Full house

The public-private blend begins just beyond the sidewalk with a gracious 16-by-24-foot
brick-paved front porch. It’s a perfect spot for looking outward to the community green space and gathering family and friends. “This is a welcoming gesture to the neighborhood,” says Mouen of the porch, his favorite part of the house.

Just inside the front door, the foyer makes a major architectural statement with a soaring ceil-ing and a grand staircase. The space incorporates the same fine detailing that runs throughout the house—thick trim molding, wood paneling, wainscoting, and wide-plank distressed-oak floors.

The interiors harmonize with the traditional architectural elements and also with the lifestyle of a modern young family. “I went for a blend of contemporary and classic,” says interior designer Kathy Andrews, who incorporated a broad mix of furniture and fabrics into the decor and tweaked the neutral color palette with citrusy accents.

The great room, which spans the back of the house and includes a kitchen, family room, and breakfast nook, is the home’s core. “When you’re standing at the kitchen island you can see the front door, the pool, the television, the dining room—practically everything on the first floor,” explains Mouen. “That kind of design helps parents keep on top of things.”

The kitchen’s white beadboard cabinets area cottage classic, and the glass-fronted wall units climb to the ceiling for a clerestory effect.

Andrews specified stainless steel appliances to add a contemporary edge, and a coordinating backsplash using several sizes and patterns of stainless steel–wrapped ceramic tile. She chose dark, gray-green, quartz-based countertops to add contrast to the mostly white room.

The designer also made use of vibrant color to contribute dimension and depth. She applied a spicy pumpkin hue to an unconventional spot—the ceiling. “It’s not a large area and it has lots of windows,” she says, “so a bold color on the walls would make it look choppy.” However, using this shade on the 33-foot-wide stretch of ceiling, broken up by white box beams, adds a bit of fun and unifies the three sections of the room.

While the first floor was designed for togetherness, the second level is all about privacy. “Having all the bedrooms on the same floor is very important when you have young children,” says Mouen, “and these rooms are designed to grow with the kids.” Each of the two children has a bed-and-bath suite. The master bedroom, with a dramatic vaulted ceiling and bay window, is set up so that there is a separate closet and bathroom on either side of the sleeping space. This “marriage saver” arrangement, as it is sometimes dubbed, allows a couple to get ready for work, sleep, or an evening on the town without getting in each other’s way.

With luxuries like these in such a tight footprint, this little showhouse was designed to inspire. “It’s modest in size but contains all the necessities and then some,” says Mouen. It just proves that good things really do come in small packages.

From the outside, the 1 1/2-story structure has a classic cottage look, with a large front gable and white clapboard siding. The architect chose this all-American style because it can work almost anywhere in the country.

Every inch of the compact kitchen is maximized. The stainless steel combination wall oven–microwave is tucked into the floor-to-ceiling cabinets. right

The central kitchen island has a broad quartz work surface on top and plenty of storage space below, accessed by doors on both sides. It also provides seating for three, and is outfitted with a ceramic-glass cooktop.

The pebble-stone tile fireplace surround, leather chairs, sea-grass rug, and grass window shades bring an earthy flair to the family room decor. Interior designer Kathy Andrews used orange and lime green accents to offset the otherwise neutral palette.

A Palladian window is the focal point of the second-floor master bedroom. The lime green hue of the king-bed wall livens up the room’s mostly beige-and-white decor, while deep moldings and beadboard on the vaulted ceiling add interest and texture.

A closet with a built-in storage system (hers is shown) is tucked snugly beneath the eaves on each side of the master bedroom.

Her bathroom features a jetted tub and handy shelves that are covered in glass tile to match the wall.

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