How wonderful it is to start this new week with you here on Home Bunch! I hope we’re all ready for a good start to the week and that November brings us plenty of beautiful memories. I am so glad to start today with a dreamy “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” tour. I honestly know that I don’t even need to ask you to follow Stefana of @stefanasilber on Instagram because I already know that you will. Just read the details she shared about her home and you will see how talented she is. Can you believe that she even builds the cabinetry for her home? That’s a true DIYer, my friends! Oh, and be ready to see some inspiring Christmas decor ideas! I know you will love this house tour as much as I do!
“Hello everyone! My name is Stefana and you can find me daily on IG @stefanasilber sharing my passion for everything home decor, design, renovation, and DIY.
My husband and I bought our home over 7 years ago and have been slowly renovating it one room at a time. We have three children who are now older (9, 13, 15) which makes tackling home projects much easier than it used to be when they were little.
Our house is a traditional brick colonial in a formerly very rural area of Maryland that has recently become more of a suburb of Baltimore. Our house was built in the late 90s and it came with the typical tile and cabinetry of that time but with very good bones. My goal when remodeling and renovating is to stay faithful to the architecture and style of the house and to choose finishes that are contemporary yet classic that will endure the test of time.
I have expensive tastes but unfortunately not the budget to always get my top choice. I believe in compromise and in mixing low and high price point items to achieve the designer look I love so much. Almost all of the items in our renovations are retail even though many of them look custom made. I love sharing how to achieve the high end look on a budget, what to save on, what’s worth a splurge, and how to DIY a lot of the projects in our home.”
“We replaced the front door with retail available door from Thermatru and ordered through 84Lumber. The color is the standard black factory painted option on the inside and white on the outside.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
House Numbers: Everbilt 5 in. Black Floating House Number.
Outdoor Lighting: Matte Black Outdoor Wall Lantern.
Baskets, planters, faux pumpkins along with a large doormat is sure to make Stefana’s front porch feel extra welcoming.
White Planters: 20 inch Indoor/Outdoor Planter.
Faux Pumpkins: Pottery Barn.
“I installed the trim in our hallway which carries up the steps and all around the upstairs hallway. It’s made up of primed pine 1×4 planks and a small baseboard molding on the inside of each box. Because our house has traditional architecture, the molding needed to be a little more ornate than the square craftsman style in order to fit with the overall style better.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
I felt really inspired by Stefana’s home renovations and I am sure that you will feel the same way. She’s one that isn’t scared to pull out her sleeves and get the job done!
A white marble console table with black base complements the Entryway.
Main Level White Paint Walls, Trim, Wainscoting: Behr Ultra Pure White.
Bench: Shore Bench.
Runner: Skye Oriental Terracotta Area Rug.
Pillow: Vintage Indian Wool Pillow Cover – similar here.
“The same wall molding carries into the dining room – also a DIY by yours truly – but this time at a 2/3 height from the floor. Our ceilings are 9ft tall on the main level and when deciding molding height, I recommend installing at 1/3 or 2/3 of the total wall height following the golden rule of thirds in design and architecture.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
“The cane buffet you see in my dining room may look familiar because it was modeled after this designer piece but it’s also a DIY and probably one of my most popular ones. I consider my dining room the space in our house that looks most high but was achieved with low cost items from retailers like Amazon and World Market. It’s also a great example of mixing minimal modern style with vintage accessories which the big designers do so well. ” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Mozu Trinket Dishes: Anthropologie.
Artwork: Portrait of Annette.
Frame: here (set of 4) – similar.
Black Vases: Joshua Handcrafted Ceramic Vases.
Dining Chairs: Linen Upholstered Rolling Dining Armchair.
Main Level White Paint Walls, Trim, Wainscoting: Behr Ultra Pure White.
I asked Stefana to send me some of her beautiful Christmas decor photos to show them to you guys. With the Holidays approaching I know these will bring you some inspiration! Her style is amazing!
Curtains: Pinch Pleat Darkening Drapes Faux Linen Curtains, Sand Beige – similar here.
Christmas Tree: Blue Spruce Christmas Tree.
Velvet Ornaments: Studio McGee Large Set of Velvet Ornaments.
Curtain Rings & Rod: here – similar.
“My dining room Christmas tablescape started out simple and neutral but then it was taken to the next level by this nature inspired centerpiece featuring pure beeswax candles.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Reindeer on Sideboard: Brass Merry Reindeer.
Dinnerware Set: Pfaltzgraff Filigree.
Tray: Woven Ottoman Tray.
Reindeer: Brass Merry Reindeer.
Flatware: here – similar.
“Our first large renovation was the kitchen remodel three years ago. I had done one kitchen remodel in our previous home and had chosen dark stained cabinets at the time which I quickly regretted. I had been pining after an all white kitchen for years and even though I was aware that all white kitchens were on their way out, I was going to have one in my life, come what may.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Kitchen: White Subway Tile – Home Depot.
Accent Tile: Marble Basketweave Tile – similar.
Runner: Joss & Main.
“I went with natural Carrara Marble countertop. After a lot of research and agonizing over that decision, I decided that marble is the only surface I wanted in my kitchen and I fully embraced its shortcomings. There’s nothing you can do to maintain or protect against etching, scratching, or staining. You have to have the mindset to either embrace it and love the patina, or go with a different surface.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
You can see how Stefana organizes her cabinets here.
Kitchen Lighting: 16″ Conical Drum Pendant.
Counterstools: Balboa Counter Stool – Natural.
Kitchen Island Dimension: 54 x 89.
Runner: Loloi II WYN-02 Wynter Area Rug.
Kitchen Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray.
Kitchen Sink: Kohler Whiteheaven Sink.
Kitchen Faucet: Georgian Era Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Side Spray.
Beverage Faucet: Kohler, Polished Chrome.
Dinnerware Set: Pfaltzgraff Filigree.
Artwork: Etsy, Four Peaches.
“Pantry organization – I don’t have a walk-in pantry so all of my stuff is in cabinets and drawers. That doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty and organized – my OCD requires it 🤣.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs Transcend 5-1/16″ Ascendra Pull, Polished Chrome, Knobs & Latches.
“I had also fallen in love with inset style cabinetry – that’s when then the cabinet door sits on the inside of the frame instead of on top which is known as overlay. Inset style cabinets are typically custom made and many times more than the cost of standard cabinets. I was able to find a manufacturer that carries an inset line of cabinetry as part of their semi-custom offering.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Kitchen Cabinets: Decora Cabinetry White, Prescott Maple Inset Cabinets in manufacturer White.
“Have you heard of the “If you give a mouse cookie story…?” One thing leads to the next and all of a sudden you find yourself pulling up the fireplace molding on a Monday afternoon. That’s what happened to me once our kitchen renovation was finished. I would look onto the living room and dislike how much it didn’t fit the new and shiny kitchen in our open concept plan. So I set out to update the fireplace surround and the next natural step was to build floor to ceiling bookcases from scratch, all by myself. ” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
I already had experience installing wall molding but had never built a cabinet. After a lot of research and video watching I was able to achieve a professional looking result. My goal when I DIY is for the end product to look like a professional did it, not an inexperienced DIYer.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Cube Ottomans: Studio McGee Lynwood Square Upholstered Cube.
Trim Paint Color: Behr Ultra Pure White.
Wall Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray.
Picture Lights: Visual Comfort.
“I completely lost my mind over this little coffee table. Unfortunately, it sold out but hopefully will be restocked soon. Some new goodies there too – new rug and floor lamp.”
Floor Lamp: Overstock.
Sofa: Ella Slipcovered Sofa.
This is perfection! I love how Stefana styled this entire space!
“I decided to give the mantel more of a swooping bang look instead of the square fringe it had before. Also filled in the bald spots with some real tree clippings extensions.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
“Picture frames are a great tool to use when styling shelves. They fill the space without cluttering and create depth and connectivity when layered behind smaller objects.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Woven Boxes: Woven Cane Tuscan Box.
Metal Boxes: here.
Can you tell I can’t wait for Christmas?! I will make sure my Christmas tree will be up as soon as possible this year.
Christmas Tree: Blue Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree – similar.
Tree Topper: Discontinued – similar here.
Willow Tree Collar: here.
“My husband doesn’t like the desk against the window but I needed it there just for a moment so I can snap this pic. And I’m sure he’s gonna get used to me moving it back and forth every day.” 😂 – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Desk: Balboa Desk.
Window Shade: Belgian Flax Linen Shade – similar.
Chair: World Market.
Decorative Wire Mesh Grilles: Home Depot.
Picture Light: Visual Comfort.
Office Cabinet Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Storm Cloud Gray.
“Between the Roman shade and the tufted cushion, this little nook finally has the coziness I was after when I built it.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Built-in Cabinets Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Enamel Hi Hide White.
Cane Boxes: Bayou Breeze.
Window-seat Cushion: 3″ Tufted Seat Cushion.
“Making my $4 bundle of fresh cypress tips go a long way by spreading it all over the house! Check your local tree farms for inexpensive clippings. You can use them fill in artificial wreaths and garlands or just put them in a vase for a holiday arrangement.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Horse: Ophelia & Co.
“I refreshed our bedroom for the One Room Challenge a year ago and my goal was to create a light and bright space with only paint and soft furnishings.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Bedroom Paint Color: Behr Ultra Pure White.
Nightstands: Keane Wenge Wood Charging Nightstand.
Table Lamps: Faris Ceramic Table Lamp.
Duvet Insert: Classic Down Duvet Insert.
Linen Duvet Cover: here – similar.
Throw: Casaluna Chunky Knit Bed Blanket.
What made the biggest impact in the room was these famous linen drapes from Amazon. Even though we didn’t need the light blocking or privacy lining, the soft textured fabric creates a cozy and welcoming mood.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Curtain Hardware: Pottery Barn.
This Basement is my current inspiration! I am loving everything about it, including this arched nook.
Sideboard: DIY – similar to Noir Brook 4 Door Buffet Table.
“I’m so glad I added an arch in this nook during the basement reno – it gives it so much character!” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Interior Doors and Stair Railing: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black.
“My husband wanted a bar area but we didn’t have the room to create a traditional style bar with stools space. So we went for a kitchenette style but utilize it for the storage and serving of adult beverages. The black cabinets tie in with the adjacent media room but are softened with the warm tone of the natural wood floating shelves and the perfectly imperfect handmade Zellige tile backsplash.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Bar Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Black Magic.
Runner: Joss & Main.
Wet Bar cabinets are Yorktowne Cabinetry Shaw Flat Panel Maple Standard construction Carriage Black. They look even better with Stefana standing by them! 🙂
Bench: Marro Bench.
“My biggest design challenge so far has been designing and project managing our basement from completely unfinished and unframed state to a living space with multiple rooms including a media room, wet bar area, and a couple of bonus rooms. We also added a full bathroom which is currently the only updated bathroom in our house – a lot more projects still left to do.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Leather Sofa: Turner Square Arm Leather Sofa.
Console Table: Portolla Hills Caned Door Console.
Coffee Table: Magnolia.
I envisioned a dark moody space for the media room. I wanted to challenge myself outside of my comfort zone of all white walls and found myself in the exact opposite extreme – black walls AND ceiling. The dark paint color combined with the deep leather sofas creates the moody clubby vibe I was going for. ” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Basement Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Black Magic.
Side Table: Tavin Side Table.
“The basement bathroom was another space where I gave myself permission to experiment with materials and pattern. I chose a large scale checkered marble tile (grey bardiglio and white Carrara 12×12) for the floor and a Carrara hexagon for the shower floor.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Pure White.
Toilet: Kohler Memoirs.
The vanity looks custom but it’s manufacturer painted from Home Depot.
Sconces: Eula 1 – Light Armed Sconce.
Vanity: Everett 37 in. W x 22 in. D.
Pulls: Larkin Bin Pull.
Mirror: here 22×30.
Bathroom Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Pure White.
Wood Pedestal with Handle: here – similar.
“My two boys share the large room above the garage. The space is huge and had 4 walk-in closets that were underutilized. Our boys have shared a room since they were very young and are perfectly content to continue to do so … for now.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Headboards: Wall Mount Faux Leather Fabric Upholstered Headboard.
Bed Frames: Discontinued – similar here.
Olive Green Duvet Cover: Linen bedding set in Olive Green. Linen duvet cover + 2 pillowcases.
Rug: Kenley Tufted Wool Rug.
“I installed 2/3 height vertical shiplap but opted for a wider 7” plank which the scale of the room can definitely handle. Shiplap painting tip: if painting a color other than white, paint the grooves before you install the planks! It’s a lesson a learned the hard way.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Sconces: Flynn Single Wall Sconce.
Boys Room Paint Color: Behr Light Granite.
“We decided to remove two of the closets to open up the space and installed built-in dressers and desks for them.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
Bench: Serena & Lily.
Wreath: Faux Norfolk Pine Wreath.
Throw: here – similar.
“Our patio is thermal sawn bluestone laid in random geometric pattern. This type of natural stone installation was done on previously poured concrete pad and set in mortar with mortar joint lines. Even though cement pavers are a very popular and economic way to go, I’m always a proponent of natural materials. Blue stone and red brick are a classic combination. In addition, wet laying the stones with mortar joint lines ensures that no weeds will ever break through that patio. It’s a more expensive and labor intensive process that requires an experienced stone mason to do well.” – Stefana from @stefanasilber
I hope this house tour has inspired you and brought some peaceful moments to your day. Thank you for stopping by, my friends!
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