House Tour | Bell Custom Homes

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Welcome to Landfall! Take a seat and stay a while!

After moving countless times in just eleven years, Cress and Jessica Bell were ready to settle down in a home designed for their family of four. Owners of the design and build company Bell Custom Homes, who better to create their home then the couple themselves? The first decision: a West meets East vibe for their rustic yet modern home in Wilmington, North Carolina. This meant clean, modern elements for the California look and warmer elements like oak wood for a coastal Carolina flavor.

The kitchen and dining area blend almost seamlessly, save for two side wall partitions and the Fresh Concrete island that separate the space. The effect is spacious and inviting.

In the kitchen, the Bells aimed to create a soft, rustic look with clean lines. The gray and white color palette with oak cabinetry, an oak-paneled fridge and oak flooring provide softness and warmth, while the Fresh Concrete waterfall island adds a clean, modern touch. This might just be the most functional kitchen island, complete with split ovens, an industrial cooktop, and storage to boot!

Inspiration from nature is not only inside the kitchen, but look out of the windows. A tree-lined view framed by a white-painted brick backsplash and Fresh Concrete countertops!

Recessed LED lights in the bulkhead over the cooktop bring light to the room without sacrificing space. The white-painted brick continues on the double-sided fireplace that warms the dining area.

The living room is sunken, with a concrete floor. To steer away from an industrial look, the Bells added a soft color palette of greys and whites. Striped chairs, Indonesian-inspired pillows, and a turquoise coffee table add pops of color to brighten the space.

A geometric-patterned oak door and custom oak-and-metal shelving give the room a modern way to store books and showcase objets d’ art.

We’re inspired by this burst of yellow in the kids’ bathroom! The Fresh Concrete counter creates a neutral canvas that allows the modern pattern of grey, white and yellow drawers to really pop.

Enter the master bath by a sliding barn door and be greeted by a free-standing tub and zero entry shower. We love the bronze, free-standing faucet and wooden mat, bringing an Eastern vibe into the room.

The patterned backsplash seen in the shower continues above the Fresh Concrete quartz counter and concrete double sink. A wide, corner-to-corner mirror and recessed LED lights serve to make the bath feel more expansive.

The Bells went for a similar look in the guest bath, choosing to include Fresh Concrete countertops, a concrete sink, and the white-painted brick backsplash. The grey and white palette with oak accents bring in this soft, homey tone.

For our last stop on this beautiful house tour, check out the widow’s walk to Cress’s carriage house office! The Bells fully utilized the space by adding outdoor furniture and turning it into an outdoor living area for those beautiful Carolina springs and summers.

If we were the Bells, we’d never leave this home!

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