A Labor Of Love
This Designer-Building Duo Creates An Inviting Urban Farmhouse In Maitland That Reflects A Functional Timelessness And Refreshing Attention To Detail
Brianna M. Sheehan, Brianna Michelle Interior Design, Winter Park, FL
Stephen Allen, Winter Park, FL
Ryan Sheehan, Christopher Ryan Homes, Winter Park, FL
Corey Mills, Mills Design Group, Inc., Oviedo, FL
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Interior designer Brianna Sheehan and her husband, builder and developer Ryan Sheehan, have had more than a few new beginnings in recent years, and all in fairy tale order. First, a wedding; second, a new home, designed and built by the couple themselves; and third, the birth of their son.
It took six months to design and another 10 months to build this 4,000-square-foot urban farmhouse situated on a corner lot in Maitland, Fla. The surroundings are quaint and quiet, but nearby to shops, restaurants and the farmers market. The exterior of the home is a conglomerate of finishes and textures such as shake, lap siding, board and batten, and steel trowel stucco. Ryan’s favorite outdoor element is the entrance tower cladded in Tennessee fieldstone.
Inside, the living area reflects Brianna’s affinity for minimalism and casual elegance. To form an intimate seating area, an off-white linen-blend sofa from Bernhardt, mixes with Jessica Charles swivel armchairs and white linen-clad chairs.
Just steps away is the dining area outfitted with a long, gray concrete table top that appears smooth and cool on a warm oak base. French doors open to the nearby summer kitchen, another dining option that appeals to the couple’s relaxed entertaining style.
In the pristine white kitchen, simple Palecek counter stools pull up to a large island topped with natural quartzite that brings weight to the airy room. Overhead, Kichler pendants lend an ethereal feel.
The contemporary custom stairway was designed by the couple. “We chose the glass railing because we wanted the natural light from the windows to filter down into the hallway unobstructed,” Brianna says.
The master bath is created with a free-standing tub and brushed porcelain tile flooring. A vanity lends architectural interest with a floating honed Carrera marble top and a farmhouse chic, cast iron trough sink.
In a word, the most dominant feature of the master bedroom is volume. A subtle yet sophisticated space furnished in a palette of white and gray, its ceilings vault to 18 feet and light abounds from high windows. A Hinkley chandelier adds just enough light and scale.
Outdoors, a cypress wood canopy forms a cover over the patio’s dining table and rattan chairs. “Because of the lot size we had to get creative with the pool and backyard,” Ryan says. “We knew we were going to have a small yard no matter what we did, so we focused on making the most of what we had.”
The couple created a playroom for their son utilizing a space that was originally meant to be a formal dining room. “Five months after moving in we found out that I was pregnant, so we made a quick change by adding custom wood and glass doors,” Brianna says. The whimsical design is fit for a little boy where the imagination can run free.
This home suits the Sheehan family perfectly. “It was an incredible experience,” Ryan says. “Much of the process was very similar to what we go through when designing a home for a client, however, concerning ourselves with only what we favored made it a little more light-hearted.”