House at a Glance
Who lives here: This home was designed, built and decorated on spec.
Location: Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Size: 3,506 square feet (326 square meters); four bedrooms plus study; 4½ bathrooms
Designers: Danielle Palm and Rocci Chandler ofRose Rock Properties and Pinnacle Home Design (architecture)
Contractor: Monroe Design
“We love bringing back the character to the beautiful historic homes in Tulsa,” Palm says. “And the original craftsmanship is on a whole other level. But it was a fun challenge to start with a blank slate and it was a real labor of love.” For this project, she and Chandler added special touches gleaned from their experience with historic homes to give the new house unique charm.
Though they serve as contractors on their remodeling projects, Palm and Chandler hired contracting firm Monroe Design to help on this one, as it was their first new build. They learned a lot from being on the site every day working with the subs. “We already had the home we envisioned and plans drawn on paper, but needed the expertise of an architect to solidify our vision,” Palm says. They hired architectural firm Pinnacle Home Design to turn their designs into technical drawings and help with the permitting process.
On the exterior, the front porch, board-and-batten siding, barn lights and lanterns and X shapes on the railings and garage doors are farmhouse-inspired touches. The windows and doors, black accents and rectilinear planters provide modern elements. The shape and massing of the house fits in with the Colonial-style homes in the neighborhood.
“We really love the streamlined look of black iron doors and windows, but they are so expensive,” Palm says. Instead they had their window and door vendor create the look with black-painted wood.
The pair worked with local artist Susan Eddings Perez to create custom pieces for the home. Her scored stucco piece on the left stands up to the scale of the entry.
The simple flat millwork pieces and black iron railings blend traditional and modern styles. A rustic wood table with a well-worn patina and burlap-covered poufs add more casual touches. An arched mirror boosts light and brings a classic curve to the space.
A Carrara marble fireplace and ivory swivel chairs add light contrast, while an Oriental rug and brass finishes bring in warmth. The designers repeated the wall color, shiplap, brass and marble in other areas of the house to create a cohesive feel.
This room also has a full bathroom off of it. “This bathroom leads to the backyard,” Palm says. “So if they want to install a pool, it can serve as the pool bath. It’s also nice to have for guests when entertaining outdoors.”
They hung a Samsung Frame TV over the fireplace. It can camouflage itself as artwork when not in use.
The designers used Sherwin-Williams Snowbound paint on the walls and trim throughout the house. “We’ve tried other whites, but we always go back to Snowbound. It has just the right amount of warmth,” Palm says.
Large windows with black muntins and simple flat trim provide a modern look and fill the room with light.
A long island separates the kitchen from the family room within the open plan. A sun-filled dining area takes advantage of the backyard views. The dining space works well for both casual and formal meals and takes the place of a separate formal dining room. “We are finding most homeowners don’t care about having a separate formal dining room anymore,” Palm says.
The dark 18-inch pendants create a strong statement over the island. “We loved the size and the conical shape of these pendants,” Palm says.
One of the smartest ideas the duo had for the pantry can’t be seen in this photo. Hidden behind the pantry cabinets on the right is a 3-foot-high door into the garage. It allows the homeowners to take groceries out of the car and drop them directly into the pantry. The grocery door has a combination lock on it for security. The actual garage entry is located off a mudroom. Forgoing another full entry door in here left more room for storage.
Because this large window faces the street, the designers ended the cabinetry with a waterfall countertop to provide a beautiful view from outside. Shiplap adds a nice accent behind this bar sink area. Palm and Chandler repeated the shiplap and Cheating Heart black paint they used in the office.
Historic homes the designers had worked on around Tulsa inspired this ogee arch opening. To the left, the hallway leads to the mudroom, laundry room and powder room. To the right, it leads to the homeowners’ bedroom suite. Two more of the special antique botanical prints, illuminated by a sconce, are an inviting touch on the wall.
The laundry room has a patterned encaustic cement tile floor. “We really lucked out — the gorgeous gray marble countertop was a remnant we found at the stone yard, and it worked beautifully with the floor pattern,” Palm says.
The painting of the lady on the wall has a somewhat scandalous story behind it. Chandler found it at a garage sale many years ago and fell in love with it. Her husband, not so much. “I used to tell him that she was my Aunt Shirley and we had to keep her,” she says.
Eventually she and Palm decided to keep the painting for staging purposes, but it was damaged in storage. “We had Susan Eddings Perez repair it, and when she held the painting up to the light, she could see that this painting originally had been a nude and that the dress had been painted on her later,” Palm says with a laugh.
Eddings Perez custom-painted the floral artwork for the room. The dark background adds contrast while the greens pick up on the throw pillow fabric.
Calming natural hues such as terra cotta and deep green and natural materials like wicker and alabaster create a relaxing atmosphere.
A fiddlehead fig and a woven chair bring organic elements into the master bathroom.
Elements seen elsewhere in the house, such as a herringbone pattern on the floor, rift-sawn white oak, shiplap and a big splash of black, show up here as well. The mirrors were a lucky find. The shapes resemble that ogee arched opening between the kitchen and hallway, and the repetition adds to the cohesive feel of the home.
The designers chose a marble-look porcelain tile for the floors and shower walls. “We are finding that a lot of people prefer porcelain to marble for easier maintenance,” Palm says.
“We wanted to give the vanity a furniture-like feeling,” Palm says. “And we love to include open shelves for towels and things homeowners will need to grab with ease.”
Danielle Palm and Rocci Chandler’s business usually involves finding historic homes in a state of disrepair, highlighting their original charms while remodeling them back to their former glory, staging them and selling them. But with the recent seller’s market in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, making it impossible to find any existing homes, they decided to complete their first new build. They found a good deal on a lot and designed a modern farmhouse, taking inspiration from the historic Colonial-style homes they had worked on before. The house is fresh and up-to-date, with a few key touches that add a vintage vibe.
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