The Seneca Project embodies all things masculine, moody and European. While we challenged ourselves to try new things in almost every room of this home, the exterior was no exception. Copper gutters are a statement we rarely see made here in the midwest. Over time, these shiny beauties will patina with age, giving the facade old-world charm. Below them, messy-grouted stone feels established and antiquated. A neutral color palette unifies the stone with warm, white siding, fiberglass, hand-stained garage doors and grid-heavy black windows to create a new construction home that feels like it was transported straight from the English countryside.

The Entry

Full-glass French doors welcome you to the Seneca Project’s entryway. The ceiling’s stained white oak, plank detailing feels warm and inviting, while the black lantern pendant gives a nod to traditional lighting styles. With ample space to decorate, we started by laying a vintage-inspired rug in the prettiest shade of muted blue. An arched wall mirror served as the anchor piece for our custom, wood entry table, while simple details and natural textures played up the masculinity of the design.

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The Kitchen

The linen-colored cabinets served as the perfect canvas for layering all our moody-European details. Geometric, white-glass pendants were the perfect choice for a statement piece that feels equal parts modern and antique. We bypassed any cabinet hardware option that felt too light or dainty and curated a combination of heavy squared cup pulls and cabinet latches, with solid dark bronze mushroom knobs on the doors in between. A solid slab of quartz made the backsplash a clean yet substantial feature in the room. Leather bar stools, and wood and ceramic accents brought this beautiful kitchen to life.

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The Pantry

A gorgeous arch gives you a peak into the unassuming Butler’s Pantry. This kitchen is beautiful but it needed a design punch. We went with a dark, lead gray and blue undertone custom cabinet color to provide the much-needed bold contrast to the soft white of the kitchen. Inside, we struck the balance between beauty and storage with ample doors, drawers and open shelving. When it comes to decorating spaces that also need to serve as functional areas in the home, it’s a great idea to use your supplies as your decor. Here, we layered neatly stacked bowls and plates with artwork, cookbooks, dry ingredients, cooking tools and more. By choosing containers and tools that were just as pretty as they were practical, this space became the best of both worlds.

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The Living Room

The open-concept layout of this floor plan allows the kitchen to flow cohesively into the living room. To help define the separate spaces, we elevated the living room tray with a regal pattern of criss-crossed, white oak beams. The center beams drive your eye to the main focal point of the room—the stunning cast stone fireplace and chandelier Katelyn worked with our provider in Utah to custom design a fireplace unit that would taper backwards into the wall, while maintaining clean lines and angles. Overall we want this space to be pretty fuss-free, but we did add a little built-in bookcase for the homeowner to display some of their collected odds and ends.

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The Master Bath

Our design team once again leaned into the masculine aesthetic when planning this space for the homeowner. A moody paint color, stately wainscoting details, marble tiles and aged brass lighting were all wonderful, but the stainless steel soaker really steals the show. Similar to the copper tub we chose for the Wildfire Project, we love the unexpected metallic element these pieces give a master bath.

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The Laundry Room

Behind the unexpected white oak pocket door is the most beautiful shade of green. We’r really into green right now. Much like the pantry, we wanted to design this room to be as functional as it was beautiful. Oversized baskets and locker doors will keep clutter at bay, while terracotta tile, brass accents, open shelving and a quartz top make it feel like so much more than just a simple laundry room. Again, we chose to use supplies as decor such as detergent pods, fragrance sprays, a scrubbing brush and clean, folded linens. A vintage rug was the final design touch.

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The Bar

Every time we look at pictures of this bar, it’s hard to believe something so pretty is tucked again in a basement—it’s truly such a  beautiful space to gather and entertain in. To make sure the design stayed cohesive with the elements upstairs, we chose a combination of red oak and dark-green, painted cabinetry, contrasting countertops and aged brass hardware. The oversized black windows provide ample natural light for daytime gatherings, while their 12-pane design brings a touch of traditional charm. Cheers to the Seneca Project—an exploration of masculine aesthetics, European flair, moody paint hues, mixed metals and unexpected elements.

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The Details

Paint:

  • Wall Color: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
  • Trim Color: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
  • Laundry Lockers: Dark Olive by Benjamin Moore
  • Master Bathroom Wainscoting: Manor House Gray by Farrow & Ball
  • Exterior: Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore

Countertops:

  • Kitchen: Misterio by Vicostone
  • Master Bath: Misterio by Vicostone
  • Basement Bar Island: Misterio by Vicostone
  • Basement Bar Perimeter: Honed Uliano by Vicostone

Cabinets:

  • Kitchen: CKF Signature, Color – Linen
  • Kitchen Island: Custom stain on white oak
  • Pantry: CKF Signature, Painted – Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball
  • Master Bath: Marquis Express, Color – Ivory
  • Basement Bar Perimeter: Marquis Express Raw, Painted – Greenblack by Sherwin Williams
  • Basement Island: CKF Signature, Color: White Oak Mocha

Flooring:

  • Wood Flooring: The Silvian Collection, Luonto Nature
  • Carpet: Shaw Sensible Now, Color: Passageway
  • Laundry Floor: Clé, Flemish Black Terracotta Star + Cross
  • Laundry Backsplash: Kate Lo, Bricco, Color: Blanco
  • Master Bath Floor/Shower Walls: Happy Floors, Statuario
  • Basement Bar Floor: Florstar, Union 12×24, Color: Ice
  • Basement Bar Backsplash: Midwest Tile MST, Color: Mallorca

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