The Chandler home looks like it came straight out of a storybook. In the summer all sorts of colors spring up from a garden adjacent to its quaint English Tudor architectural details. Its character is, after all, what made Ashley-Rose and Lane Chandler fall for it in 2016.
When the Chandlers moved in, the home was filled with deep reds and golds, dark woods and formal furnishings from its renovation around 2000. But Ashley-Rose knew she wanted to make the style their own as newlyweds in their 20s, and the need for a roof replacement kick started a set of projects to do so.
First, Ashley-Rose enlisted the design mind of Catherine Pringle since her mom and sister had worked with her in the past, and together they worked on an elaborate game of musical furniture. Ashley-Rose had some pieces from the previous homeowners that now made more sense in her sister’s home with her small children, and her sister had pieces that fit better in Ashley-Rose’s Hollywood Tudor. Their parents had recently moved from her childhood home, so Ashley-Rose picked up some pieces with sentimental value too. And then it was time to bring it all together and put her own spin on things.
Ashley-Rose is all about calming blues and leopard print accents, so they introduced those elements to freshen up the look of the rooms too. When it came to the dramatic ceilings and high walls, they coated them with Benjamin Moore Ballet White downstairs and Classic Grey upstairs in the master suite, and they brightened up the dark oak kitchen cabinets with fun Santorini Blue paint.
In the end, the home now feels like Ashley-Rose likes—calm, cozy and casual. Its deep living room and adjacent kitchen/dining room are spacious yet cozy, and with four bedrooms, including a large master suite on the third floor, and a media room in the basement, there’s plenty of room for their family to grow in the years to come. There’s certainly room for future games of musical furniture with her family too, all within the same storybook exterior that’s been on the house for around 100 years.
Most of the Tudor home’s front has remained the same since it was built. However, the Chandlers added copper elements when they had to get a new roof, and the previous owner added a second-story master suite you can see in the middle of the exterior.
Wooden ceiling beams were inherently the base of this room’s style, but Ashley-Rose’s secondary base element was antique weathered doors her mom found at the beach. The space around these doors is a bit more formal with antique accents from her family combined with a coffee table and end tables from At Home and features that boast Ashley-Rose’s preference for comfy, cozy and casual. Not pictured: A secondary seating area closer to the front door of the house feels more informal for TV watching with swivel chairs from Barnett Furniture in Trussville.
Once a natural linen, these dining chairs now pop with blue leopard print and fit well around Ashley-Rose’s sister’s former dining room table, which she was happy to trade for one she had that was a too big for the space and just right for her sister’s family with young kids.
To freshen up this space, Catherine suggested they paint dark oak cabinets a Santorini Blue. One thing she definitely didn’t want to change though was the leaded glass windows. Ashley-Rose brought in an antique (literal) butcher’s block from England to add even more character to the newly freshened kitchen.
Like the rest of the house Ashley-Rose wanted a bedroom palette with a calm vibe and a hint of her favorite “neutral,” leopard print, and she brought in casual and practical with an indoor/outdoor rug that she says is perfect for their dogs. Ashley-Rose found antique lamps at an estate sale that she put new shades on as an accent on dressers she purchased from Three Sheets. Photos from the couple’s destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, line the staircase up to their master suite, which was added onto the house around 2000 and also features a living space.
Behind the Scenes
Interior Design: Catherine Pringle Design
Select Furnishings: At Home, Three Sheets, Barnett Furniture