Picture this: the aroma of dirty laundry in the corner, oddball orange-and-red cabinetry, cracked 60s tile and filthy carpet. It sounds like I’m making it up, but such was the scene Paige McEwen, realtor and founder of P + M Design Studio, and her husband Mark came across when they first laid eyes upon this San Diego, CA ranch. Putting it lightly, they were baffled as they stepped from room to room. How could the sellers show their home in such a state? The more they saw of it, though, the more potential started bubbling up to the surface, and by the end of the tour the pair knew they had scored. For months these pitfalls had blinded other buyers, and their loss was going to be Paige and Mark’s gain. Here it was: the fixer-upper they’d been on the hunt for.
That was two years ago, and since then the pair has made good on their promise to give the 4,500-square-foot space an overhaul. Gone are the dated cabinets, gone are the retro tiles and going, going, gone is that dingy carpet. In their place is an eclectic mix of farmhouse-style furnishings that would be at home in any number of remote outposts. As you’ll see, Paige and Mark’s home is unique in its approach to rustic decorating. While there are more traditional touches of the country, they’ve also peppered in modern finds throughout each of the home’s nine rooms as a way to modernize the look. The bold wallpaper in their daughter’s room, for example, is a far cry from bucolic, but the kitchen’s wooden backsplash very much reads as rustic. All in all, they’ve done a fantastic job nailing their dream of living in a “modern farmhouse,” and you’ll have to check out the entire space. Enjoy! —Garrett
Photography by Lauren Armellini