On a hot summer day last week, I pulled up to Franklin's 75 Silver Fox Road, just as a major thunder storm was rolling in. I was excited to see this home because a friend had mentioned to me how special it was and what a nice job the homeowners had done decorating it. I got out of my car, looked around, and right away enjoyed the relaxing feel of this beautiful family neighborhood.
As I walked up to the door, Tara, the homeowner, welcomed me and made me feel right at home. She and Shawn, built the house shortly after getting married, and have very much enjoyed living here.
Their story began when mutual friends introduced them in Boston in 2008. While strolling to a pub in Southie, the group was hearing Tara's plans to move to Chicago and get a dog. Shawn decided to tease her by saying something along the lines of, “don’t go planning our lives together without discussing it with me first.”
Following their engagement a few years later, they started to look for a family home. With Shawn working in Providence and Tara working in Newton, the town of Franklin was the ideal location to settle down. In 2012, they bought a lot in the Sandy Knoll Estates, which would soon become 75 Silver Fox Rd. Before signing the papers, they requested that the plans be redrawn by an architect to include an extended family room, a window in the master bedroom closet, and pocket doors in the laundry room and master closets.
The neutral wall colors create a crisp and clean atmosphere throughout the house. Furniture from Restoration Hardware, along with gray, black, and navy decorative accents, create the perfect balance between modern and traditional styles.
The kitchen is not only functional, it's beautiful. Tara and Shawn decided on a white kitchen because they wanted it to blend with the neutral colors of the rest of the house. Off the kitchen is a breakfast nook where their two young daughters have their own little space. An accent wall is painted with chalkboard paint so that the girls can enjoy playing with chalk whenever they want.
Tara's favorite part of the kitchen are the hand written notes. Both asked their grandmothers to write the recipes of their favorite dishes growing up. The notes are very special to the whole family, and each Thanksgiving, she consults her wall recipe for her Nana's famous rum cake.
Tara asked the builder to leave off the doors of the closet by the garage entrance, because she was planning to create a mudroom space. She found inspiration on Pinterest and though Shawn isn't always excited about Tara's DIY projects, he turned her vision into a reality. She explains: "I love Pinterest because it has tons of ideas all in one place. Shawn hates Pinterest because it has tons of ideas all in one place".
Liking the idea of having a dark colored room, Tara picked navy for the downstairs half bath. She and Shawn grew up around boats, so the nautical-themed decor worked well.
The family room is bright and airy, thanks to large windows overlooking the yard. Most of the room's decor are items representing their life together, with mason jars full of treats for their beloved family dog, Niko.
When decorating little P's room, Tara wanted to make it match her personality. As Tara explains: "She's a firecracker, so a light and fluffy theme wasn’t going to cut it." Tara wanted to find a balance between elegant and bold, and opted for a removable wallpaper to make the accent wall.
She went for a more neutral and serene color palate for B's room. The family often mistakes the adorable black lab stuffed animal with their actual dog.
Shawn and Tara have always wanted to live by the ocean, and the idea of raising their daughters there is one that pulls them to the South Shore. With both of their jobs having recently changed locations, it makes sense for them to move. Soon they will call an ocean-side town home.