What Makes a House a “Must-See”?

Showstopping design for comfort and harmony


entry and living roomLooking to pick up on design and decor trends that work well and photograph great? This dreamy listing of ours encapsulates several. While homeowner Shannon Churchill doesn’t have any formal design training (“Just a penchant for Pinterest”), she knows one key secret: Every element is chosen for how it reads into the whole. We are loving how she pulled off a style that’s boho meets mid-century (with a little farmhouse in the kitchen).

(Entry rug from Urban Outfitters)

Let’s see how this homeowner does it right, and where she gets the goods…

living room

Sophisticated lines in the living room

  • A healthy mix of solids, stripes, and patterns
  • Greenery placed just right to create a relaxed, earthy vibe
  • Symmetry in the positioning of furniture, yet asymmetry in decor placement
  • Flawless use of the layered rug look (CLICK HERE to learn more)
  • Repeated pops of color that tie it all together – in this case, naturals like wicker and woven window treatments
(Leather couch from West Elm)

dining room

Pull up a (mismatched) chair in the dining room

  • A gallery wall with varied frames and prints with just the right amount of whimsy
  • Mismatched dining chairs that find a way to be cohesive
  • Modern, tasteful light fixtures that introduce just the right degree of daring, including a sputnik chandelier over the dining table
(Sideboard – IKEA hack with butcher block top)

A kitchen where everyone wants to gather

  • Backsplash as a perfect place to introduce a little pattern
  • A touch of textured shiplap to nicely contrast with the modern polish
(Barstools – similar from Target)

kitchen with island


family room

An inviting family room

  • A wallpaper that uses chevrons for a novel, yet simple, pop (Would you believe this pattern was actually hand-drawn using a gold Sharpie pen?)
  • Textiles & throw pillows of varying sizes and textures
(Rug from Overstock; leather chairs – similar from Anthropologie)

A main bedroom that sings

  • A paint shade that makes people ask, “Ooh, what is that?!” like this bedroom color did for members of our own team (in case you too were wondering, this one happens to be Sherwin-Williams’ Comfort Gray)
  • A decorative ladder that offers vertical storage without taking up much visual space
(Ottoman from Anthropologie)



Does it come as any surprise that this beautifully designed home went pending after just four days on the market? Clearly, a few techniques and key purchases can go a long way toward creating a home that feels harmonious and put together.

Looking for more great listings from The Drew Coleman Team? We’ve always got ’em!

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