaces that blend antique and contemporary pieces with pops of pattern and color. And her very own home in Houston, Texas is a perfect reflection of this stylish aesthetic. With the help of her husband, Jennifer beautifully transformed her once dark, dated ranch home into a bright and airy space and carried through her love for color with the use of chandeliers, art, accessories and wallpaper (her favorite design element). Jennifer not only gives us a glimpse inside her lovely home, but she also provides some practical advice on how to create your own Modern Sanctuary.
“My husband and I moved into this ranch style house in April of 2015, says Jennifer. “With brown walls, dark beams, dated fixtures throughout the space and a red brick exterior… I knew I loved the bones of the house, but also knew there was great opportunity to get my hands on the space.”
“I absolutely love wallpaper. It is a fun way to bring in texture, color and pattern without using paint. Wallpaper options are endless today, and I feel like it brings a sense of personality to one’s home. In our foyer, we used a bold, geometric pattern in soft colors (grey and white). The bold feel of this Quadrille wallpaper anchored by an antique chest and vintage mirror demonstrates one element of my overall design philosophy: the importance of mixing old and new.”
“We painted every inch of the interior white. We used Sherwin Williams Alabaster for the trim and Benjamin Moore White Dove for all of the walls, with the exception of the dining room and kitchen. For those two spaces we used Benjamin Moore Linen White for a softer, warmer feel.”
“I love a space that uses a simple white backdrop to highlight various bold colors seen in accessories (books, pillows) and that is what I aimed to achieve in the living room of my home. All white furniture accessorized in turquoises and pinks allows for a calm, yet interesting space.”
“Here are 3 tips that I believe are helpful and practical in creating your own Modern Sanctuary:”
- Incorporate something meaningful to you in each space- whether it be a picture of you and your husband from your wedding, or an old box that you picked up on a trip abroad, place something that brings you happiness in each room. This will bring a personal touch to the room, and allow you to feel a sense of happiness when present.
- Use colors that YOU like. Whether the trend be grey or white, make sure you use colors on your walls that you enjoy looking at. This sets the tone for the space.
- Don’t go overboard. Often times, simplicity is best. With all of our lives often times getting cluttered with junk, I believe in a “less is more philosophy” when decorating.
There is no other place that I feel the true level of comfort and joy than in my own home. After placing much time and effort on creating a space that is reflective of my husband and I, there is nowhere I would rather be at the end of the day. Jennifer Barron