When Hanna Seabrook, founder of Gadabout Creative, and her husband Nelson moved to Kentucky for his career, they had only three weeks to find and buy their first home. They chose a charming 1940s cottage, and the remodeling and decorating began!
“I wanted to bring in the natural world as much as possible,” Seabrook told Southern Living. So she paired Lee Jofa’s classic Althea chintz with chalky green walls (Farrow & Ball’s Vert de Terre), botanical-themed accessories and prints, and beautiful brown wood antique furniture. After gutting the kitchen, Hanna turned to her friend Olivia Brock, a Charleston-based interior designer, for guidance. They agreed that a farmhouse-inspired look best suited the 1940s home, complete with beautiful mahogany countertops. “People think wooden counters require a lot of maintenance, but we just oil them twice a month,” said Seabrook. “These are 2 ½ inches thick, which makes them look substantial.” (You can read all about the pros and cons of wood countertops here.) For the finishing touches, Hanna enjoys scavenging Etsy, eBay, flea markets, and thrift stores for one of a kind treasures. “It’s the accessories that give a room its character,” she said.