For the Hammock family, big change came in the form of a very small gift when the family of five discovered they were soon to be a family of six. Their home renovation, which was already underway, now required an additional bedroom and needed to be ready in time to welcome the new baby home.

They began by blowing the roof off of the 2,500-square foot Olde Cotswold home, literally, expanding existing rooms and combining two bedrooms downstairs to create the master bedroom and dressing room. Four bedrooms with a centrally located playroom upstairs would allow the children to play just outside their rooms and help keep the toys and games corralled in one space.

The kitchen, as with most homes, is the central focal point and is thoughtful in its design approach. They chose to forgo upper cabinetry, with plans to build in ample storage with lower cabinets extending around the perimeter of the room. Open shelving holds their day-to-day dishes and small appliances are tucked away behind closed doors. The gorgeous lower cabinetry is a custom color, similar to Benjamin Moore's Summer Nights. The brass pulls provide a chic pop of metal and contrast against the dark cabinets. The art, purchased at a local gallery, Anne Neilson Fine Art, is by Polish artist Marta Spendowska. Hung on either side of the range, it offers a beautiful focal point drawing your eye to the back wall, and showcases the couple's budding art collection.

During a trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley, they pulled inspiration from the rustic, yet elegant interiors of restaurants Foreign Cinema, Park Tavern, and the Nickel & Nickel Winery. The rough wood, organic textures, lofty ceilings, and the light interiors of the Northern California scenery were a must in their home's design plan. Completed in 2014, the home is a marriage of West Coast sensibility and Southern tradition, a perfect blend for this stylish, fun and lively family of six.

Written by guest contributor Jess Ebert.

Jess Ebert is the owner of Four Story Interiors, a Charlotte, NC, based interior decorating company. Find her at or on Instagram @fourstoryinteriors.

Images by Candice Lanning,