Home's style is more than just modern

Jennie Pollock

Yes, it’s modern. Yes, there are touches of Asian flair. And yes, there are traditional elements, too. This makes it difficult to attach a one-word description to the style of this open ranch, home to a Rockford, Ill., couple and their two grade-school-age daughters.

“Eclectic” by definition might work: pieces taken from various sources. But that makes it sound unintentional when it’s deliberate, artistic and sentimental.

“I see something and just make it different,” said the homeowner, who did most of the design work.

The five-minute tour

City: Rockford

Built in: 1993

Lived in by current family since: 2008

Square feet: 5,000 (including finished basement)

Style: High-ceiling ranch

What they say

“The light is so great,” the owner says, because of the great southern window exposure, especially in the living room.

“I think every room should have black. It creates depth.”

What you can copy

1. Neutral wall colors make the art pop almost like a gallery, says Lori Bonelli, who assisted the homeowner.

2. If you see something you like, ask questions and make things happen. Do not assume things have to be used or sold as is. The homeowner turned a carving into a table and pulled chairs from a dining room set to make a bench, for example.

3. You can use stone slate coasters that double as a chalkboard to take party orders.

4. When you pick accent colors (like black and red) to use throughout the whole home, you keeps things cohesive.

5. Simple but stylish small containers can hold snacks on the breakfast nook.

6. Floral arrangements are strong visual elements. The homeowner uses several by her mom.

Little details you don't see

1. A lap pool in the basement.

2. A skylighted sunporch that doubles as a mudroom from the backyard.

3. Girls’ bedrooms that mix antique furniture with Techline desks/shelving with strong use of color to tie them together.

4. A bench in the entry, loved by both the kids and the dog.

Rockford Register Star