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HGTV Designer, Francesca Grace, Made A Pretty Uncommon Design Choice… Wanna See What It Is And If You Would Do The Same??

Vintage and maximalist lovers, this one’s for you! Just kidding it’s for everyone because this house is pure design joy. Pattern, color, whimsy, the gang’s all here. I think it’s safe to say this home is filled with about 90% vintage and leans into color in a really fun but intentional way. Your eye is both excited yet not overwhelmed. This takes a lot of skill which the new HGTV designer of Fix My Flip, Francesca Grace, clearly has. She also made a pretty cool unexpected design choice in this 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom, 1100-square-foot Craftsman-style home that I can’t wait to show you…among all the other things I want to show so let’s dig in.

Every designer has a unique way of attempting different styles, so I needed to get her top tips on how to go maximalist:

“Don’t be afraid to mix different eras together. Whether it’s vintage, midcentury, a little bit of country chic, whatever your favorites are, throw them all together and I’m certain you’ll love the outcome, because everything in your space should speak to you. You’ll be surprised how well mixing different pieces together balances each other out, and if you don’t know already, balance is key. If one end of the room has a lot going on, don’t leave the other half bare. Plants are another great way to balance out your space.”

Much like Emily says, “pretty looks good next to pretty”. Mixing all sorts of vintage from different eras, as long as the materials and colors talk to each other, is a super-easy way to inject your home with a lot of *your* personality.

Here is Francesca’s awesome living room. The color pallet is fairly neutral with golds, corals, and whites from this angle (and dare I say a hint of chartreuse?). The colors keep it all cohesive while the actual pieces are everything from MCM, trendy 2022, victorian, etc. Also, each piece also has a fair amount of pattern and/or texture:)

See how the flowers on that Tiffany lamp match the color of the club chairs but speak to the pattern of the sofa on the other side of the room? That’s an example of visual balance.

Paint Color | Vintage Fringed Chair (similar) | Benni Ourain Checkered Rug

But then SUPRISE! There’s a dark teal accent wall that makes the room feel a bit more grounded as well as helps to tie in the other end of the room, the dining room.

Francesca is a clear color lover so I asked if she had a color palette philosophy:

“I would simply say to not be afraid of any color! Every hue can work in a space so long as you use it in the right way and with the right design choices. If you want to achieve a comfortable and restful aesthetic, as if you’re in a cabin surrounded by trees, go darker with your color choices to create a warmer and welcoming environment. If you’re someone who thrives in a city environment, try lighter and brighter colors to mimic the high-energy of the concrete jungle. You want to ensure your color choices match what you feel, or how you want to feel when you’re at home.”

Again the color palette is airtight! The wallpaper speaks to the pinks and florals of the living room and those hits of teal flowers tie in the accent wall. Speaking of the HOT TOPIC of accent walls, I asked Francesca, “do you have any rules about accent walls?” since she has a few of them in her home:

“Yes, don’t leave them white! They are the playground, the epicenter, the biggest statement that could be. Yes, art can help a white wall, but an accent wall should be covered with either your favorite color, or wallpaper. The accent wall is ‘where the party is’. Don’t be afraid to bring the party.”

So there are just a few white walls in her home but they feel intentional so that the whole room has a bit of visual breathing room. I really love that she kept the window wall white. First off, it has all of those beautiful widows to show off, and second, I think it highlights the other lighter tones in the room. That’s why it’s both bold and very maximalist yet easy on the eyes and not too overpowering.

Wallpaper | Vintage Floral Floor Lamp | Dining Table

When I asked her what were her favorite “unexpected” design choices she made in this house? Her second response was this:

“My second unexpected, yet magical, design choice I made was placing a vintage Tiffany pendant that has carousel horses surrounding it in my dining room. People may think it’s childish, but I think it resembles my personality and makes the room completely stand out.”

I think it’s so fun and special. But I’m pretty in love with it all. I also really like how this side of the room is more modern vintage and the living area is more “antique” vintage. However, it all just works because of the color palette and materials.

Credenza

That credenza is so sweet and beautifully contrasts the modern table and chairs. Plus notice how the frame is tonal with the wall. What’s cool, if you scroll back up to the photo of the entire wall, is that it looks like she very intentionally chose all gold or metallic frames for the living room and then chose this blue one to act as a zone signifier. What I mean is that our blue-framed blonde beauty “tells” you that you’re in a “different room”. Simple and smart:)

Wallpaper | Bistro Table | Rug

Ok, this kitchen is so sweet and pretty. Again, mixing lots of different eras/styles all the while choosing colors in these pieces that would speak to the neighboring rooms (she didn’t tell me this but I feel pretty confident it’s the reason:)). For example, in this shot, she picked wallpaper and chairs with red them to talk to the red on the wall in her bedroom.

How awesome are those art deco chairs that are upholstered in a sweet, small-scale floral fabric that works perfectly with the medium-scale floral wallpaper?

But let’s get into the bedroom and what about it was the most unexpected design choice she made…

Wallpaper | Headboard | Rug | Nightstands (she took off the legs:))

“Turning the so-called ‘Family Room’ into my dream primary bedroom is my favorite unexpected design choice. I always wanted a grand bedroom, and I didn’t want the small guest bedroom to be the primary bedroom. I figured, why not take over the largest room in the house.”

This is what we mean when we say “it’s your home, live in it how it best works for you”. Just because this room was labeled as a family room does not mean it needed to stay that way. Plus look how fun and beautiful it looks. That wallpaper that speaks to the pillows. The pillow color that speaks to the lamps and the nightstands. The pattern play. The headboard. The STAINED GLASS WINDOWS. Naturally, I had to ask specifically about the windows and if they are original:

“This is a mystery I have yet to solve. When I moved in, they were already existing. But they do not feel old enough to have been there since the 20s. I have looked everywhere on the web to try and figure it out, but I have had no luck.”

EHD Readers! If anyone has any theories, leave them in the comments.

I know you see that white wall but it’s the only white wall in the space which again I think was chosen likely for balance and airiness. Plus it has that very cool huge mirror so it doesn’t really clock as a plain white wall. Also…that bench is incredible.

Wall Mural | Coffee Table (similar)

There is also so much I love about the lounge side of her grand primary bedroom. But my favorite part is the two-toned painted trim. So simple, but adds so much visually. This is something I would absolutely do in my bedroom. I also love this huge mirror too. It’s ornate and awesome so it works beautifully with a vintage, maximalist style while making the room feel lighter (and bigger). Lastly, I want you to note the cowhide. It’s a great contrast in shape to the grid rug (which I also love). Another rectangle would have looked odd. Also, it helps to visually break up the coffee table and wood floors since they have similar tones. The dresser is also in that medium wood tone family but since the light-toned hide is there it moves your focus.

Wallpaper | Headboard | Lamp Base

I know this shot is a bit of a tease since it’s the only one we got for the guest room, but how incredible is that lamp and wallpaper combo? Fringed lampshades are trending and I’m not mad about it. I actually found one for my friend’s room makeover at an antique mall. I love the romantic vibes of the bed, nightstand, and lamp contrasting with the more pop floral wallpaper. It just looks exciting and is a very fun bedroom for a guest.

We’ve obviously seen many vintage finds in this house so I asked for her hot thrifting tips:

“Travel outside of a main city, if you can. Usually, the best finds are off the beaten path. When you go, don’t hold back – dig! The treasures are often hiding, so bring gloves if you’re afraid of getting dirty. Also, get creative with your finds. For example, old hardware can make for a cool key holder or towel holder in your bathroom. Think outside the box.”

Wallpaper | Flush Mount

Lastly, we have her sweet bathroom. I love that she still went bold with pattern but kept the colors very calming. Her version of an eclectic, vintage mini spa. Also, take note of that very cute towel hook!

As someone who has been known to take her time designing, I wanted to see how long it took to fully design this special home that is so personal to her:

“I have been in the house for nearly 2 years. And every day I create a new project for myself so I would say, it is still a work in progress. The overall furnishings were completed within the first year of moving in. I definitely had to be motivated to fully finish the wallpapering and painting, and to finally furnish both the front and back yards. I must say, it’s feeling close to done! My design style is a work in progress and is constantly evolving to reflect my mood.”

Well, maybe that’s the trick! Every day a little house project. Maybe we could do like month challenge and see how much progress we make?! Just throwing out ideas:) Anyway, it was so fun to see Francesca’s home and I can’t wait to check out her show!

Love you, mean it.

*Design by Francesca Grace
**Photos by Marisa Vitale

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Diane
10 months ago

Thank you, Francesca, for sharing your delicious home with us, and thank you, Jess, for breaking down the tour into bite-size moments and highly digestible takeaways. If there’s anything I learned from this space, it is to be yourself! I may never mount a lamp featuring Tiffany carousel horses or toss up a wallpaper with three-foot-wingspan white cranes, but I absolutely adore Francesca’s commitment to her own preferences, and I hereby vow to double down on my efforts to be just as true to myself in my own home!

Henry
10 months ago

I am so grateful to Francesca for such a delightful home design because not everyone dares to share their coziness on the blog. This space just reeks of warmth and opportunities to be yourself without too much hassle or hassle. It does seem like an easy place to relax. It just makes you want to look at these birds in the design and mentally float with them in the sky. I admire Francesca’s freedom of thought that comes through in this design.

Karen
10 months ago

What a fun and classy space! There are so many things I enjoyed but the headboard shape between the stained glass windows was such a beautiful combo.

LouAnn
10 months ago

What a beautiful interesting place. Just the other day some “influencers” were telling me that accent walls were “out.” This space proves them wrong. Nothing is “out” if it looks great in your home and that teal accent wall is gorgeous here! Nicely done.

Gwen
10 months ago

As someone with a near-phobia of velvet (even writing that gives me the heeby jeebies), this is a beautiful nightmare.

🥰 Rusty
10 months ago
Reply to  Gwen

Bahaha!🤣🤣 Love your description!

Susanna Murphy
9 months ago
Reply to  Gwen

I have a lot of “no” swirling in my head but I think I have leveled up in interior design (and entered my mid-40s).

This is a fun home and not pretentious at all. I would feel totally comfortable here. I absolutely love the dining room light fixture. I’ve been looking at those Tiffany-style fixtures for my own dining room and this totally confirmed it would be a good idea. The bedroom headboard wall is gorgeous. Too much to say about this home, but I’m tired. So I’ll just leave it at, love it!

Natasha
10 months ago

That Tiffany horse pendant is to die for! I’m frantically googling to find something similar, and can’t find anything remotely as fun and quirky))

Chris
10 months ago

Great home. Thanks for sharing. What is the unexpected design choice referred to in the title?

Debbie
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Using the family room as the bedroom.

Kelly
10 months ago

Interesting design choices for sure, but who here is team Orlando 4LYFE? HGTV was kind of awful to him…

patty
10 months ago
Reply to  Kelly

So your comment sent me to google for the Orlando story and I am thoroughly outraged on his behalf!!
And yes, the work on this home is beautifully done.

Sunny
10 months ago
Reply to  Kelly

I googled but didn’t find anything…can you send a link? Love Orlando!

🥰 Rusty
10 months ago

Those tub chairs!!!! They’re such a great size too, coz tubs chairs tend to be on the small size. I love the tassles and trim too.💓💓

I suggest that the stained glass windows might’ve been a ‘project’ by the previous owner, because they don’t match and aren’t correct for the era of the house. I like ’em though. 😊

Jess … the mural?? You didn’t mention the Japanese-style wall mural!?!? It’s amazing. Not my style, but a-maz-ing.

ARLYN …… DID YOU SEE THOSE BEDSIDE TABLES/DRAWERS?!?!😃

Cat
9 months ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Stained glass, especially color block stained glass, was absolutely part of the Craftsman movement. https://www.cottagesandbungalowsmag.com/design-ideas/craftsman-materials-all-about-stained-glass/

🥰 Rusty
9 months ago
Reply to  Cat

Yeah, but those look like reproductions (thickness, size of the block, they don’t match), so I don’t think they’re original/fit the craftsman original style.

J
10 months ago

“… Wanna See What It Is..”????!!!! No, I want to see. Come on. Elevate the conversation. Use correct grammer. This is just lazy. It is a headline, not a text.

Gabi
10 months ago
Reply to  J

It is GRAMMAR, by the way, coming from a non-native speaker… 😉

J
10 months ago
Reply to  Gabi

True. Never said I could spell, particulalry when tired. Dyslexic and posted that too fast. Also jsut had to correct my spelling of dyslexic but I won’t correct the rest jsut to see what happens.

Anne Kusilek
9 months ago
Reply to  J

Those of us raised by English teachers are cringing right now! But thank you for reminding us that we don’t know someone else situation and also to keep a sense of humor about such things.

Sheila
10 months ago

Wow, what an amazing house – I’m in awe that she pulled it all together in 2 years! I’d never think of designing a Craftsman in this way but on the other hand, I can’t imagine a better background to showcase this style. Francesca makes such bold choices, I wonder if there were any ideas she tried in this house that just didn’t work out? Or is she just this good all the time?

Deborah
10 months ago

Love, love, LOVE!
I could barely sit still while reading this, I had to get up walk to move around I was so excited!!
Francesca’s beautiful home speaks to me so much, I love a mix of color when they “speak to one another – I am an artist (among other things) and that’s what I do when painting too. The mixing of styles is why I love an eclectic home collection of modern, vintage and antique with some Parisian and English garden floral ambience, and dashes of chinoiserie and MCM, blended with very personal selections, stories and art. Francesca’s home is my favorite home featured on EHD (so far, 10+ year reader)
Thank you for featuring Francesca and her beautiful home!!
My home has been a work in progress to achieving that feeling…not there yet…but getting closer as I find the things, collect the art, and able to fund my projects! 🙂
~Deborah

Reply to  Deborah

Yes, everything you said!

Deborah
10 months ago
Reply to  Deborah

It’s funny coincidence, that deer credenza was something that I was looking at on Pinterest just yesterday, such whimsey! 🙂 It was so striking it really grabbed my eye on the feed and seeing it in Francesca’s home is very cool!
There is a designer in the UK who does a lot of Gold Leaf work that I love and whose home is fun and eclectic:
@lara.bezzina, https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17881054468724833/
What appeals to me is how unique and expressive these homes are.
Of course, I also like calm, California vibes too, actually lots of different aesthetics…. focus is not my strength! 🙂

Deborah
10 months ago
Reply to  Deborah

Bummer, well the link doesn’t work as I intended 🙁 so here is Lara’s IG account link
https://www.instagram.com/lara.bezzina/
Thank you Jess for sharing Francesca’s home with this blog post! 🙂
~Deborah

SarahT
10 months ago

What a fun and inspiring home! I also love the idea of an EHD month challenge of daily updates for readers to make in our homes! How fun would it be to hear about people’s updates in the comment section or see tagged photos on Instagram?

Mindy
10 months ago

Not my thing, it all hurts my brain a little bit. I crave calm and soft colors (not pastels though) in my home. Kudos however for the bravery to decorate in your own style, many get too caught up in what’s trending and they forget what they truly love and enjoy.

Jennifer
9 months ago

I have home with 2 living rooms. The original living room is currently my hobby/sewing/craft room and I spent a ton of time in there. It’s the second biggest room in my house. It’s also the first room you walk into through my front door and it’s always a cluttered mess 🙈. Creative people are messy, ok 😆. Hardly anyone ever comes to the front door. Everyone enters my home through the side door. I got super excited for a second thinking I could swap my bedroom to the larger craft room until I realized there’s no adjacent bathroom or even one remotely close. It just wouldn’t make any sense. Such a bummer since that room has so much space and a beautiful fireplace. Le sigh. I can see how this works in a one bathroom house though. Such a beautiful and exciting space.

Nina
9 months ago

I think it’s possible those stained glass windows were done in the 60s to 70s when it was common to take classes in making them as a hobby. I have several my mother-in-law made back then. I enjoyed the interior design of this house very much.

KD
9 months ago

Delightful! I love seeing this. While it would be too much for me, I really love seeing people embrace their maximalist dreams. Everything about this is fun, vibrant, energy-filled, and still chic. Thank you for sharing, Team EHD.

9 months ago

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9 months ago

Great postI recently started to write a blog about clocks (for http://www.premierclocks.com/blogs/clock-blog) and sometimes I have to write about interior design (I am not so knowledgeable on that topic) and need constantly looking for inspiration and information. Thank you for sharing the ideas!

Anne Kusilek
9 months ago

While I can’t be surrounded by this much visual activity, I do like to be challenged by other designer’s choices. Seeing how pattern, color and texture were used in this home was inspiring and has given me some ideas for how I can work with my new living room rug, an on-line purchase that turned out to be busier than expected. It’s pushing me out of my comfort zone in a good way.

For me a house needs some personal history added before it becomes a home. The antique and vintage pieces, wallpapers, cozy furnishings, etc give this sense of a home that’s evolved over time and that’s what I think makes Francesca’s design feels like a home not a showroom.

elle
9 months ago

Very fun tour of a very fun home, made ever so much more wonderful by the great commentary in the article. I so appreciate your tutelage in good design, how colors, patterns, shapes speak to each other and create balance.

HH
9 months ago

Even with this much maximalism, it’s well balanced. There is A LOT going on in all of the rooms, but it just really works. Bravo! (And this is from someone who does not like maximalism and is bummed that so much of the blog content has that bent.)

anon
9 months ago

I love the horse chandelier and the crane motif, even though I would never ever use wallpaper, because wallpaper is just a nightmare. Individual pieces are good but trend too 1970s/glam too much. I love the idea to use color instead of “greige”. But as the headlined asked “If You Would Do The Same??” No, this overall look is not for me. it’s too busy clashing

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