Helloooo fronds! Welcome to the Brigham Craftsman. I can’t wait to walk you through my crazy, cozy and colorful home, kicking off Day Four of the “Something Different” Summer Home Tours. There’s twenty-one distinctly inspiring dwellings to visit on this home design journey, so be sure to check each and every unique-sta out (yeah, I did). These outstanding lady bloggers are linked below!
Hold up; how beautiful are these multi-colored farmer’s market ranunculus though? How can you not smile at the sight?! 💐💐
First time here? I’m Jessica Brigham and my domicile is a charming 1934 Craftsman Bungalow in New Haven, Connecticut. I settled here about five years ago with my husband, Christopher, dopey mutt, Murphy, and two goofy cats, Sylvester and Marla. The big, bold and beautiful home transformations you see here have evolved over the course of the last two years, which is when I launched my passion project for all things interiors, DIY, food and drink right here at JessicaBrigham.com.
True confession: I’m not much of a seasonal decorator. I love what I love year-round. Of course, I’ll make small changes for an energetic refresh—a dusting of the cobwebs, if you will. I’ve got quite the collection of “tchotch” that craves centerstage. Naturally, it feels like less hoarder-like if you use what you’ve got stowed away with intention once in a a blue. 😆
THE PETITE FOYER + ENTRYWAY
The formal entrance is the cutest, most dainty space I ever did see. The bitty coat closet had me at hello. In the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge, I redesigned the foyer and entryway using a graphic, black and white removable wallpaper; modern brass lighting; and a DIY bookshelf. I made use of an odd (and formerly bland) alcove not with custommade, built-in bookshelves and a spunky, chartreuse derrière. You know, more room for the “tchotch.” Lest we forget, the saga of stripping a French door.
COZY LIVING ROOM
It’s been a minute since the living room’s seen a vibrant change of pace. The Embrace Rose Pink Chairs from Article make for a sumptuous and addicting sight. I’m in love with the rose pink, but I’m also infatuated with the moss green version, too. 😜 I also know that if I tried to get that satin pothos (a.k.a. philodendron silver) to grow up the wall, it would’ve never happened. How sassy is she?!
Opposite the sitting area, the 44-dollar, 400 lb., two-tier marble and brass console (that my marriage survived moving) quietly reigns supreme. That plucky bird of paradise was bolting like wildfire in her dining room spot, so instead she greets guests as they enter the glamazon. ‘Cause I believe, when you’ve got high ceilings, use ‘em. This bungalow touts ceilings 8’ 6’’ tall.
Next time I come across a sexy, brassy, and gaudy af replica gramophone, it’ll be sitting right here. I think it’s the perfect accoutrement to my grandparents massive, 6-foot Hollywood Regency mirror.
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DARK GREEN OFFICE
It’s nice to be settling back into my dark green office oasis. The home office was sadly neglected most of winter because: Brigham Igloo 🥶 The fiddle leaf fig is thriving; the bold botanical swivel rockers return; and the floating shelves are still looking fly af.
The majority of my home office is thrifted—the swivel rockers, brass side table, executive desk, tiger oak filing cabinet (from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Library in Philly!), various artworks, and the (not visible) dining bench amid the desk and windows hiding my hard drives, printer and gadgety things.
The pint-sized mid century desk is a family heirloom. This guy right in the corner here. That’s where my elementary school typewriter lived. Prior to that, it belonged to my adolescent Mama. And before that, my great-grandmother often used the sewing machine stowed inside. Pretty damn cool, I say. 🙌🏻
THAT DINING-ROOM-TO-KITCHEN VIEW
The dining room’s north-side view has improved a little bit since the Green Kitchen Glamazon showed up!! I remain utterly in love with the three-quarter high board + batten I built two years ago as well as Justina Blakeney’s Nana wallpaper design.
Aside from housing my thrifted mega cactus, a credenza styling swap or two, she’s hasn’t changed too much her big and bold makeover. Although, I am considering a chandelier switcheroo. My husband once said the dining room has got the essence of a sexy 1970s Miami coke den. I’m totally OK with that. 🤣
In recent weeks, I made one of the toughest crazy plant lady choices: I filled the driftwood succulent centerpiece with fakies. 😟😟😟 #shriek #cringe #dontjudgeme
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It’s filled with a wide array of faux succulents and air plants—a damn fine choice if I do say so myself. I found fourteen fake plants for twenty-two dollars (right here … and strings of pearls). That’s $1.50 per plant versus at least $5 for soon-to-be bolting, shriveling succulents that make your plant lady soul cry a thousand times. Needless to say, I finally relented and gave in. #noregrets
What has majorly changed in the dining room is the view, babay!! Just removing the aesthetic partitions opened up the dining room to the kitchen in a whole new way. This past May, I wrapped up my latest dark green kitchen renovation as a featured designer in the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge. It’s been about a month since completion and I absolutely f*cking love her!!!!
The flow is nothing short of bomb 💣💥 restoring and reuniting modern day amenities with 1930s charm.
I love every nook, and errry cranny. The countertop-to-ceiling penny tiles with gold trim … the amazing dual fuel range … the collection of distinctive artworks from independent artists … the bitty, but spacious fridge!! I mean, every morning that I lay eyes on my floating shelves, I’m floating on cloud nine.
Dear poplar; your wood is the best wood of all the woods.
That’s what she said.
Speaking of wood: the two truly critical aspects of this kitchen renovation were to a) restore the original red oak hardwood floors and b) preserve the original ceiling detail—plaster “swirlies” a.k.a. Van Gogh ceiling—after removing a non-load-bearing partition. Both were accomplished to their maximum potential and laid the foundation to the vintage-inspired design. Using a glossy penny tile backsplash brought in a brilliance and a classic elegance. The mixed metal hardware and nine-globe chandeliers put the icing on this gaudy cake.
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The master bedroom snagged a few fun pieces from the upstairs guest room, like the Succulent Sunprint Fringe Throw (sorry, it’s sold out!!). I love the master, but it’s never felt finished. I’ve got a light refresh on the mind, maybe something like this wood canopy bed paired with a white, semi-flushmount ceiling fan? Nevertheless, what I do love is the clearer view to-and-from the kitchen. It’s amazing what moving a fridge out of a cased opening can do.
The first floor guest room is straight up chillin’—needs an old-fashioned luggage rack and a quick paint job—and the upstairs guest room got herself a serious spring cleaning. Just this month, she got primed with an awful smelling Zinsser primer and repainted white. It’s get a bit hot up here in the summer, so I believe some garbage leached through. If there’s any future staining or tingeing, she’s getting painted black. Or something fiercely dark. If the noxious aroma is any indication of strength, this room will stay white forever.
THE OUTDOOR JUNGLE
Briefly, and because the spring garden is the best garden, have a quick look at our perennials kicking some serious ass right now. She’s been tamed quite a bit since we got her, but she’s a beast a’burden. Feeling caught up with certain gardens, and relenting to the the rest of ‘em. We like big bushes and we cannot lie.
Thanks to my hubby’s nudging, I’m head-over-heels for the affordable outdoor dining upgrade, but we’ve got waaays to go before this backyard is reaches “paradiso” potential. And one day, section-by-section, the home exterior will be painted a fine, moody green. One fine day.