25 August 2010

A Favorite Home Tour: You'll Be Seeing More of Her

You have written about Anisa Darnell before.  I feel we are 
kindred spirits in design.  We have the same clothes,
and when we meet we talk about the same photos
in magazines.  She also helped us renovate our home...
she is a style guru.

And one of my top five designers of all time.  (Yes,
she's a decorator, but you know what I mean.)  

She is beautiful inside and out...and here is her beautiful home.

Let's start with the kitchen...

Her husband, Casey, recently came home to find her in the 
garage with the cabinet doors on the ground with 
buckets of Benjamin Moore's Cloud White by her side.  He sighs...
by now he knows it's an occupational hazard when 
you are married to a decorator.

They recently got colonial cream granite installed, too.  

I love how everywhere you look in their home, you find beauty
and practicality.

They entertain a lot, so there are myriad seating options and
places to eat.

I adore her mix of vintage lighting with modern, some things she 
finds at IKEA and some are custom.  All are lovingly placed
and serve a purpose.  She is a natural, I tell ya.

If you have been reading, you saw this post 
when I told you it was her bucket idea.

Well here are the originals:

for place mats, etc.  Is that the cutest vignette, ever?

To the left of this eat-in area she (they) have more seating, a play
area, storage, and some work space.

Yes, she sews, too.  These vintage grain sacks are handmade by
Anisa.  If you have seen some in my home...they are by her
hand as well.

Check out the lanterns!  How fun for their little girl & friends.

In the armoire she hides her computer, paperwork & toys.

Check out the light on the incredible vintage (white!) barcart
with wheels.  You should see it in-person.  Really romantic & soft.

Here is the nook that leads to the formal
dining room.

I love her ironstone collection:

And her dining room doesn't disappoint, either.

I told y'all she was the artist behind my mantel painting.  (And for the 
record...mantle or mantel?  I should know, but I don't.)

She reupholstered the chairs herself in to-die-for fabric.

love the crystal drops

Now back to the living room...

She has a tall, two-story den.  To make it
more intimate she (well, with her family.  Her husband helps, of course,
and her mom & dad in Canada preserves homes for a living.  She
always saves jobs for her dad when they come to town!) added boards
to make it have texture and coziness.

I love that she added green above to make the room even more quaint.

Do you not love her window treatment?

The "H O M E"?

and the rest of the room?

The mix of drapery styles & fabrics totally works.

To reach Anisa...feel free to email me (just click on my picture)...
and I have more pictures of her home to share soon!

Here are some pictures of her:

And I couldn't choose which picture of Ava was best,
they all are...

All the best  


  1. What a positivly gorgeous home! I love how it looks so pretty AND functional. She has very lovely vignettes everywhere...such a feast for eyes! Thank you so much for sharing Julie! Angie xo

  2. oh my god............. that house is amazing i love it ...... especially the home letters xxx

  3. I love each and every detail in each and every room. Just gorgeous. And her family is beautiful too!

  4. I.love.

    Can't wait to see more!

  5. Great House....I love the light ad airy feel and the mix of textures throughout. And the wall board treatment in the den is amazing!!!!

  6. What a talented lady she is... her home looks beautiful! and her daughter is adorable! Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures.


  7. Can I move in?? There are so many homes with the incredibly tall ceiling, and I LOVE the wood on the walls. The "HOME" just put me over the edge.

    Thank you for your generous comment today! :-)

  8. Anisa's house is adorable! The living room wall treatment-a brilliant way to break up the 2 story space. seriously, this is a challenge I struggle with and I love how she handled it. Thanks for the introduction Julie!

  9. Very pretty! I really like the white-washed horizontal boards in the den and the fireplace :)

  10. That's a great home. I really enjoy her colour choice and mix of styles.

    And I looked it up, and both mantle and mantel are correct :) x

  11. OOOO lovee.... that living room is two story just like mine and I had wanted to do a treatment similar to that on the walls, just vertical. Great that I can see how it will look beforehand! I am convinced now that it must be done! Love your blog..... :)

    - Jennifer

  12. thats insane.. makes me covet a little... thanks guys... :)

  13. So Beautiful. I love this awesome sweet little family! Anisa is very talented! Design Star Material - According to her husband, and I would agree! :)

  14. I love Anisa, she is absolutely fabulous. As you said, truly a beautiful person both inside and out. Her home is gorgeous and what I love is that she makes a lot of the stuff herself. From the beautiful painting over her mantle to the small hand painted details like the tins that house place mats, cups and napkins. Looking forward to seeing more of her work.

  15. AMAZING! Love her style and that treatment on the family room walls is fantastic! I love her artwork too!