A New England Colonial to Classic Modern
When California native Athena Bohm and her boyfriend Alexander Mejia took on their first renovation as a couple, they knew that they wanted to bring both of their design styles into the home. “My boyfriend is a contractor/architect and I have always been into interior design,” Athena writes. “We wanted to be able to collaborate on something that we are both passionate about and that would help us grow as a couple.”
The pair joined forces with members of Alex’s team at Blue Sky Designs, a company prided for helping clients channel their individual expression, to make their visions a reality.
The renovation took a total of six months to complete and the house is currently on the market in Fairfield, CT for $559,000.
For the focal point of the living room, Athena and Alex honed in on the fireplace to make a statement. The pair utilized reclaimed lumber to create a shiplap design and installed a wooden mantle to coincide with the floating shelves in the kitchen. The duo also elected for dark, wide-plank bamboo flooring for the majority of the home, and a textured basketweave marble in the bathrooms for a classic modern style.
“I wanted to still keep that classic colonial vibe but add modern elements. In the kitchen I sourced barn wood that is over 100 years old for my floating shelves to add that rustic element in the design and I did a full wall herringbone marble backsplash to add elegance and class.”
“It was my first time doing any type of major home renovation so every day was something new. I wasn’t that typical girl pointing and telling people what to do. I got down and dirty! I cut myself, sprained muscles, my nails seemed like they had dirt on them for a good 3 months and at one point I was even wearing a hazmat suit.”
“Watching all these shows on TV made me think I could finish my whole home from start to finish in 2 months. After the first two months of our non-stop renovation and seeing how long it actually takes to do things, I realised what you see on TV is pretty unrealistic.”
//Photography: Jason Setiawan//