This style and design job was a full renovation of a traditional colonial household – for a substantial family in Carmel, Indiana. 

There are a lot of versions of colonial design and style houses, all reflecting the influences of areas that the settlers coming more than to the US at the time originated from. This was a design and style that spanned various decades, starting during the 1600s and lasting until eventually nicely into the 19th century.

The home owners had elevated their 5 kids right here, and they were being embarking on a new stage of lifestyle as empty nesters. The house necessary to changeover alongside with them. 

In their need to create a residence that they could comfortably are living out the relaxation of their many years, they made a decision to phone in the gurus to end the career. This is exactly where inside designer Whittney Parkinson ways in. 


Whittney began her job as co-operator of the architecture and inside style business, MAWR Design and style, functioning with her father from 2008, till founding Whittney Parkinson Structure in 2016.  As a young designer in the subject, Whittney designed tasks varying from higher-close household to a huge array of multi-million dollar professional projects close to the Midwest. 

We communicate to Whittney about the design and style undertaking.

‘With a growing relatives, there was a dire require for a larger but very practical kitchen area, and a lot more open up floor approach for conversing,’ she states.

‘We programmed spaces to have distinct features than they experienced formerly, and definitely embraced factors of the typical colonial architecture, all when reflecting a “higher distinction with warmth” aesthetic, as requested by the homeowners.’

Kitchen area

‘The customer experienced one ask for for this area: black, white with a minimal warmth. 

‘We reached this by using a combine of wood finishes and paint colors. It seriously is a triumph of the senses.  

‘We needed to increase the space in this kitchen area-diner so we utilized various toes of the existing eating room to make size. The addition of ground to ceiling cabinetry will allow for utmost storage house, and it suggests no a lot more dusting earlier mentioned cabinets.’

Butler’s pantry

‘This house was at first a formal dining space, that was only employed on holidays. By building this a go-by butler’s pantry, we were in a position to increase  two total sizing fridge/freezers to accommodate big family members gatherings and remove the door swings from the slim kitchen area area, as to not lead to congestion.’


This place had one particular intention in the new style and design: relaxation. 

‘We intended this as a place to converse all through family gatherings devoid of the interruption of a Tv set. It can also be used to study the early morning newspaper. 

‘This space by now had the advantage of eastern early morning sunlight, we just delivered the neutral levels, designs and textures for a tranquil Xanadu.’

Residing space

‘Previously, this space was divided from the kitchen. We removed any visible obstacles, and absolutely re-made the fireplace wall, earning it a focal issue that tied into the kitchen area with the soapstone slabs, and heat white oak. 

‘The new home furniture format has been curated with large relatives gatherings in mind, all while trying to keep with the color scheme that is apparent through the household.’


‘As the initially impression of the property, this entry required a good deal of get the job done. At first an open up two-tale entry, it felt cavernous. 

‘We reduced the ceiling to reflect an aspect, real to kind in colonial architecture, and additional trim details to the partitions, new hardwood floors, stair railings and a sisal runner.’ 

Powder home

‘For the powder place we required to throw the rule guide out of the window. This place is all about exciting and frivolity. The Cole & Son wallpaper is an inspired addition that we assume fits this room properly.’

Laundry area

‘To produce the laundry area we re-worked an current closet house on the second floor, for convenience. 

‘We utilised two-tone cabinetry is a blue-gray hue to allow for depth, and paired this with a wood worktop for heat amongst the Carrara tile.’

Pet place

‘This space was earlier a laundry area, which produced perception when they had a residence total of small children. In this new period of life, the consumers wished their laundry home relocated to the next ground, adjacent to the grasp rest room for ease of use. 

‘This space took on a new id as the ‘dog room’. The cupboard doorways open up up to expose entire-dimensions canine beds, food and bowls. It was created as a put of refuge for the dogs for when the homeowners entertain.’

Photography / Sarah Shields Pictures

Inside structure / Whittney Parkinson Structure

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