Meet Rachel Parcell, blogger behind the fashion and home blog Pink Peonies and founder of Rachel Parcell, her own clothing line. Rachel and her husband worked together to plan and build their grand classic country home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their home serves as an office for Rachel to further her designing endeavors, a space to raise their two young children, and a welcoming place to entertain family and friends.
How would you describe your design style?
Classic and feminine with a little edge.
Where do you find inspiration?
I draw inspiration from Pinterest, Instagram and also my favorite design magazines. My grandmother's home is actually very similar—lots of white with timeless pieces. Since I was a little girl I've always loved the feel of her home and it really inspired me when I was designing this home.
How did you come up with the design of your home?
My husband is a builder so we worked together to create it. I love symmetry. I wanted the front exterior to be symmetrical and have a French country feel to it.
What was most important when designing your space?
My husband and I both come from large families and we love to entertain, so we knew we wanted a lot of open space in the kitchen and living room to host our friends and family in our home! We want our home to look and feel beautiful but also warm and inviting for everyone who enters.
What are your go-to decor colors?
I'm a lover of white, cream, light grey, and French blues. I also love black and subtle shades of pink.
What is your favorite piece of decorating advice?
Form and function. You want it to be beautiful but livable.
How do you balance style and function?
I believe it's possible to have both style and function. When purchasing anything, think about an item's functionality, not just how it looks.
What has been the biggest decorating challenge in this home?
I love whites and creams but it can be scary (especially with little kids) to have light colors everywhere. I always find it a challenge to keep the space looking light and airy without overdoing whites.
Do you have any favorite stores for finding decor?
Where do you splurge? Where do you save?
Splurge on light fixtures, finishes, and furniture that will be used the most. Save on filler furniture, such as side tables and floor lamps, for example. I also save when it comes to knick-knacks and seasonal decorations.
What DIY decor tools do you always keep on hand?
My favorite DIY hack is 3M Command Hooks! I use them for almost every holiday on both the interior and exterior of my home. Whether I'm hanging a wreath or need extra support with something else, they are super easy to use and hide. I keep a stash in my kitchen.
What is your favorite element in your home?
Probably my marble countertops or the hood in my kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home and they both make such a dramatic statement.
What room in your home was the most difficult to design?
My son's nursery and my husband's office. I have a more difficult time with masculine design.
How has your style evolved over time?
I think it has stayed the same for the most part. I love classic designs with a touch of rustic—and lots of natural light!
How have you seen your home evolve?
We've been here four years and each year it feels more and more like home. You don't need to break the bank. You can slowly add pieces over time.