#FARMHOUSEDIALFANO...A DESIGN*SPONGE TOP 20 HOME TOUR

i hadn’t been on design*sponge in awhile but found myself there recently and stumbled upon their top 20 home tours of all time…and guess who’s included?? yup, #farmhousedialfano! earrlllyyy days #farmhousedialfano. our feature was in early 2015 and boy oh boy does the house look different. after going down memory lane i thought it would be fun to share some side-by-sides to show how the house looked then and what it looks like now. the changes are pretty crazy! the old design feels way less refined, is way darker, and much more mid-century slash i don’t even know? anyways without further ado…


THE LIVING ROOM

#farmhousedialfano living room / circa early 2015 on design*sponge /  photo by  joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano living room / circa early 2015 on design*sponge /
photo by joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano living room / circa early 2015 on design*sponge /  photo by  joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano living room / circa early 2015 on design*sponge /
photo by joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano living room / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by  joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano living room / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano living room / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by  joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano living room / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

gone is the ancient ceiling fan {we love our new fan!}, the blue sleeper sofa, the ikea side table, the bulky coffee table, the too small + too dark rug etc. etc. etc. etc. some things live on however! the framed guest book tags from our wedding, a tripod style floor lamp, the driftwood garland, stacked frames between the windows {though with new frames and new artwork here + here}. the disco ball! obviously the overall aesthetic is very different but it’s just so much brighter + happier right?! and certainly more designed.

THE KITCHEN

#farmhousedialfano kitchen / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by  joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano kitchen / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano living room / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by  joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano living room / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

despite an overall different styling approach, the core of the kitchen has remained the same {exception being a new island}…until now! the fireclay tile backsplash is nearing completion {sneak here} and it’s INSANELY GOOD. better than i imagined or mocked up. there are also some initial plans for new appliances, cabinet + drawer fronts and fingers crossed, new countertops! you can read more about our plans here

MY FORMER OFFICE / CURRENT PLAYROOM

#farmhousedialfano office / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by  joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano office / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano office / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by  joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano office / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

this room has certainly seen the most + biggest changes transforming solely from my office to 90% playroom / 10% mStarr storage. those ikea shelves are still there {now strongly secured to the wall} and while some of those props + mementos remain, the bottom two rows are now dedicated to max’s toys. this room isn’t finished and probably will never be due to the constant rotation.

THE DINING ROOM

#farmhousedialfano dining room / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by  joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano dining room / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

our dining room looks a little different but overall it’s very disappointing, ha. i decided that this is the year to finally make some changes! we plan to paint {which i think will make the biggest difference since we didn’t have time to paint before moving in and the grey is a bit drab} and we actually have a new custom dining table on the way {oval! natural wood!} which will nudge me towards getting new chairs, maybe a new light? i also want to move the black display piece {similar here} to where the bar cabinet is and put more of a buffet style piece {looking at this!}.

MASTER BEDROOM

#farmhousedialfano master bedroom / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by  joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano master bedroom / circa early 2015 on design*sponge / photo by joyelle west

#farmhousedialfano now!

#farmhousedialfano now!

well this is another room that doesn’t do much for me. i’ve talked about the odd shape + size before but i’ve made a little progress at least and it certainly doesn’t look the same as it did for the DS shoot! we’ve since upgraded to a king bed, got a proper headboard and bed frame, a rug i love, and new bedding {these sheets are worth every penny}. the room is totally fine for now but at some point i’d like to give it a little more love.

fun to see the changes right? you can check out more of our original feature here and you can shop many of the current products in the house here: living room / playroom / kitchen / max’s room / master bedroom / dining room.

be sure you’re following along on insta to see updates on the kitchen tile!

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#FARMHOUSEDIALFANO KITCHEN TILE

if you’ve been an instagram follower for awhile, you’ve no doubt seen countless posts + stories where i’ve talked about our desire to add a backsplash to the #farmhousedialfano kitchen. despite our home being from the 1830’s, the kitchen was a more recent addition and therefore we didn’t have to do anything other than some cosmetic and style-related updates. we even kept the paint color {a light blue} + the existing open shelving. but both bill and i always thought something was missing and that my friends, is a killer backsplash. thanks to a partnership with my friends at fireclay tile, it is FINALLY happening. and in just a few weeks! cue the digital fireworks!

i actually feel that backsplash is too small a term because we’ve decided to tile pretty much the entirety of three walls. here’s where we are now here are a few photos that show the areas we’re tiling {excuse the mess but #reallife}. the first photo presented the biggest dilemma when deciding what to tile. the kitchen has a vaulted ceiling with beams {a much-appreciated touch in a house that otherwise has 7 and 8’ tall ceilings}. i went back and forth on whether to follow the natural ceiling line on the sink/fridge wall or to go alllll the way up. in reality it’s only another 40 square feet but ultimately decided to just follow the ceiling line all the way throughout the room. let’s hope i don’t regret the decision but we can always add!

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below you can see what we’re planning for the rest of the kitchen, in total we’re tiling 155 square feet.

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ok so the plan! herringbone. brick. i want a showstopper design but one that’s also timeless and appropriate for our centuries old house. i went back and forth {and back and forth} on what color brick to do…i knew i wanted something neutral to allow for my decorating whims and eventually narrowed it down to klamath and elk. elk being the warmer tone, klamath being the cooler. we {ok i} have decided to go with klamath as the glaze isn’t so heavy that you can’t see the natural variation of the brick and while it’s more of a cooler blue color, it doesn’t feel TOO cool.

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so here you go! a mockup of how it will look! we plan to swap out our existing white open shelving with a more natural wood and no brackets. what do you think?! i can’t tell you how excited i am for this. we’ve talked about doing it for SO long and i can’t believe it’s finally happening! a former colleague of bill + mine now has his own tile company so he’ll be installing!

mStarr design / #farmhousedialfano kitchen tile mockup / fireclay tile

i’ll be sharing peeks and the whole process over on instagram so be sure you’re following along. and do stay tuned because there might be some other big changes

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disclosure / fireclay tile is generously providing the tile for our project. we are covering the installation costs.

 
 

 

mStarr is a lifestyle studio specializing in interiors, creative direction, editorial design and brand partnerships. if you’ve got a project, let us know!