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Step Inside a Picture-Perfect Family Home

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“When I first started, I was just making furniture to make furniture,” says Jason Chauncey, the fourth-generation furniture maker behind Brownstone Upholstery, the L.A.-based company he founded a decade ago that’s since become known for its large-scale sofas and modern-rustic pieces. His Los Angeles home, a 1946 shingled cottage that he and his decorator wife, Allison Ross of Grain Projects, renovated to better accommodate life with their two energetic sons, Judah and Tate, perfectly encapsulates the philosophy behind his pieces. “Furniture has to be usable. You should feel like you can live in it,” he says. With Jason’s livable approach to design and Allison’s old-meets-new aesthetic, they’ve created a home that reconciles stylish living and the realities of a growing family.

The Entryway

If there’s a piece of furniture that sets the tone for the rest of Jason and Allison’s home, it’s the industrial cabinet in the entryway. “This little capsule area is the epitome of my aesthetic,” says Allison, a California native who spent six years as a designer for Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic before launching her company, Grain Projects. The heavy-duty storage piece, which nods to the past despite being new, serves as a catchall for everything from keys to kids’ art supplies, all neatly organized in numbered drawers. The nude oil paintings (flea-market finds) and ephemera bone print (discovered at Nickey Kehoe’s L.A. store) hanging above make for what Allison deems “the perfect combination of old and new.”

A reclaimed coatrack adds instant functionality to a blank wall by the entry. The leather club chair was a discarded sample that now functions as the perfect place to drop bags or put on shoes.

A reclaimed coatrack adds instant functionality to a blank wall by the entry. The leather club chair was a discarded sample that now functions as the perfect place to drop bags or put on shoes.

This is a well-lived house. We have two boys, so it’s a house where kids are going to be walking on the furniture, and they’re going to be painting at the dining room table. It’s not a precious house.

— Allison Ross

The Family Nook

In a cozy corner just off the entryway, a pair of burlap-slipcovered benches from Jason’s furniture line fill out the L-shape nook. The shared space is as much a relaxing reading area for the parents as it is a play den for the kids. “I want them to feel like they can do anything in our house and not have any limitations,” says Jason. Vintage grain-sack pillows lend an air of casual elegance to the space.

The Living Room

“Our house is a very well lived-in house,” Allison says of the welcoming heart of their home, where one of Jason’s cozy sectionals for Brownstone Upholstery wraps around a wall and, not surprisingly, gets more use than any other piece in their home. But despite the space’s utilitarian needs, family treasures have pride of place. The antique coffee table is a much-loved heirloom handed down by Allison’s father. “I refuse to get rid of it—chips and imperfections and all.” In a strategic move to reflect light and open up the room even more, the couple chose a large vintage mirror to hang above the sofa.

The Dining Room

Casualness trumps formality even when it comes to the rooms where Jason and Allison entertain. The gray dining room, which had formerly been used as the living room, has a relaxed elegance that invites rather than intimidates. “We used to have a formal living room, and we were never in it. It just didn’t make any sense,” Allison explains of the cozy gathering spot. “Sunday night dinner is a weekly ritual in here,” she adds. “There’s either friends or family here with kids. We put out a bunch of food; we have a very casual lifestyle in our house.”

Treasures from the family’s travels around the world—framed vintage maps and coral—are grouped atop the white-brick dining room mantel.

Treasures from the family’s travels around the world—framed vintage maps and coral—are grouped atop the white-brick dining room mantel.

A refined linen armchair lends rustic elegance to a corner of the dining room, providing “the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink,” says Allison.

A refined linen armchair lends rustic elegance to a corner of the dining room, providing “the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink,” says Allison.

I’m not big on having a huge house. I just like walking in and having a nice, comfortable house. Someplace where you are in it and think, ‘I feel comfortable here.’

— Jason Chauncey

The Kitchen

The kitchen underwent a major overhaul when they renovated and was redesigned specifically for family use. “We opened up one wall to the living room, redid the countertops, and did an updated version of the white subway tile,” says Allison. The vintage O’Keefe & Merritt stove is an original piece that Jason found and had installed. “I love the history it brings into the house and the story that it brings,” Allison says. In true family-friendly style, the kitchen pot rack doubles as a place to display the boys’ artwork, and a peel-and-stick chalkboard on the refrigerator keeps schedules easily visible.

Bits of color are added to the kitchen through easy-to-change accents such as greenery and a vintage painting. “I like that it’s clean, fresh, white, and bright,” says Allison.

Bits of color are added to the kitchen through easy-to-change accents such as greenery and a vintage painting. “I like that it’s clean, fresh, white, and bright,” says Allison.

Judah and Tate hard at work at the kitchen table, in front of a huge vintage palm reader’s sign discovered at a flea market.

Judah and Tate hard at work at the kitchen table, in front of a huge vintage palm reader’s sign discovered at a flea market.

The Master Bedroom

“We have a great bed,” says Allison about their airy, light-filled master bedroom (an add-on to the original house), where one of Jason’s luxurious winged beds is the centerpiece. “I like the functionality of being able to rest my head on an upholstered piece versus a piece of wood,” Jason adds. A streamlined midcentury-style Brownstone bench and simple white bedding from Matteo continue the dialogue for softness; a ripped and tattered Oushak rug from the late 1800s provides a lived-in vibe and warms up the dark-wood floors. “It belonged to my father, and it’s my favorite piece in the whole house,” Allison tells us. “That imperfection is what makes it so perfect.”

The faded gray-and-white damask chair “came with the marriage,” jokes Allison, but the addition of a bold paisley pillow makes for a modern-feeling pattern mashup.

The faded gray-and-white damask chair “came with the marriage,” jokes Allison, but the addition of a bold paisley pillow makes for a modern-feeling pattern mashup.

The couple turned the utilitarian need of bedroom storage into a stunning vignette with the help of a vintage baker’s rack and a few prized possessions.

The couple turned the utilitarian need of bedroom storage into a stunning vignette with the help of a vintage baker’s rack and a few prized possessions.

Comfort plays into everything for me and all my designs. I believe that furniture is not meant to be looked at; furniture is meant to be lived in.

— Jason Chauncey

Tate’s Room

A small stampede of animals find their way onto three-year-old Tate’s bed, which Jason had made just for the room. And that’s not lost on little Tate, either. “When parents from play dates ask, ‘Where did you get that bed?’ Tate looks at them and says, ‘Um, my daddy made it,’” Allison says.

A salon-style wall is reimagined through a kid’s lense with papier-mâché zebra, rhino, and goat heads made with recycled French books. “Tate loves whales; he’s obsessed with them,” say Mom and Dad of the whale art and stuffed animals.

A salon-style wall is reimagined through a kid’s lense with papier-mâché zebra, rhino, and goat heads made with recycled French books. “Tate loves whales; he’s obsessed with them,” say Mom and Dad of the whale art and stuffed animals.

Judah’s Room

Rather than bringing in a bed their five-and-a-half-year-old son would quickly outgrow, the design-minded parents went with a comfy oversize upholstered daybed custom-made by Jason. “Judah’s a wild child. He likes to run and be free,” Allison says of her oldest son, who can be found playing his guitar one minute and painting the next. Allison hand-painted the triceratops flag for him on his third birthday.

A favorite pastime with the kids? Playing superhero dress-up. Tate gets a hand from Allison for his transformation in front of Judah’s ultimate hideout: his tepee.

A favorite pastime with the kids? Playing superhero dress-up. Tate gets a hand from Allison for his transformation in front of Judah’s ultimate hideout: his tepee.

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16 Responses to “Step Inside a Picture-Perfect Family Home”

  1. Meridith Patera says:

    I love this look. Is the same gray paint used throughout the house? What shade is it. Also, I’d like to know what kind of flooring you used. Did you extend the same palette to the bathrooms? Thanks.

    • Alli Ross says:

      Hi Meredith- the entire body of the house is actually painted a clean, bright white- Behr Ultra Bright White. Ceilings, trim, everything. The dining room, I did paint a gray from Restoration Hardware called Slate. RH has an amazing collection of paints, and I love the quality and finishing. For Judah’s room I painted it Behr Nurture- it’s a soft gray that leans a bit blue/aqua. For Tate’s room I painted his with Martha Stewart Living Driftwood Gray. It is no longer being produced, but Home Depot will make it for you using Glidden paint. Driftwood is one of my all time favorite Grays and it pretty much makes it into every home I decorate. :)

      The floors were a thinner plank oak that we stained dark. They have been redone twice, because they can’t keep up with a dog and two boys. Now we just live with the scratches, wear and tear. I’m working on a house now and I used a 8.5″ wide French Oak- lighter (hides the dirt) and they are beautiful. I highly recommend to go lighter.

      Thank you for following One Kings Lane and liking our home. If you have more questions- Grain Projects is out of Los Angeles or you can follow me on Pinterest or Facebook.

      • RobinB says:

        I love your home as well! As a mom of 2 boys (10 and 13) I do not want my home to get in the way of their imagination.

        What is the countertop surface you used? That is the final piece in my kitchen (well, that and a killer backsplash behind the sink).

        • Hi Robin- I love Caesar Stone on counters. It is super forgiving in the kitchen. Grease from Chinese food- hot pans, nothing marks this counter. Nothing sinks in. I’ve only had great experiences with it. In a home I just recently finished, we did a Caesar Stone in a Carrera Marble look and it’s totally gorgeous!

  2. J Richard Speer says:

    J. Richard…What color and paint brand did you use for the darker gray of the family nook? Generally, what is the tone of this gray?…Thanks!

    • Hi Richard- the entire body of the house is actually painted a clean, bright white- Behr Ultra Bright White. Ceilings, trim, everything. The dining room, I did paint a gray from Restoration Hardware called Slate. RH has an amazing collection of paints, and I love the quality and finishing. For Judah’s room I painted it Behr Nurture- it’s a soft gray that leans a bit blue/aqua. For Tate’s room I painted his with Martha Stewart Living Driftwood Gray. It is no longer being produced, but Home Depot will make it for you using Glidden paint. Driftwood is one of my all time favorite Grays and it pretty much makes it into every home I decorate. :)

  3. Sarai Bonilla says:

    Loved it all until the last two pictures–too bad you had to throw in that gratuitous cultural appropriation. Otherwise, your home is lovely.

  4. Terri Hayes says:

    I rarely post on these but I really love this house. Great design and décor touches that really seem to take in mind how a family lives (with style). Now I just need to find someone to reupholster our couch in burlap!

  5. Ann Smith says:

    Beautiful home! Just lovely. Would you please share the type of subway tile you used for the kitchen back splash? It’s amazing.

  6. Danette says:

    What a great home. I love all of it. I have a question: The art in the living room – the black bird – where did you get that? It’s so cool. Thank you.

  7. Saul Lieberman says:

    What sheens of paint did you use with the Behr Ultra Bright White. Ceilings, trim, everything??

  8. Saul Lieberman says:

    What sheens of paint did you use with the Behr Ultra Bright White. Ceilings, trim, everything??

  9. boofinky says:

    pretty china pretty cookery pretty children

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