mStarr at home

YOUR MOST ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT #FARMHOUSEDIALFANO by emily starr alfano

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#farmhousedialfano is always changing and while it drives the hubs a little {lot?} crazy, it also keeps my creative juices flowing and i’m thankful that i have a job that enables me to make said changes quite often. throw a growing toddler in the mix and i feel i’m always just trying to create the most functional yet beautiful home i can.

i’m always so appreciative, and frankly honored, that i receive as many questions about our home as i do over on instagram. i’ve noticed over time that i get a lot of the same questions so i thought it would be a good idea to share the answers in one post here!

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WHERE IS YOUR COUCH FROM?

this is a top two question. and i get it because it’s awesome, ha. it’s from interior define and we have the maxwell sectional with left chaise in pebble weave linen fabric. we love it. ID offers custom products with tons of fabric, length, depth, and leg options but without paying custom prices. read more about our couch selection in this post.

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WHERE IS THE WALLPAPER IN MAX’S ROOM FROM?

this one is probably the most asked question! it’s the dark oh deer mural from anewall decor {a company i had purchased from before} and is the perfect amount of childhood whimsy + sophistication. when max {or i} does tire of it, however, it can come down easily as i got the removable kind. i love the light version as well!


WHAT IS THE PAINT COLOR IN MAX’S ROOM?

it’s patriotic white from benjamin moore. it’s more of a cooler color and is fairly versatile. depending on the lighting, time of day, and decor, it can look more pistachio color or more blue toned.

WHERE ARE MAX’S CURTAINS FROM?

they are the palma fringe curtains from urban outfitters, and we got the blush color. i’m often asked if they block the light and the answer is yes and no. they do have some heft to them but also some sheerness due to the material. we use them on top of a privacy-lined blinds.com roman shade and it darkens the room quite a bit. max doesn’t need everything pitch dark but if you or your children need blackout conditions to sleep they’re probably not the best option if using on their own.


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WHAT ARE YOUR WOVEN WINDOW TREATMENTS?

we actually inherited these when we bought the house. they are bamboo and most are privacy lined {except for the ones in the kitchen}. they look great but a few are in rough shape, as in they’re currently held up by ribbon because the cords are broken. so i plan in the next few months to replace them with something super similar but in lighter colors. i’m eying these woven wood shades from blinds.com.

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WHERE IS THE OPEN SHELVING SHELVING IN YOUR KITCHEN FROM?

this is something else we inherited! the previous owners built them with wood and brackets from either lowes or home depot {can’t remember which}. you could do something similar or the same look could be achieved with floating shelves and brackets installed underneath. in fact those brackets are exactly what we have!

WHERE IS MAX’S LEARNING TOWER FROM?

i had wanted to get her a tower for awhile and somehow didn’t get my act together until this past december. i’m kinda kicking myself because she loves it and keeps her so much more engaged and involved in the kitchen. but anyways, it’s from a vendor on etsy and it’s one of the better designs i’ve seen. i appreciate the natural color {though you can get it stained or painted} and it’s not super deep or wide.

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WHERE IS MAX’S PLAY KITCHEN FROM?

it’s by teamson kids was purchased originally on amazon. it’s sold out right now on both amazon and wayfair {wayfair usually restocks quickly} but this kitchen is by the same brand and is super similar!

for a zillion more things we have {or have had} in the house, you can shop directly from our shop #farmhousedialfano page! and if you have any direct questions, don’t hesitate to comment below!

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DRESSER FOR MAX'S ROOM by emily starr alfano

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if you caught my instagram stories {now a highlight under ‘max room’} and posts these past couple weeks, you might have noticed a theme. for both practical {she doesn’t need a “nursery” anymore. insert wow and crying emojis here} and aesthetic {read: i’m bored} reasons, i’ve been spending a lot of time revamping max’s room.

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the layout is now perfect for her to play and grow and really opens up this small room which is only 9 x 11’. there’s just one thing that’s not quite working…her existing dresser {i added these knobs}. i love the dresser itself and it’s served us well, fitting all of max’s clothes as she’s grown. but in order to make this layout work, the dresser needs to go between the closet and main door. and as you can see above, it’s just too wide and the door won’t fully open. for now it’s fine but it looks a new dresser is on the horizon.

i’ve rounded up a few that i think would work well in the space. whatever we get needs to be spacious given it’s max’s primary storage {right now the closet in the room is a combo catchall for max, bill, and storage} so it needs to be a taller chest of drawers vs wider dresser, but not too tall that it overwhelms the small room and its low ceilings.

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one / might be a little too modern but i like the overall look.

two / a pretty classic style that will look good with different design schemes.

three {in natural maple} / can’t decide if the base is too bulky but love the matching handles.

four / also like the matching handles here and the base is similar to what we have now.

five / the color is what gets me here.

six / this is an unfinished style so i’d probably just seal it and keep the color as is.

seven / this is a whopper of an investment from kalon studios but it’s handmade and perfect.

eight / i’m so so on the base but like the general design.

keep in mind that for the styles that have knobs, i would replace with something more decorative. lots to think about…

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