Hi, my dear friends! What a wonderful gift it is to start a new week with you here and I have to say that I am really excited to have Kari Keene of @houseofkeene on our “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” series. I know you will love her newly-built white Modern Farmhouse as much as I do. Oh, make sure to follow her on Instagram to continue seeing her home! You won’t be disappointed.
“Hello everyone! I am Kari Keene of @houseofkeene and I am beyond honored and grateful that Luciane asked me to share my home with you on “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” here on Home Bunch. Luciane has created such a lovely space full of inspiration and it’s amazing to be part of her journey!
Before we start our home tour I’d like to take a moment to tell you a little bit about myself, my family and our building journey. I have always had a creative side, a love for interior design and I enjoy creating a functional yet aesthetic design to any space.
I met my husband while we were both working for our local police department and the rest is history. In 2017 we did in-vitro infertilization (IVF) to conceive our son and in 2019 we did IVF, again, to conceive our daughter; they are now 3 years old and 8 months old.
Prior to getting pregnant with our daughter, my husband and I knew we wanted a bigger home. We searched and searched for homes in neighborhoods but nothing felt right. After many discussions we ultimately decided to build on his family land, which is surrounded by thousands of pecan trees. It is truly so calming and peaceful and the ideal place to raise a family of our own.” -Kari from @houseofkeene.
“We looked at so many house plans online and one day, while my sister was visiting, she recommended our house plan via Architect Designs website. My husband and I both fell in love with the exterior of the home. It was everything we wanted in a home — modern, yet traditional as well as timeless and inviting. Once we received the house plans we spent a few weeks making changes to the layout that would best fit our family’s needs. Then we met with our builder, Keith Bryan Construction, and Architect. We broke ground in February 2020 and our home was completed in October 2020, just two weeks before I gave birth to our daughter.” -Kari from @houseofkeene.
Siding: James Hardie Board and Batten.
Windows: Jeld-Wen windows.
Siding Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Pure White.
Roof: Galvanized metal roof.
Kari is such a sweet and talented young mother of two and I am honored for having her on Home Bunch today. I hope you all love her style and her beautiful home as much as I do. ❤️
“Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed about having a home with double front doors and these doors do not disappoint. We opted for fiberglass doors due to the amount of humidity and high temperatures in the south.” -Kari from @houseofkeene.
Door stain: Minwax gel stain in Aged Oak.
Front Door Hardware: Baldwin Santa Cruz SmartKey entry-set.
“It is a southern tradition to paint your porch ceiling “haint blue”, which derives from old southern folklore. I love this tradition and knew I wanted to incorporate it in our home.” -Kari from @houseofkeene.
Blue Porch Ceiling Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Atmospheric at 80%.
Front Door Lights: Pottery Barn Manor glass and iron sconce.
House Numbers: Modern House Numbers by GoHomeNumbers on Etsy.
“The original house plan had an open entryway, which I changed. I added a small L-shaped wall to enclose the dining room and create an actual foyer. To me, this is more intimate and inviting. I added floor to ceiling shiplap on the foyer. The table in the foyer was a Christmas gift from our builder, Keith Bryan, who built this stunning table.”-Kari from @houseofkeene.
Mirror: 40” round mirror from Wayfair.
Fiddle Leaf tree: here – similar.
“We kept it really simple and chose one main paint color throughout the entire interior of our home. All of the white you see in our home on the walls, trim, shiplap, doors, ceilings and cabinets is Sherwin Williams Alabaster. The walls are painted with an eggshell sheen while the trim, shiplap, doors and cabinets are all painted with a satin sheen. The ceilings are of course painted with a flat sheen.” -Kari from @houseofkeene.
“It’s true what they say: “The kitchen is the heart of every home”. We have made so many fun memories in our kitchen. From cooking breakfast with my toddler to making our weekly smoothies. It has always been my dream to have a large kitchen island overlooking the family room and now that dream is my reality and I feel so blessed. I love being able to prepare meals for my family while watching our children play.” -Kari from @houseofkeene.
Kitchen Pendants: Pottery Barn Flynn Oversized Pendants.
Cabinet Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Alabaster.
Backsplash: Bedrosians Cloe White.
Kitchen Sink: Kraus Turino 33” Apron fireclay sink.
Kitchen Faucet: Moen Pull down motion sensor.
The kitchen island color is a 50/50 color combination of Sherwin Williams On the Rocks and Sherwin Williams Blustery Sky.
Kitchen Island: 8’6” x 4’
“When choosing a countertop I wanted a material that is durable and could withstand food prep, cooking, and all things kid related, which is why we choose Calacatta Laza quartz. It has the same beautiful look as marble but it doesn’t require the same maintenance.”
“The dining room can be entered from the foyer or the kitchen, which gives a casual vibe. We eat every meal together as a family so it was really important to me to have a space that feels casual.” -Kari from @houseofkeene.
Dining room table: Candace Mango solid wood table.
Chandelier: Pottery Barn Lucca Chandelier.
Blinds: Select Blinds Classic Roman Shades (in the entire home) – similar here.
“With a toddler and a baby we spend a lot of time playing in the living room, so I wanted this space to be functional, cozy and casual. We furnished this space with a sectional and an oversized rocking chair.” -Kari from @houseofkeene.
Ceilings 11’ heigh with wood planks.
Ceiling Fan: MinkaAire Rudolf 52” 3 blade fan black.
Fireplace: Touchstone 36” Electric fireplace insert.
Paper Mache Bowls: Studio McGee.
Baskets: Studio McGee x Target.
Walls are Sherwin Williams Alabaster.
Nothing feels more special than displaying our family pictures on a wall and Kari has done it right. This gallery wall brings the entire space together.
“I have always had a love for arches and how they add so much character to any space. They are so elegant and timeless. I knew I wanted to incorporate them in our home, so I added two arched doorways — one leading to the kids’ bedrooms and bathroom and one leading into the mudroom.”
“My son is three years old and has always slept with us, so it was really special to create this cozy and minimalistic space for him.”
Name sign: Etsy InvitedByDani.
“I wanted a space that was calming and filled with a lot of bright & airy natural light so I added three large windows overlooking our pond.”
Bed frame: Felicity Upholstered Panel Bed (king size).
Drapes: Pottery Barn Emery Linen drapes.
Fan: MinkaAire Rudolf 52”.
Bench: here – similar.
Master Bedroom Paint Color: Sherwin Williams SW 7008 Alabaster.
“I wanted a classic white bathroom with marble countertops that felt like a spa. We chose polished nickel hardware with black accents.”
Master Bathroom Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Alabaster.
Vanity Lights: Brayden 1 – light dimmable Wallchier by Birchlane.
Mirrors: Black Metal Linear Mirrors 24×58 – similar here.
Shower Wall tile: Sublime 12×24 Brillo tile – similar here.
Shower Floor Tile: Sublime 2×2 mosaic natural – similar here.
Rain shower head: Delta Rain Shower Head 11.75” width.
Tub: Local store – similar here.
Door Knobs: Kwikset Pismo with square rose.
Garage Lights: Pottery Barn Manor glass and iron sconce.
The board and batten siding is by James Hardie and it works perfectly with the white windows and galvanized metal roof.
“We changed a lot about the look of the exterior, which includes vaulting the back porch ceiling, enclosing the grilling porch area to make it our “dog room” and adding three windows to the master suite. I knew we would spend many, many hours outside watching our children play and enjoying nature, so it was really important for me to have an open porch that would be the main focal point. I love natural light so we added three large windows to the master suite, which overlook our pond.” – Kari from @houseofkeene.
This home is balanced and it feels serene… It’s a place of harmony, peace and Blessings and I hope this house tour brings you these same feelings throughout your day. 🙏
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