A Northside Gem

When I asked homeowner Jenny Foley what she loves about her house, she said “it feels happy to me!” And I couldn’t agree more!

Visiting Jenny is always a treat. One because I adore her house. And two because I adore her! We became friends in college and reconnected here in Richmond years later at a Stella and Dot party. Jenny, her husband Jay and her two children love RVA and love living in the Northside.

“The Northside is a little hidden gem. We can walk down to the corner and see the fireworks from the Diamond, walk to the restaurants on MacArthur, ride bikes to the playground at Holton, walk to Sweet 95 for ice cream, and a short drive to some of our favorite spots in Scott’s Addition. From the restaurant scene to the shops and the river, we are so lucky to call this place home!”

The entry to the home is magazine-worthy and offers a warm welcome (and that amazing front door).

There are so many little touches that make this house unique – from the colorful landscaping to the unique birdhouse perched among the budding trees.

 

But it’s not just the front entrance that makes you feel welcome and comfortable. The spacious patio and beautiful backyard garden are a hidden oasis where the kids enjoy playing and Jenny enjoys relaxing or entertaining friends.

Their beautiful home features all of those unusual details you can only get with older homes. Unique hardwoods throughout, carefully crafted trim work, glass doorknobs and big, beautiful windows. The architecture is stunning. As soon as I walk in, I feel at home. It’s simple and fresh with fun, unexpected pops of color and design in every nook and cranny.

The foyer is warm and inviting and is a fresh, open space for welcoming guests.

I’m in love with the beautifully accessorized pedestal table in the entryway filled with books and candles. That beautiful chandelier is a hand-me-down from Jay’s grandmother. I love how Jenny uses fresh flowers and stems to add touches of color and life throughout the house.

 

 

All of those little details make such a bold statement!

Don’t you just love this corner of the foyer?!

I just drool over this living room. The simple, slipcovered sofa is the perfect backdrop for her beautiful pillows. The soft color palate on the walls and furniture allow the artwork and accessories to shine. I just love the use of glass and brass throughout this space.

And all of those beautiful glass doors open the entire room up for an airy and relaxed feeling, connecting the entryway, living room, sunporch and foyer.

 

Every detail is so meticulously thought out like this gorgeous gold sphere – yet it all seems effortless and inviting.

Sunny Goode’s artwork above the mantle served as the primary inspiration piece for the space. “I love how art does that!” Jenny has a personal tie to the beautiful art over the acrylic side table…these special pieces were created by her dad, Bobby. The gold accents add light and sparkle to the room and give it just enough bling.

 

Artistry by Sunny Goode

Artwork by Bobby Wiltshire

The glass doors flanking the fireplace lead to a beautiful sunporch where Jenny enjoys reading and hanging out. Who wouldn’t love sitting here overlooking her beautiful backyard with a cup of coffee and a good book?!

Art by Lindsay Cowles

I love the touch of ‘whimsy’ above the art on the sunporch brick wall. The art is by Lindsay Cowles and is colorful and adds life to the space.

“I love the sunporch. It’s definitely my favorite room in the house. It’s the place to be on spring and fall days!”

The porch is bright and airy with original doors that open with screens overlooking a beautifully landscaped backyard filled with plants, flowers and space for the kids to play and adults to relax. I love the functionality of the acrylic table (with those amazing lamps) and love even more that it doesn’t block the view of her rose bushes. It’s the perfect spot to relax in the morning with a cup of coffee.

Artist and friend Claiborne Riley helped the Foley’s prepare for Historic Garden Week when they were featured years ago and she created beautiful paintings specifically for the dining room.

The dining room table and chairs were inherited from her grandmother. I just love hearing all of the stories and history behind so many pieces in this wonderful home. “It was beautiful when we got it but the chairs were caned, which I loved, but with rowdy kids the seats and backs kept getting holes so we had the seats and back built and covered. That works better for a young family.”

Jenny and Jay painted the table and chairs, giving them a fresh, new look. The dining room is cozy and comfortable. Not only does it look magazine worthy, but is practical for a busy family with kids.

 

Art by Claiborne Riley

Her beautifully styled bar cart is pretty and practical (and you know I’m loving that gold pineapple)!

It’s easy to see here in Jenny’s house that a kitchen does not have to be huge to be beautiful. Simple Shaker-style white cabinetry, with Carrara marble countertops and a beautiful apron front sink. The finishes and fixtures add the perfect, sparkling touch. And that beautiful glassware and dishes pop with color through the glass doors.

And how fun is this dining nook (built by her husband, Jay) decorated with some of Jenny’s favorite artwork, a few of which were created by her little artists themselves. The pillows pull in all kinds of fun textures and colors – what a fun place for family dinner!

Jenny loves shopping local and has found a lot of beautiful and unique pieces at Ruth & Ollie and Williams & Sherrill. She has some wonderful smelling candles from Gilt & Ash spread throughout her home.

“I’m always looking to mix things up! I love the stencils going up the stairs but I’m ready for a change. I’d love white paneling up the wall and for that matter…more white throughout! I’m very drawn to that mid-century, beachy boho style. And would love to add some shiplap somewhere!”

I personally love Jenny’s eye for design whether it’s home decorating, fashion or accessories. I always look forward to her fun and inspiring Instagram posts that feature a lot of her favorite spots in RVA. Thanks so much to Jenny for inviting us into her beautiful home. We hope she’ll invite us back when, and if, she does decide to make some of those design changes. Either way, we know it will be beautiful!



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