An Organic and Cozy Minimalist Florida Home

CREDIT: DESIGN: CARLA THOMPSON / PHOTOGRAPHER: STEFANIE KEELER
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Clean lines, nature-inspired, and warm color palette make this cozy minimalist historic home.

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Name: Carla Thompson
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Type of home: Craftsman Style Home, owned
Size: 1,109 square feet
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1

Let’s be honest, it’s not easy to have a minimal decor style while making your home cozy and inviting. It’s tricky to pull off these two opposite interior styles, but Carla Thompson showed that it can be done in their charming Florida home.

Carla lives in the sunny neighborhood at Riverside Avondale Historic District, where their home dates back to 1926. Yes, their clean and fresh charming historic home is almost 100 years old! Surprisingly, eh? It’s a perfect little home to home stylist and minimal fashion enthusiast Carla, her husband, and their kid. The neighborhood has stunning old oak trees and walking distance local shops and parks.

Carla’s home was inspired by her minimalist lifestyle and love for natural southwestern modern style. She used an earthy color palette, which gives a feeling of calm and warmth throughout their home. You can find inspiration about her home and wardrobe on her blog, Carla Natalia, and on her Instagram page.

Let’s check out more of Carla’s home.

Tell us something about your home

Our home was built in 1926, so it is almost 100 years old! This home came with its original charm of brick fireplace with built-in shelves and bench. A lovely butlers pantry/ breakfast nook area. Original wood flooring with border inlay detail. Giant glass windows covering all the walls of the house. It is truly a historic beauty.

Describe your interior style

I would describe my interior home style as an organic and natural southwestern modern style. It is so hard to describe any style with just one word when oneself can be inspired by the whole world around us. One important aspect of the way we style is Minimalism.

Tip: The key to building a cozy minimalist style is functionality. Design the room around your furniture. For example, if you’re designing a dining room, let the dining table be the focal point.

What is your favorite part of your home and why?

I have many favorites about my home! First, the size is just perfect for our family of three. It is easier to live in a smaller home, realistically easier to keep tidy and clean. Secondly, its original charm is my absolute favorite! From the fireplace and built-in to the cute breakfast nook area. Finally, the big glass windows give life to this home. So much natural light comes in from dusk to dawn, making a feeling of happiness and my plants to grow and thrive!

Tip: To add interest to a cozy minimalist interior, add accessories like plants, wall arts and mirrors, area rugs, throw pillows and blankets, candles, and coffee table books.

What is your least favorite part of your home and why?

I would say my least favorite part of my home is the laundry room. It’s a tiny room directly by the door to the backyard. This little room gets so dirty because of coming in and out to the backyard. Also, the door opens toward the appliances making it such an inconvenience when we are coming in and out that door. At the same time, I am thankful that we have an indoor designated space for the washer and dryer, which some historic homes do not have.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get most of my inspirations from nature, natural plants, and the dessert life. I can’t say of any specific person that I am inspired by other than people with southwestern style and life! Through Instagram, I have found so much inspiration and wonderful people to feed into my styling love.

What are your recommended places to shop?

Schoolhouse, Article, West Elm, IKEA, Parachute, Juneday, and Jan Skacelik Art.

Dream home design advice/tips you want to share?

When looking for your dream home, don’t settle with the first home you see. Have an open mind when looking at homes, knowing that things can be changed. Evaluate what lifestyle you want to bring into your home. That will be the deciding factor of how big, how many rooms, and outdoor space you will need. Do not strip out original house charm, and if it doesn’t have any charm, make it yourself!

Create a space that effortlessly blends the beauty of nature and comfort and Carla’s home is a great example. You can create more styles with fewer decors as long as you know what to use in each space of your home.

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