At Home with Jane Beiles
“You can’t judge a book by its cover” our mother often told us when we were young… and when we saw Jane Beiles’ home for the first time last winter, we couldn’t help but be reminded of this. What seems like an antique 1916 home on the outside is definitely not traditional on the inside. Small, closed off rooms were transformed into light-filled open spaces by architect Louise Brooks and RR Builders, and filled with chic but comfortable modern furnishings by Melissa Lindsay of Pimlico Interiors. The house was the perfect mix of old meets new and we were instantly charmed.
Entry and Dining Room
Kitchen and Mudroom
So it’s no surprise that we are super excited to see Jane’s wonderful home featured in the April issue of HGTV Magazine (and not only because our very own fiddle leaf fig tree makes an appearance on page 110!) Jane’s sunny personality shines through in the bright and happy interiors captured by photographer Alexandra Rowley and from the moment you enter the front door, you can’t help but feel at home.
While every room is a delight, we fell hard for the back porch which was decked out with winter greens and Christmas lights when we visited; we can only imagine how sweet it would be to spend a summer’s eve entertaining friends there. Perhaps Jane will indulge our fantasies by throwing another party this spring!
Sofa Styling 1.0
Styling a sofa is one of those talents, along with accessorizing a coffee table, that not everyone is born with and many of us have to turn to the pros for ideas. Thankfully, there have been a number of articles, blog posts and even a lookbook dedicated to the subject so have no fear, help is here!
Roxy at Society Social brought 1 white sofa, 11 designers (two of whom we know personally – yeah for Eddie and Lisa) and 52 pillows together to produce Project Sofa, a lookbook that shows you what you can do with a white couch (besides cover it in throws and pray that the boys and dogs won’t stain it!)
How to Get Roxy’s Look
The March issue of HGTV Magazine features an article on how to create different pillow combinations for its cover star, a pale blue couch. Perhaps the editors realized that the white sofa they styled five different ways online was a tad impractical for the everyday family!
Pillows Piled On
But then again, we know Kate at Centsational Girl has kids and she opted to style a cream club sofa with patterned pillows and a great rug.
Regardless of the style and color of your sofa, picking the right pillows and piling them on will add a bit of polish… as long as they don’t end up on the floor! Here’s to sitting pretty this weekend.
Photos via House Beautiful, Society Social, HGTV and Centsational Girl