In 1963, Louisville artist Amanda Hofmann‘s grandparents built a home in a quiet, suburban neighborhood near the city’s E.P. “Tom Sawyer” Park. It was in this home that they raised their five children and later raised Amanda. In 2011, Amanda’s beloved grandmother passed away, and her grandfather was ready for a change. So Amanda bought the house from her grandfather and set out to make it her own. Amanda and her husband Martin were living in an urban living situation that was the polar opposite of her grandparents’ suburban home. But she jumped at the opportunity to move “back home.”
A self-described minimalist, Amanda likes things clean, neat and functional. When her grandfather moved out, he basically took a bag of clothes and left everything else. The Hofmanns pared everything down, from the four sets of complete china they inherited to the wallpaper that was applied in each and every room.
The house followed a traditional floor plan. There was a front entryway with a staircase. The formal living room with a fireplace was in the front right of the house and closed off with the exception of two small doorways. The kitchen was in the back of the house, adjacent to the living room. A den and sunroom were on the left side of the house.
Amanda and Martin did most of the renovation work themselves on a very small budget, the exception being that they did not lay the hardwood flooring or install the countertops. And the money saved on contractors allowed them to have more of the design elements they wanted. Amanda designed the space, and Martin brought it to life. When they moved in, they ripped up all the carpet, took down the wallpaper and painted almost every room in the house. Since all of the walls were covered in 50-year-old wallpaper that was applied with glue, it took a full week just to remove the wallpaper. They also removed chair rails throughout the house.
They have the upstairs on their docket to complete next. For now, though, they are enjoying their “Home Sweet Home” in its new, updated design. Let’s take a look!
LIVING ROOM + KITCHEN
The living room and kitchen, together, was a bigger project in itself. After taking down a wall between the kitchen and living room and seeing how open it could become, they decided to take down another wall between the living room and the entryway. In typical fashion with any home remodel project, this then prompted replacing the flooring throughout the ground floor and moving fixtures.
The den became Amanda’s studio and office, where she creates her jewelry, illustrations and calligraphy. In contrast to the dark paint in the living room and kitchen area, they opted for a light linen color in the den. The paint color coupled with the fantastic morning light make it an ideal studio for an artist. What’s more, the den contains a record player and a fantastic collection of old vinyl records. That goes well with the theme of good music in this home, which is filled with framed, colorful posters for Ray LaMontagne and Mumford & Sons.
The downstairs complete, the couple set their sights upstairs on their son’s nursery, which is a bright and airy room as well, with gray/blue walls and bright red accents. The nursery is a display of all of Amanda’s artistic talents, as so many of the pieces were made by her.
Modernizing this home took a big purge, some daring paint and powerful accents. Amanda loves that her grandparents raised their five children here and that she now gets to raise her combined family of five children here, as well. Seems like the perfect spot.
Get the look for yourself. Here are the colors the Hofmanns used:
- Paint colors: (colors by Behr)
- Living Room and kitchen is Beluga Gray (Behr)
- Front door is Barn Red that her grandfather antiqued by hand
- Nursery is Sea Rover Blue (Behr)
- Studio is Whisper White (Behr)
Special thanks to Adele Reding for today’s beautiful photos.