Designer, Michelle Vittetoe, sits down to briefly chat about one of her most recent design projects–a stunning rustic farmhouse renovation. She certainly has a knack for interiors, as you’ll see, and we can’t wait to show you more of her work . . . stay tuned!
All photographs taken and provided by Braden’s Team Member, Roger Canada.
Welcome to the Farm
Braden’s: What can you tell us about this home’s condition prior to any remodeling and or design work by you and the owners?
Michelle: This home was built in 1982, and the previous owners had purchased all antique windows, doors, fireplace mantels, etc. In the renovation, we did some complete remodeling in certain rooms, refinished all of the floors and painted throughout. The kitchen was a complete remodel, as were the master bath and laundry rooms.
Braden’s: How would you, as a designer, describe this home?
Michelle: It’s a rustic, yet refined, farmhouse that incorporates a shabby chic design with a mixed array of furniture, including upscale items from Stickley Furniture, Miles Talbott, Theodore Alexander, Drexel Heritage, and Lloyd Flanders–a higher end outdoor furniture manufacturer, in addition to one of our favorite rustic lines. The entire home was furnished through Braden’s.
Braden’s: When setting out to begin the project, what was the owners’ goal?
Michelle: They wanted to create a very homey, relaxed and comfortable feel throughout the home. It had to be warm, welcoming and entirely inviting, and they preferred a very soft, neutral palette.
Braden’s: Do you personally have a favorite part of the home?
Michelle: Oh, there is so much to love, truly. I guess if I had to pick, I would choose the front music room, as well as the family room just off of the kitchen. I love the colors that we selected for these spaces, as well as the furniture pieces. Both are incredibly cozy, and all you want to do, when in the family room, is curl up next to the large fireplace and relax. This particular room shares an open concept with the kitchen, which I like.
I know the owners have really enjoyed their outside living spaces as well, which are incredible.
Braden’s: How would you define Farmhouse Style?
Michelle: Farmhouse Style is centered around the concept of reflecting the country way of life. There should be an emphasis on comfort and relatively informal spaces. The home should be warm, welcoming and inviting, as mentioned, and where possible, the design should be such that accommodates the family and the idea of gathering together. The original farmhouse was made with available materials, so when we recreate that feel through design, we utilize rustic materials, antique pieces or reclaimed items and wood.
Braden’s: Why work with a designer?
Michelle: A designer can open your mind up to things and ideas that perhaps you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. They can save you money in the long run, due to the fact that they are well-versed in the industry, familiar with product and know how to best approach various projects. A designer has made his or her living learning how to interpret a client’s interest and project it through design, so they’ve learned to mix various styles and pull them all successfully together.
Braden’s Lifestyles Furniture has been making Knoxville houses home since 1956, and we would love the opportunity to work with you to create your perfect space. Stay tuned as we share more of Michelle’s design work, and be sure to follow us on social media to keep tabs on everything home décor!