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This Virginia Home Is Full of Earth Tones (and the Sweetest Dog)

Brittany Goodman house tour

“I’m a math teacher,” says Brittany Goodman. “So, designing my house has been a creative outlet for me.” Brittany lives with her husband, Aaron, and their three kids — Emma, 8, Maddie, 6, and Colton, 3 — on eight acres of land in Crozier, Virginia, where they are embracing a quieter life. Here’s their comfortable hideaway…

DINING ROOM
Brittany Goodman house tour Dining table: West Elm. Chairs: Article.

Brittany Goodman house tour

Brittany Goodman house tour

Pendant light: Schoolhouse. Frames: Target. Rug: Rejuvenation.

Brittany Goodman house tour

On moving to the country: We’re only about 30 minutes from Richmond, Virginia, where we lived before we moved. My husband always wanted to live in the country, and now we’re surrounded by woods and farms. I was resistant to moving at first, but I don’t feel cut off like I feared I would. I feel more at peace, and I like being able to go outside and breathe in the fresh air. We have the space to appreciate nature and spend time together. One day we hope to have chickens and goats and vegetables.

On the timing of move-in day: We moved into our home last February, just before everything shut down. It gave us a chance to get situated. Our home is a new build; we broke ground on this plot of land in July 2019. It can be tough to avoid a cookie-cutter feel with new construction, so it’s been my goal to warm things up.

On building a gallery wall: I didn’t want to hang a random collection of family photos on the wall. I really wanted it to feel cohesive, almost like an art installation. So, I picked out craft paper in a mauve color to match the rest of the room, and stuck it to black-and-white prints of our favorite memories. As the kids grow, I can switch out the prints!

OFFICE
Brittany Goodman house tour

Desk: CB2. Bookcase: CB2. Paint: Sherwin-Williams “Tricorn Black.”

On life imitating art: When I was designing my office, I knew right away that I wanted to have a black wall. There’s just something about black that draws your eye in, and the moodiness really works for this room. I was looking through different pieces of art that would go with black and remembered this vintage piece my grandma once had above her fireplace. Growing up, my sister, cousin, and I always saw ourselves as that little girl with the dog, and now my family has a lab, Kauai.

KITCHEN AREA
Brittany Goodman house tour Pendants: Schoolhouse. Island chairs: West Elm. Round bread board: McGee & Co.

Runner, similar.

Brittany Goodman house tour Backsplash: Mosaic Tile. Hardware: Emtek. Hanging rails: DeVOL Kitchens. Copper cookware: Amazon.

Brittany Goodman house tour

Brittany Goodman house tour

On that cabinet color: It’s what people ask me about the most! We ended up going with Echelon Cabinetry, and they had this latte color. I love the way this shade catches the light at all times of day: sometimes it reads more blush and other times it’s more like putty. I know I’ll be happy with it for a long time.

On giving kids space to run: My husband and I call the aisle between the island and stove ‘the runway’ because our kids run through as we cook dinner. I love having the brass rails because everything I use most is within reach. It makes prep and cleanup easy.

LIVING AREA
Brittany Goodman house tour Side chair: Anthropologie. Pillow: Crate & Barrel. Ottoman: Article. Sectional: West Elm. Rug: West Elm. Side table: Pottery Barn. Mantel mirror: Crate & Barrel. Wooden stool: Target. Log holder: Crate & Barrel. Paint: Sherwin-Williams “Pure White.”

Brittany Goodman house tour

Brittany Goodman house tour

On creating design corners: I live by the famous William Morris quote of only bringing things into our home that we find beautiful or useful. It’s about combining textures, and colors, and things that tell a story. When I’m looking around my house, I see these nooks and crannies filled with pieces that catch my eye and it makes me happy. Isn’t that what a home is supposed to do?

BATHROOM
Brittany Goodman house tour Mirror: Rejuvenation. “Please Wash Hands” sign: Schoolhouse. Sconce: Wayfair. Paint: Sherwin-Williams “Rosedust.”

On creating a bold powder room: The powder room is right off our main living area, and I wanted it to be something people wouldn’t expect when they opened the door. I was inspired by a dusty rose color on the runner in my kitchen, and originally, I was only going to paint either the top half or the bottom half of the walls. But painting everything makes for such a bold statement.

DAUGHTERS’ BEDROOM
Brittany Goodman house tour Wallpaper: Anthropologie, similar.

Brittany Goodman house tour

Paint: Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint. Desk: Ikea. Chair: similar. Dot art: Juniper Print Shop.

On the chalkboard wall: Emma loves all things art, so I knew she’d use a chalkboard wall. She and Maddie pretend to be teachers, which is really sweet.

On the hummingbird wallpaper: I gave Emma three options for the wallpaper and let her pick the one she wanted. I like to include the kids on these projects to help them feel involved, but make sure their choices still work with the rest of the house.

SON’S BEDROOM
Brittany Goodman house tour National Parks print: Uncommon Goods. Wanderer throw pillow: Crate & Kids.

On building a father-son bond: My husband and Colton both love the outdoors, so we hung a print of national parks. Our last home was built in 1938, so I want to bring that same character to this home, even though it’s a new build. It’s important for me to make sure it has a soul.

PARENTS’ BEDROOM
Brittany Goodman house tour Armoire: West Elm. Bedding: West Elm. Bed blanket: similar. Bedside lamps: Anthropologie. Chandelier: Anthropologie. Floor mirror: Crate & Barrel. Nightstand: Ikea. Letter “G” art: Etsy. Rug: West Elm.

Brittany Goodman house tour

Brittany Goodman house tour

Brittany Goodman house tour Medicine cabinet: Pottery Barn. Rug: Rejuvenation. Sconce: West Elm. Faucet: Wayfair.

On following in family footsteps: My grandmother and grandfather lived on a farm for 50 years, and this leather chair was given to us after my grandpa passed away. My grandma inspired the earth tones in our home, and wanting every room to feel personal.

On a private place: Our bedroom and bathroom feel like a retreat, and it’s the first time we’ve had this kind of grown-up space to ourselves. I like to come in here and hide.

Thank you so much, Brittany!

P.S. More home tours, including a Minnesota house with the cutest dog and a family home with a dramatic bathroom.

(Photos by Paige Daniels for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Rebekah says...

    This home is perfect! Where is the bed frame from in the master?

  2. jeannie says...

    I don’t know how I missed this post! What a beautiful home! I would love to know if that is a site-finished or pre-finished wood floor and what the stain color is.

  3. Barb says...

    Beautiful!! Are the wood floors in the bedroom the same as the living room/kitchen?

  4. Natalie says...

    This home is just lovely. Does anybody know what color white Brittany uses throughout her home? We live in a house that backs up to woods, which I love, but I’m trying to figure out a way to bring a little light into our living room and kitchen. I think white is the way to go: I’m loving the tranquility of her space.

  5. Teachers do everything better :) What a delicious and serene home. Also, yay for the b&w gallery wall! I was staunchly anti-gallery wall (too stimulating and emotionally loud) until I became a cat parent … then, karma! I now take every single video call meeting in front of my b&w gallery wall dedicated to my furbaby :)

  6. Karen A Ortiz says...

    As a graphic designer that is constantly laying out pages in grids, this home makes my eyeballs so happy. The alignment of everything is so good.

  7. Theodora says...

    lovely home. would love to know where the corded bench at the end of your bed is from?

  8. Lauren E. says...

    My husband and I JUST moved into a (much) bigger apartment and I just want it to feel like this NOW! It’s so hard to fill a space with things you love when there’s so much of that space.

    That said, does anyone have any great picture frame sources? I feel like they’re hundreds of dollars or cheap generic plastic and nothing in between.

  9. Claire says...

    Wonderful home, love the windows. I was interested to see that the kitchen looks like it has only one wall cabinet, with the rest of the storage down low. I like the airy feel of this. Is there also a pantry somewhere?

  10. Its the gallery wall in the dining room for me! Oh, and the cutest doggo who insisted he must be in most frames :) what a lovely home!

    Libby

  11. RJ says...

    Oh, I just loved reading this and scrolling back and forth through the lush images, thank you. So earthy and relaxing — my shoulders have dropped down from my ears after a busy day, thank you xx

  12. Ally says...

    She’s a teacher?! She should be an interior designer! I’d hire her!!!

    • Lia says...

      Ha, I came here to comment the same thing! This home was gorgeous.

  13. RB says...

    This is my idea of perfection. I have never seen a house before that is basically EXACTLY what I would do for myself. Want everything in here.

  14. Jodi says...

    Scouring comments to find out where the rug in the office is from. Anyone know?

  15. I love this so much thank you!!

  16. Lara says...

    I need to know about the window treatments in the master bedroom. Are there hidden blinds or shades, or is it just so dark in the country that one can sleep without window treatments? Did they remove them for the photo shoot?

  17. Alyssa says...

    Love. Absolute perfection.

  18. Rachel Y says...

    I’d like to go there and hide too…
    Feel the serenity.

  19. Katie Blandford-Levy (Levy) says...

    From what I can tell, our house has a very similar layout. I’ve never seen a home tour that is so *exactly* what I want ours to look and feel like. It’s just… relaxing. There’s a place for everything, but it’s not cluttered and the colors and blank space just seems to leave room for a calmness of mind and body. (Or maybe I’m just projecting during these frenetic times!) We hope to do an attic renovation some day to make a primary suite, and the parents’ room w/ bathroom will be the top model. Thank you!

    • Katie says...

      Still stalking your home page :-)

      Are your kitchen curtains pure white or more of an ivory?

  20. Annie says...

    Leather chair. That’s all.

  21. S says...

    So gorgeous and cozy – liveable!

  22. Beautiful home and absolutely gorgeous photos. Well done to the photographer, Paige.

  23. KLG says...

    Where is the bed in the master bed from? Your house is MAGIC!!!!

  24. Rebekka S. says...

    I was blown away when I read that this home is new construction! It has so much beautiful character and charm, I would have sworn it was an old, exceptionally updated farmhouse. I am in awe of the incredible style and sense of home that Brittany has cultivated. Bravo!

  25. Debbie says...

    Brittany, would it possible to find out the name of the window manufacturer you used? I LOVE the size of the panes and the mullions. They have an old house look without being the widows with multiple small panes. Thank you! Your home is absolutely gorgeous.

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you!! Yes, the windows were so important to us! They are Pella windows from their Architect Reserve line. 👌🏻

  26. Elle says...

    This is one of those rare new houses that is brimming with character. The details are all beautiful and thoughtfully designed. But I do wonder how one manages in a bedroom with nothing on the windows!

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you!! Ha! We have put window shades up since these pictures were taken! Luckily, there’s no one around us so we weren’t putting on a show!

  27. Courtney Adkins says...

    So beautiful. May I ask where your bathroom vanity is from?

    • Wendy D says...

      I would also like to know about the vanity

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you! Our vanity is from Room & Board!

  28. Absolutely beautiful home! Thoughtfully decorated. I would move right in 😃

  29. April says...

    Lovely home. I would have never guessed it was new construction. Great gallery wall idea. I am working on trying to do a cheap remodel of our kitchen and I think those rails would be great in an unused wall space we have.

  30. Nora says...

    Just beautiful. Everything!!

    Brittany, thinking you could also be very successful as an interior designer alongside your teaching job ;-)

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you Nora!! I’d love to be able to do that one day!

  31. Kasey Huseland says...

    So many lovely and meaningful prints! It’s about time we’ve added more to the walls in our home, but I keep putting it off — not sure of my style, or what would work best for each space. Overwhelming. This is inspiring.

  32. Livin in a pre WW1 apt in NYC says...

    This house is like everything I want. It is so, so beautiful and I love the idea of being in the country with room to run and close to Richmond (where I went to college and have always wanted to return). And she keeps mentioning how the house is a new build as if she needs to apologize for it — I would love to live in a newly built house. You have great taste and thanks for letting me live vicariously through you!

  33. Grace says...

    How lovely! When I thought I might stay in Virginia, I was looking for homes in Crozier. It’s just gorgeous and so fun to drive around that whole area. Looks like I should have gone for it!

  34. KK says...

    STUNNING home!!!!! may i ask where the end is from in your master?

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you! The bench is from Dania Furniture Co!

    • kk says...

      oops! may i ask where you purchased the bed in your master?

  35. Ann says...

    That hummingbird wallpaper is so beautiful. I never knew Anthropologie sold wall coverings?!?! Gorgeous! Thank you for this!

  36. Kathryn says...

    I love the color and sizing of the hardwood flooring. Do you happen to remember the source and item #? Thanks!

    • Brittany says...

      I don’t! But I can tell you they are solid oak floors with a Piedmont honey finish. Hope that helps!

  37. Samantha says...

    So beautiful! May I ask where the parent’s bathroom vanity is from? So so lovely.

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you! Our vanity is from Room & Board!

  38. Jennifer says...

    I am OBSESSED with this kitchen. We’re doing a kitchen remodel soon – paused because of 2020. The cabinets are beautiful. What kind of countertop is this? Is there a pattern? Hard to tell with light reflection. Thank you!

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you!!! We love our kitchen. The countertop is quartz in Marbella white. It had very subtle veining!

  39. Kristen Creek says...

    Beautiful home!

    Where was the child silhouette prints made?

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you! I made those following a tutorial from Emily Henderson’s blog!

  40. Vero says...

    Wow this home is divine.

  41. AR says...

    Such a beautiful home. The perfect balance between Scandinavian coolness, yet full of personal touches and coziness.

  42. Stephanie says...

    I love this home! Would love to hear more about how she sources holders for all the taper candles. Gives her home such a cozy feel!

    • A says...

      The beautiful candles really jumped out at me too…

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you!! I love collecting tapers! I’ve gotten them from all over – thrift stores usually have them, local small shops, Anthro, even Target!

  43. Robin says...

    I absolutely love this house, especially the colour scheme. The colour scheme is going to be my inspiration for my own home. Muted earth tones.

  44. Meg says...

    This post came at the perfect time. I just moved into my first house (a cookie cutter flip) and have been trying to figure out how to execute my “vision.” Including how to insert a dark paint and maintain a light and airy space…this nailed it, and I’ll be referring to it often. Thanks so much for sharing your home!

  45. Donna S says...

    Love this home! Such a calm and welcoming feel.

  46. Agnes says...

    Dream house. Dream house. Dream house.. I am DYING. I love this so, so much I want to cry. Especially the windows. One thing, and NOT specific to this house but – islands. Discuss. Just wondering why they are so popular now. I LOVE kitchens where the table is right there (in place of the island). You can use it as a counter (a little lower), your kids, visitors etc. can sit right there in a comfortable way while you’re cooking, and it feels really cozy. I don’t know. I never got on board with islands in general. This house though could change my mind. WAAHHH I want this house.. haha. Great job you guys :)

    • jane says...

      I’ve been in two kitchens where the island low and wide like a table – they combined them and I loved it because it is so usable. No need to choose : )

    • Agnes says...

      I’ve never seen that before!! Good to know..

    • Caitlin says...

      I absolutely love our kitchen island. Would have been right there with you but now I’m a convert! When we used to have people over it’s where everyone wants to be. Kids love it and I love that I can prep dinner with my little ones drawing, playing, etc at the island when they want to be nearby. We are actually thinking about swapping it out for a bigger island! Honestly might be my favorite feature of my house.

  47. Teddy says...

    I agree with other commenters that this is my dream home and the COJ house tour home that I’d most want to live in!! Brittany, do you read the blog Chris Loves Julia? Your aesthetic reminds me so much of that! If you don’t, definitely check it out – I think it’d be right up your alley! :)

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much! Yes, I’m a big fan of Chris Loves Julia!! What a nice compliment!

  48. Robin says...

    Great home tour, and lovely, serene bedroom, but I have a question: where are the dressers or closets? Is there a walk-in closet we are not seeing?

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you!! Yes, we have a walk in closet and a tall armoire that didn’t make it into the pictures!

  49. Gina says...

    Gorgeous house! We recently remodeled our kitchen/dining room area and have the exact same dining room table! We also have a huge blank wall behind it and I’ve been struggling with what to put behind it. After seeing your gallery wall I’m inspired to do something similar!

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much!! Yes, we love that gallery wall! You should try it!

  50. Lauren says...

    This house is lovely! Brittany, your photo gallery wall is great and I am curious what size photos you used so you can easily mix portrait and landscape shots while keeping all of the frames oriented the same way. I would love to creat soemething similar. Thanks!

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you Lauren!! The photos are 4 x 6 so that I could alternate vertical and horizontal on the background!

  51. Cassandra says...

    CoJ, I love these home tour posts! BUT…what if you included one ‘let’s be real’ photo that shows that cluttered kids closet, or what the kitchen looks like before they remove all the appliances from the counter, etc. I get that the stylized photos are more design foreword and aspirational, but just one photo that shows that people really *live there* would be refreshing and humanizing.

    • Olivia says...

      I was just thinking the same thing! Like wow, it would be funny and do wonders for my own mental health to see all the kids stuff everywhere must like mine, lol

      I thought a lot about what effort it took for Brittany to get the house cleaned and keep everyone from mussing it up! Lovely lovely job.

    • Alexa says...

      Respectfully, why can’t be it enough to *know* that most everyone has, here and there, at some point (or perhaps always!), appliances and a stack of bills or receipts on the counter, a full laundry basket to either wash or fold, etc.? This is a home tour meant to uplift and inspire…who wants to see clutter? That might feel relatable and validating to some, and I suppose you could make the argument that it isn’t uplifting if you end up feeling bad about your messy closet, but we can all know it exists somewhere at least some of the time, because that is life!

      …not to mention that maybe they keep immaculate closetA and actually do store away their appliances, regardless of who is coming to have a peek.

      Either way, we can know that a family does indeed live there.

    • Kate says...

      I once saw a picture of someone’s living room in a shelter mag that really WOWED me. I actually found the homeowner’s instagram account because I wanted to see more pictures of their space! The funny thing is they had posted a shot on their social media of their living room in verrrry different circumstances: messy with kids toys, cords everywhere, not at all staged, etc.

      It helped me remember that very few things are so picture-perfect all the time!

    • Cassandra says...

      Alexa, I totally understand your point that these design posts are supposed to be aspirational. And of course, everyone has clutter and it’s normal. But if it’s normal why don’t we show it? Why should we aspire for things that aren’t realistic? It seems incompatible with the CoJ ethos (or at least what I think it is) to gloss over the real stuff and only show the pretty and perfect.

    • jane says...

      I mean, when you have guests in your home don’t you clean and neaten the entire house? Why would anyone invite people into a messy home, let alone the entire internet? This ‘logic’ is entirely “unrelatable”. It is backwards, in fact.

    • Cassandra says...

      Just to be clear, I’m not knocking that her home is tidy. Nor and I saying that cleaning up for a photo shoot make her is this post unrelatable. And of course people clean and tidy before guests
      Her home is beautiful and I love looking at design posts and photoshoots of beautiful scenes as much as anyone.
      I guess I’m just at my point where I’m recognizing for myself that images of perfect scenes or clothes or makeup is not how real life is. Sure it’s an escape, but I thought it would be fitting of a CoJ post to go beyond the idealized version of something and reveal a bit of the reality that lies beneath.

    • Kelley says...

      I’m with you! I’d love to see what spaces look like when they are lived in. I’d also love a week of outfits with someone like me, aka someone who wears the same pair of sweats 3 days in a row. Of course I love looking at beautiful things, but I appreciate reality even more. I find it interesting that above commenters suggest we *know* everyone has clutter, so why show it? I’d say because we are constantly bombarded with unattainable perfection. And even though we “know” no one is perfect, it’s very, very easy to forget.

    • Alex says...

      To Kelley: totally, yes! Especially since the pandemic, as I tend to spend more time on internet I realized I´m just literally losing interest in seeing perfect homes and perfect bodies and perfect makeup etc….and also, I´m not interested in seeing high-end items which I absolutely cannot afford in all the magazines and blogs. I´m saying this without any judgement, just saying frankly how the pandemic has shifted my outlook on some things, and I believe I´m not the only one who experiences this.

  52. lee says...

    OMG! Honestly, I have never seen a house tour that I wanted to step foot and live in as much as this one. Brittany has an incredible eye for design!

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much Lee! That means a lot!

  53. lilly says...

    Dear CoJ-community, are there any plant people among you?
    I could identify the fig tree (I guess?) – but does anyone happen to know, what kind the shy and rather spindly one could be, the one in the dining room corner?
    Any clue would be much appreciated!
    … am trying to become more plant savvy …
    Thank you very much!

    • Caroline says...

      Hi, I believe that is an olive tree :)

    • Lesley says...

      I am venturing a guess that it is a little olive tree.

    • jane says...

      Looks like an olive tree…

      Beautiful home btw. Love the vibe especially knowing there’s 8! luscious acres out the door : )

    • Jules says...

      Olive tree!

    • shade says...

      Pretty sure it’s an olive tree. So pretty!

    • Brittany says...

      Yes, it’s an olive tree!

    • lilly says...

      Thank you all!!
      I just know them looking … somewhat different.
      So, an indoor olive tree it is.

  54. sarah garner says...

    Beautiful! can you tell me about the twin bed that looks like it has a trundle?

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you! Yes, I found that on Wayfair! Search day bed with trundle!

  55. Katie says...

    Yes, could you please share where you got the small chair in your son’s room? I love it!

    • Brittany says...

      That is an Amazon find but is no longer available, unfortunately!!

  56. Emily says...

    This might be my favorite home featured on Cup of Jo. It’s just…perfect.

    • Julie says...

      I thought the same thing!! I think especially because they managed to do this with a new built house. It’s quite an achievement.

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Emily!

  57. Cynthia says...

    When I first saw the windows, I thought it was an old renovated farmhouse. The windows are my favorite part. The whole house is really nice and the kitchen is awesome. I live in the Richmond suburbs, and Crozier is only about 30 minutes away.

    • Brittany says...

      This makes me so happy!! We lived in the city of Richmond for several years and I fell in love with the old architecture. We tried to model the windows off of our old ones!

  58. Jules says...

    Could you kid you please say where you got the little chair in your son’s room? Thank you!

  59. Emily says...

    I love everything about this – wondering if she could provide the source of the end of bed bench in the parent’s bedroom? Looking for something similar!

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you! That bench is from Dania Furniture Co!

  60. Oh, this is a favorite. I love her whole philosophy and vibe–the white, natural woods, black and gold combos. Reminds me of something Anna Bond of Rifle might do. And I’m from the great Commonwealth of VA, too (JMU grad!). So lovely, Brittany! Thanks for sharing. XOXO.

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Judy!! Good ol’ VA! My husband and I were born and raised here too!

    • Rebecca says...

      Anna Bond’s house tour was featured on cup of jo. it was also a lovely house.

  61. Sarah says...

    Beautiful house, so warm and interesting.

  62. Blythe says...

    I love this home! Brittany, can you please tell me where the bench at the end of your bed is from??

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you!! That bench is from Dania Furniture Co!

  63. Sophie says...

    Can you share where they purchased the bench at the end of their bed (main bedroom)?

  64. Joy says...

    Beautiful home! Where can I find the lovely white blanket in your daughter’s room?

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you Joy! That is a bedding set I found on Wayfair!

  65. Wow, this made my jaw drop! This is 100% my dream home in terms of decor and styling. I have so many questions but would love to know where the following are from: bench at the foot of the bed, entryway wood bench, and round nightstand in daughter’s bedroom please and thank you!!

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much, Andrea! The bench in our room is from Dania Furniture Co, my daughter’s night stand is IKEA, and the entry bench we made! I have a highlight story on my Instagram account showing how we made it!

  66. AJ says...

    This tour might be the only one I’ve zoomed in on all the pics. Serene and warm and gorgeous. Sometimes these beautiful home tours are filled with antiques and other items sourced from long ago (which is beautiful and unique too but just different). With this one, I can find a lot of this stuff! Perfect timing. Love this.

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much! I appreciate the little details so much so I love that you zoomed in!

  67. Amy says...

    There is no clutter in this house! I’m so envious. It’s just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing Brittany!

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you Amy! Don’t worry – there’s lots of clutter in cabinets and baskets and all over the kids rooms, ha!

  68. Shannon says...

    100% my dream style. I especially love the kitchen cabinet color and that bathroom color!

  69. Millie says...

    Crozier! I went to college about an hour away and we would go to Crozier for the brick-oven pizza. What a lovely part of the country! And what a beautiful home. I could move right in! ;) Plus I’m married to a math teacher so I’m feeling very at home.

  70. Marilee Sulewski says...

    Stunning. It feels like a warm, comfortable and livable family home AND is stylish. I feel like you could just walk in and put your feet up with a cup of coffee. Lovely and thank you for sharing!

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you!! That’s exactly how I want my home to feel!!

  71. nade says...

    The boy’s chair is so sweet, grabs attention right away! Loved everything, so harmonic and calm

  72. Christina says...

    Such a beautiful home! There is somehow a really warm feeling, and lovely soft colours. Thank you for sharing!

    I have a question, that isn’t particular to this house, but I came to think of it now and I have thought about it before. The entry – right into a room? Where do this family / many other Americans keep coats, boots and other stuff, their own and those of visiting guests?
    Things you wonder about when you are Swedish! :-)

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much! We have a mud room where we keep all of our coats, boots, backpacks, and everything else!

    • Emma says...

      I always wonder the same thing. I live in Canada so we definitely need a space to remove boots and jackets. I feel like Americans often end up entering through the garage connected to a mud room, but it does always suprise me to see the front door open straight into the living room. We would freeze to death with that setup! What a lovely home, and I love the gallery wall idea.

    • Liz says...

      Many Americans don’t use the front door to their homes. They come in a side door, sometimes through a garage, sometimes into the back or kitchen portion of the house.

      However, many people without large homes DO enter straight into a room, whether the living room or a kitchen area. We just cope. Also, there are many parts of the US where the climate is very temperate or is warm, and coats/boots/blasts of freezing air aren’t the same kind of issue, or are only an issue for a couple of months of the year.

    • Sarah says...

      As an American who recently visited friends in Sweden, I need to share that your comment brings me so much joy! And that my now entryway looks very Swedish… boot trays, shoe rack, coat racks and all (even slippers for guests). The kitchen now has a separate sponge for the dishes and a washcloth for table cleaning. Candles are used for the everyday coziness instead of just “special” occasions, and my life feels so much cozier.

      Things you adopted from Sweden when you’re American and are still waiting for paid parental leave, universal healthcare, and Fika.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      slippers for guests!!! love.

    • shannon says...

      We have an old home (built in 1914) in Philadelphia. No coat closet by the front door, but we do have a vestibule before you enter the living area. Vestibules are common in the rowhomes in this region, if they haven’t been torn down in an update. It’s so functional and keeps our living room much more comfortable in all seasons. It also has incredible oak paneling and the original green and white mosaic tile! It makes it such a joy to enter our home!

    • Christina says...

      Thank you so much for all the kind replies!

  73. Karen says...

    This home is so beautiful–thanks for sharing.

    Would you mind sharing the source for the Blue Ridge topo map? I grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge but now live in Scotland. I’d love to have a little bit of home here. Thank you.

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much! The map is from a small company called Muir Way. We absolutely love that print!

  74. Emily says...

    Fellow math teacher here who uses decorating her home as her creative outlet :) This home is so welcoming and warm and I’m impressed with how much character it has for a new build home. I hope your family enjoys this place for many years to come.

    • Brittany says...

      Hi Emily! I love that!! Thank you so much! We hope to be here for a very long time!

  75. SS says...

    I notice the desk is placed in the middle of the room – I see this all the time in home decor photos. How do you plug in your electrical items? Is there an outlet in the floor? Or, is the placement just for the staging? Same with the side table in the LR – how is the lamp plugged into the outlet?

    • Becca says...

      I can’t speak for this particular tour, but my parents live in a new build condo and had an outlet installed in the middle of their living room floor, where they wanted their side table so that they could plug in a couple of lights.

    • Brittany says...

      Hi! When I have my laptop out, that cord is visible and plugged into the black wall. Other than that, everything else is in the cabinet in the back with an outlet right behind it!

  76. Alicia says...

    Maths IS creative!

    • Angela says...

      That was my thought too!! (And, beautiful home).

  77. Zahra says...

    My favourite ever. It makes me want to step through my phone and live there <3

  78. Margaret Ray says...

    I want to see the outside! What does the land look like?? I bet it’s dreamy.

  79. Mathilda says...

    It keeps amazing me how families can live in so much white! Our home would look like a total mess after a couple of days. Chocolate and pencil stains, dog hair and paw prints, spilled tea, tomato sauce …

    • Jo says...

      This kind of comment shows up in every home post. Why would you have tomato sauce anywhere but the kitchen? And dog hair and pencil marks are nothing to be afraid of, they look equally good on a white sofa as a brown one.

  80. AB says...

    I love how sophisticated, yet child-friendly the living room is. I’ve been wanting to upgrade some of our pieces, but struggling to find inspiration in the “round corners” and “won’t ruin easily” category. This was just the inspiration I needed. And the kids rooms are great, too!

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much!! Our home is very lived in so we definitely have to think about furniture that our kids can run around! So far so good here!

  81. Kristy says...

    I know CoJ house tours never include this information, but I’m always so curious about how a math teacher (or other middle-class, underpaid professional) affords such a beautiful house! I think it would be interesting to read about if the people being profiled don’t mind.

    Also, I totally don’t mind doing a house tour of my apartment (rented on two grad student stipends and furnished with hand-me-downs including a futon, haha)

    • Emma says...

      Kristy, I was thinking the same thing! This home is stunning, and the sources are not cheap hacks in the least. Would love to know what profession her partner has because new build + west elm + anthro + article pieces on a math teacher’s salary does not add up.

    • Carrie says...

      I don’t know her circumstances, but for my husband and I the answer is family money. We work underpaid public service jobs, but can afford nice furnishings because of a generous gift from my parents. Add to that successful investments and the magic of compounding interest and we’re able to live very well on very small salaries. I recognize that is a privilege/luxury most people don’t have. It’s uncomfortable to talk about money, but I try to mention the fact that ours is “family money” to friends who work similar jobs so they don’t think they’ve done something wrong to not be able to afford the things we have when they make the same salary.

    • AD says...

      Yes, as a fellow teacher, I was wondering this as well! I love the design inspiration, but I know all too well how unattainable this on a teacher’s salary. Beautiful home though!

    • Brittany says...

      You are so right – I definitely couldn’t afford this on my teacher salary alone! My husband also works and has a higher paying job. We sold almost all of our furniture from our previous house so we could start fresh and lived in an apartment for a year while it was being built which saved us a TON of money. All of that combined gave us a good chunk of money for this house!

    • Kara says...

      Carrie, I love your honesty! I wish more people would open up in this way.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      We are working on a money column which I’m excited to share! Xo

    • Robin says...

      I also was wondering the same thing. I had a twinge of envy looking at this house, knowing that I’ll never be able to live somewhere like this. That said, sometimes peeking into the homes of the wealthy is a fun way to escape and dream. And, if I did have enough money to build a home like this, I think the guilt of consumerism would weigh down on me enough that I wouldn’t build something of this caliber. But it’s fun to look at and take inspiration from.

    • Nikki says...

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE this house. I’m a math teacher too and my husband is in the USMC. He is planning to get out after this tour and we are moving to VA (fingers crossed). Our families also live in VA.
      We also have beautiful name brand home furnishings even though we make little money. We lived in an apartment and saved for two years, huge chunks of money, while our friends bought homes and trucks etc.
      I scrounge FB Marketplace and Craiglist for good deals on Room and Board, Pottery Barn, Article etc. (its practically a part time job) and I wait and buy things until there are coupons, sales or sample sales.
      It bothers me sometimes that my friends ask me how we can afford such nice furniture on our salaries. I love my furniture and my house, I don’t ask them how they can afford their dogs daycare/gun collections/vacation/yard toys/new trucks etc.. I guess it’s just a pet peeve and I find it to be a rude question. Right now I am an extra temporary job to save for LoveSac couch LOL… Anywhooooo.

  82. DW says...

    This home is so Virginia (in the best way) and it makes me miss VA 🥺

  83. Debbie says...

    Hi – lovely home thanks for sharing! May I ask where the beanie bag chair in your girls’ room is from? My daughter would love something like that as well! Thank you!

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much! The bean bag chair is from Pottery Barn Teen!

  84. Nigerian Girl says...

    I love this home. It’s so inviting and soothing. And I just want to pet Kauia.

  85. Heather says...

    Beautiful home! Where is the bedside table in the daughter’s room from? I’ve been looking for something just like it. Thanks!

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you! Her night stand is from Ikea!

  86. Erin says...

    Love this home and also the dog!! We have a sweet yellow lab too – the perfect accessory to any room.

  87. Mollie says...

    I love everything about their house! Do you know where their bed is from?

  88. Kathy says...

    What a stunning home. That kitchen! All the furniture and decor..it’s just perfect.

  89. Michelle says...

    My favourite home tour yet!!

  90. Jill says...

    I am in Los Angeles and now I am researching about moving 30 minutes outside of Richmond, VA!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha

  91. Kathleen says...

    I love this Gorgeous home. It feels and is cozy, warm and beautiful. You keep looking around a room and feel, ahhhhhhh,… Well done!

  92. Melissa Cohen says...

    Where oh where is the bedroom chandelier from!? Must have it!!

    • Melissa Cohen says...

      Oh I found the link #doh #facepalm

  93. CC says...

    AMAZING. Yes.

  94. Heather says...

    This whole house feels so cozy and inviting – I feel calm just looking at it! Especially love the daughters room – the ikea desk is so perfect! I’d love to know where that pouf/ beanbag came from – my little reader would love it.

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much! The bean bag chair is from Pottery Barn Teen!

  95. Sindu says...

    I love this!! Where is the bed from? I have been looking for one just like it.

  96. Kim says...

    Beautiful! It definitely has a ton of soul for a new build. Well done!

    • Amy says...

      Agreed! They did a wonderful job.

    • Amy says...

      I was going to say, I think it looks more lived-in and personalized than the 1970s house we’ve been living in for ten years now! Brittany definitely has the magic touch.

    • Brittany says...

      That’s the best compliment I could get! Thank you!

  97. Alison says...

    What a beautiful home! I’m so inspired. Brittany, where is the beanbag chair from in your daughter’s room? Looking for something similar. Thanks!

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much! The bean bag chair is from Pottery Barn Teen!

  98. Lisa says...

    Wow!! I love this home’s aesthetic. It really does feel lived-in even though it is a new construction! My husband and I are moving to our first home(!) in March, and I am saving this post for when it comes time to furnish and decorate. It feels very overwhelming right now.

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much! That’s so exciting! You will have so much fun!!

  99. Kate says...

    If you want to get something similar, https://oxfordpennant.com/ located in Buffalo makes custom pennants. I’m using them to make a 5′ x 8′ pennant for my office wall, and have been impressed with them so far!

  100. kelly says...

    What is the paint colour in your bathroom!? its perfect!

    • Brittany says...

      All of our white walls are Sherwin Williams Pure White!

  101. Catherine says...

    This is truly beautiful! I’m planning to have our cabinets repainted eventually, and this kitchen has inspired me. The entire home is so calm and welcoming.

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you so much! That’s exciting! Have fun with it!

  102. Kate says...

    The “rosedust” link goes to a sconce. As a renter I never click through on paint colors, but wow, so gorgeous!

  103. Jenni says...

    I want to move in and not change a single thing! Wow!

    • Julia says...

      Same here! Absolute dream house!

    • Kara says...

      Same! Can Brittany please design my future home?

  104. Brenda says...

    Love this – gives both a written and visual journey! Very inspiring and an absolutely beautiful home!

  105. Morgan Mellinger says...

    So beautiful!! Brittany, where is the “You’re my favorite” print from? Thank you!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      It was a pennant that she cut to fit the frame. Xo

    • Amy says...

      I would love to know the source of the pennant, please. This a term of endearment I have used with my husband since we were first dating. Thanks!

  106. Alexandra says...

    So stunning and tranquil — I’m obsessed!

  107. Emma says...

    I am a longtime CoJ reader who never comments. But this … oh wow! I had to. Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.