When Anna Hislop started renovating her newly purchased home, she had no idea it would change the course of her life and launch a new career.
In fact, Anna and her husband Kraig had originally planned to build a house on the neighboring land until previous owners mentioned that they were selling what is now the Hislops’ residence.
“When we decided to buy it, we initially thought we would live here for a while and then build next door, but as the renovation process progressed we realized how special this house could be,” says Anna. “We now like the outdoor space that the double lot gave us and have no intention of building on the empty lot. “
It took around 10 months to renovate the four bed, 3.5 bath home to its current modern farmhouse style, with Anna, Kraig and their three children – Mia, Alexander and Claire – moving into the property in June 2018 .
She and Kraig had furnished their old house, but this was Anna’s first real design project.
“Our goal was to improve what we bought, so that it appears to be a new, well-designed house,” says Anna. “I’ve always loved beautiful spaces, but this house is really what created my passion for interior design and homes.
“During the process, I quickly became obsessed with this house and sometimes even wondered why I was so passionate about it. At the end of the process, I realized that this house makes me happy every day, and it is a wonderful thing to be happy in your house.
It was this pleasure that led her to start her own business, Anna Hislop Home, a furniture store and interior design company.
“This is the project that made me fall in love with houses, furniture, design, etc.,” she says. “Seeing the joy my home brings to me and my family has been essential to me, and my life’s job now is helping others feel happy in their homes, regardless of budget. “
The house is on one level and is mainly one room, with lots of natural light and a view of the garden. The bedrooms all surround the main living room, keeping their young family together.
Anna’s style is simple and classic, preferring a design that probably won’t go out of style.
“I like houses that are calm, neutral and timeless, which won’t become offensive or outdated in 10 or 20 years,” she says. “You can regularly change the mood and color of a house, with cushions, rugs, accessories and works of art. It is much more difficult to change flooring and wall tiles. If you want to add a little fun or follow a trend, do it in a smaller space as it won’t cost as much to change over the years.
Applying this aesthetic, Anna added blue and green, along with plenty of pillows, rugs, and natural materials, to add texture and warmth to the home.
“As a base, we painted all of our walls in Benjamin Moore ‘Decorator’s White’ and then we added a weird accent wall and wallpaper,” she says. “Alexander’s bedroom accent wall is wrought iron by Benjamin Moore and it’s one of my favorites. “
In the master bedroom, they chose a padded bed from Clare Shelter in talcum linen, which brings a beautiful softness to the room.
Reclaimed wood and antique pieces are also featured throughout the house, including the dining table, dining console, and coffee table.
“The pieces are solid and have so much texture and interest,” says Anna. “(They are) perfectly imperfect, and no two pieces are the same.”
Other Anna favorites include the Palecek Vero counter stools, crafted from durable steel and natural rattan, with a creamy white leather seat. She describes them as being as comfortable as they are beautiful.
She also specializes in rugs, which she says is a game changer in the look and feel of a room.
“Rugs can either sit in harmony with your room or make a statement by adding an element of surprise,” she says.
During the home decorating process Anna learned a lot about the different lines of furniture and now sells almost all of them through her business.
As for the name of the house, it was chosen by the children.
“Our kids named it Home Sweet Home,” says Anna. “It’s not a very original name, but it shows their love for our house, and it makes me so happy.”
This article appeared in the Fall / Winter 2021 issue of Upside down magazine, now available at magazine kiosks and delivered to select homes in eco-friendly tote bags sponsored by LIVING.KY.
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