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A Restful and Renovated Home for a Growing Family in Upstate NY

by Lauren Chorpening Day

Since late childhood, I’ve just known that the first home I own will be a rehab project. I know it’ll be tiring and that I may never want to do another ever again, but I just need to do it once for my soul. I’m excited to one day uncover potential in something that no one else could see. It’s a desire of mine because I want to get my hands dirty and give something forgotten a new purpose, but it’s also the most economical way to a dream house. Danielle and Caleb knew exactly what they needed in a home, and were able to see it all in a house that needed to be completely gutted before move-in.

Danielle Burkleo, graphic designer and blogger, and her husband Caleb needed more house for their growing family in Mechanicville, NY. The Upstate New York area included their preferred school district, Caleb’s job at Toyota, their church, friends and family. The house search was hard due to the size they needed with the price range they could afford, until they stumbled upon their 3-story, 2,900-square-foot home that qualified for a rehabilitation loan. “We saw a small amount of houses before this one and when we walked into our now-home, I thought there was no way in the world we would be buying it,” Danielle says. When they first got the keys, Caleb and the contractor spent six months working on the home to get it move-in ready while the family of six (at the time) lived with Danielle’s parents temporarily. The work and the wait were well worth it. Their spacious home has allowed them to expand into a family of seven without requiring anything more from their gorgeous and bright abode.

The home is full of classic Cape Cod features that have come alive with Caleb and Danielle’s renovation. Hardwoods, beamed ceilings, nooks, and large windows flooded with light are beautifully highlighted. Danielle’s decorating style is refined and relaxed. Danielle uses typography, plays on white space, and unexpected color throughout her house — just as you’d think a graphic designer should. She incorporates the elements of design that speak to her, without needing to compromise on functionality or longevity with five children in the house. “We wanted to create a cozy, beautiful home for our family,” Danielle says. “We feel so blessed to have this home, and it’s truly the perfect one for us! Our home is well lived-in and it shows, but I love that.” –Lauren

Photography by Danielle Burkleo

SOURCE LIST

Living Room
Couch, rug, Chairs all off of Craigslist.
Side tables and lamp secondhand stores
Red table and buffet passed down from family
Floral wall painting: Melissa Lyons Art
Emerson Handlettering Print: Oh My Deer
NYC and Chicago Posters: Line Posters
STAY letters: Michaels
Go Tell it Artwork: Winsome Easel, Etsy
For Like Ever Art: Super Rural
I have always known it was you: Row Boat Press
Peace on Earth Canvas (on Fireplace): Lindsay Letters
Tiny faux succulent (fireplace): The Felt Flower Shop
Heart sign (fireplace): Jaxn Blvd
Wall scones above fireplace: Allen + Roth for Lowes
Twinkle lights: Amazon
Buffalo Print: Small Adventure, Etsy
Dallas Poster: Native Maps, Etsy
Seattle Poster: Flying Junction, Etsy
Don’t Give up Poster: Print Liberation, Etsy
Abstract painting poster: Melissa Lyons
Vine/Branches Art: Naptime Diaries

Dining Room
Table + White chairs: Craigslist
Light Fixture: Allen + Roth for Lowes
Ceiling Fan: Allen + Roth for Lowes
Wall Paper: Hygge and West – designed by Julia Rothman
Plates: Salvation Army
Canvas Art: Lindsay Letters

Girls’ Room
Amazing wallpaper/ wall mural by Anewall
Crib sheet: Babiease, Etsy
Story’s quilt: The Feather & Arrow, Etsy
Floral Ampersand: The Felt Flower Shop, Etsy
Curtains: (peach are vintage sheets) blue floral are Urban Outfitters
Faux leather pillows S & L : Joyful house designs, Etsy
Crib: Craigslist
Girl wall hanging/wood slice: Beth Cupitt, Etsy
Be Filled with Joy & Wild & Precious Life: Katie Daisy
Flower canvas paintings: Pen & Paint, Etsy

Bathroom
Shower curtain, mat, wall art above toilet, wreath: Target

Kitchen
Floral mugs: Anthropologie
Canisters: thrifted

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Danielle and Caleb's style is an updated play on classic design. Their fun color combinations and timeless pieces create a space that is energizing and beautiful.
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"Our living room is the room we spend most of our time in. We love this space," Danielle says. "The beamed ceilings, restored original wood floors, original fire space & exposed brick wall are some of my favorite features."
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Danielle's love for graphic art can be seen in almost every room of the house.
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"Our gallery wall includes some of my favorite artwork in the house. Cities we love, drawings by my kids, and some really beautiful words," Danielle says.
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The fireplace is decorated sweetly with polaroids, vintage pieces and pretty graphics.
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This secondhand table sits next to the front door for a cheery, warm welcoming.
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"There are so many windows and so much natural light, a dream come true for me," Danielle says.
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Caleb laid the subway tile in the shower and penny tile on the floor with dark grout.
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"I love our bathroom so much! There is no linen closet or much storage but it still is my favorite," Danielle says. "My husband built the shelves above the toilet with reclaimed wood so we could have storage for our towels. They sat folded on the floor for a year before that."
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The Burkleo family rules.
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The dining room is flooded with light and is open to the rest of the house.
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The dining room table and chairs came from Craigslist. The serene space gets busy at meal times and is a perfect place that Danielle and Caleb can enjoy Brody (age 7), Foster (age 6), Story (age 3 1/2), Abram (age 2) and Lula (3 Months).
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Danielle mixes styles, materials and colors so well. The bright rug is balanced by the neutral, light colors in the space and ties in beautifully with the wallpaper.
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"I dreamed about this wallpaper for probably five years and finally bought a roll when it went on sale after moving into the house," Danielle says. "I think it's the perfect pop of color and the birds are the best shade of reddish orange."
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"If the home is a body, the table is the heart. The beating center of it all."
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Story and Lula's bedroom is full of whimsy and wonder. Story's reading nook is a loved spot in the house.
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When Lula gets a little bigger she will be joining Story in her room. "Story is so anxious to have her baby sister with her! She is still in our room in a bassinet for now, but soon she will join her big sis," Danielle says.
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The nooks and crannies in this bedroom are a little girl's dream.
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"All our kids' bedrooms are upstairs. Our bedroom is on the main floor, and we have a guest bedroom downstairs, along with a full finished basement where our TV is, and where our kids can run free. When you have lots of loud kids it's awesome to send them up or down and maintain some sort of calm at times," Danielle says.
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The kitchen renovation is gorgeous. The white subway tile, dark grout, wood cabinets and shelves are all done beautifully.
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"We redesigned the layout of the kitchen to make it flow better, and have the sink under the window. Ya'll would not even believe the 'before' pictures. I had a mild panic attack when picking out what I wanted for the kitchen because I have always been so obsessed with white on white on white," Danielle says. "But then I chose wood and I am so glad I did! It hides the fingerprints and streaks and food spills so much better than white! It's warm but still gives me the modern and clean feel that I love."
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"My husband was so over the subway tiling by this point [of the renovation]... Our awesome open shelves were designed by our contractor and friend, Aaron Vielleux. He custom-built the shelves with cherry wood and stainless steel rods, anchored from the ceiling," Danielle says.
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Simple, beautiful and functional kitchen shelves.
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"My favorite thing about our home is all the change that has taken place here. Not just the total transformation of the house itself and making it our own, but the growth and change in our family and in our hearts," Danielle says.

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Comments

  • Can you tell us more about the kitchen cabinets? I am curious what kind of wood they are and whether they are custom built? I totally identify with loving the look of an all white kitchen, but I loved the look of these wood cabinets,and I bet they are not only practical now but will age amazingly too!