Welcome to the next installment of our Floor Tours series, where we step inside the spaces of some of our favorite design-world friends to chat all things rugs and decor and learn how they’ve turned their house into a home.
You know when a house truly feels like it has a soul—when every inch is filled with intentional, thoughtful designs that really make it feel like a home? That’s exactly what the Boston-area home of Kathy Rich from @r.house__ feels like, and we’re so honored to look inside and have her give us the full tour of her gorgeous space.
Kathy, her husband, two sons, and two pugs have lived in the home for more than 20 years, slowly renovating each space to create the ideal family home that perfectly suits their needs and style. From small DIYS (you have to check out her Instagram Stories!) to building a greenhouse from salvaged windows, everything on the property feels like a real labor of love. Take the tour and read our Q&A with Kathy to see why—and prepare to swoon over every detail!
Tell us about your style! How would you describe the look of your home?
My home is an eclectic mix of old and new, store-bought, and refinished pieces. I tend to gravitate to European-style furniture, curvy interesting lines, pretty neutrals, linens, and whites. It makes it feel soft, inviting, and comfortable, without the loss of style.
What made you choose to move into this home? What were you looking for?
My husband and I were looking for the worst house, in a great town, with lots of land and privacy. We specifically were looking for a fixer-upper on the right piece of property, and we would take it from there. We have spent the last twenty years building the home of our dreams together. It is our shared passion.
What has the process been like designing your space, and making your house feel like a home?
Like most people, building a home and refinishing it to your liking can be a lot of work, and at times, painstaking. But the process has made this home that much more special to our family. It is truly “ours” in every sense of the word and we have imprinted on this space in every way a family can. It is truly a family home. Built with love and with special care in the details.
What are your favorite things to do at home with your family? Is there a particular space you all like to gather and spend time in?
I am definitely a homebody. My preference is to be home more than any place in the world. I am never bored—I always have a project I’m working on, and so does my husband. But I love gardening, photography, and just spending time with the people I love. I also just love being outdoors with my pugs. Our favorite gathering space is by the fireplace. Since New England weather can be harsh, we huddle inside for half the year. Once the weather turns, we have fires outside.
You have so many beautiful antique pieces! What are some of your favorites, and how do you find them?
I consider myself a curator, not a shopper. Mixing old with new and having unique and meaningful pieces of decor and furnishings is important to me. It’s taken me a lifetime to fill my home with special things. I love to find vintage furnishings and decor and tweak them to fit my style and home. I relish in the thrill of the hunt and find my treasures just about anywhere, from Facebook Marketplace, to Craigslist, and Habitat for Humanity Restore, to name a few.
Let’s talk projects! What renovations and DIYs have you worked on? What’s next on your list?
My whole home is filled with my DIYs. I have refinished more than half of the furnishings in my home. But my favorite DIY of all was when my husband and I built our greenhouse out of 100 or so salvaged windows. It is truly special.
As far as what’s next, my husband said he will be climbing ladders until he is 80, and I believe him! We just got finished remodeling a bathroom, but the biggie on our list is to reconfigure our whole front driveway area. It will be our biggest project in our entire twenty years here, but it will be the cherry on top for sure. I won’t reveal the details, but it will be spectacular, and like no other, so you will need to stay tuned to see.
Do you have any design tips you’ve discovered that you’re willing to spill?
Don’t clutter your spaces with stuff. Clutter is the enemy of design. Sometimes less is more, and I think people need to come to terms with parting with things, or rotating things to keep your spaces clean, fresh, and inviting.
Where do you love looking for inspiration?
Everywhere really. It may sound silly, but I find most of my inspiration in nature. Incorporating nature in my home is always a must. Florals, branches, and quite frankly anything that I find appealing to enhance the landscape of my home and have it reflect the seasons is important to me.
What do you love most about your home?
The different levels, nooks and crannies, meandering garden paths, and secret spots all throughout the property and home. It makes this place special, unique, and magical in some ways.
All photos courtesy of Kathy Rich. Follow her on Instagram here!