Erica Cahill and her husband Ed found their way to Orlando, Florida after years of chasing their careers across the United States. Initially in town for work (Erica works in the aquatics industry, Ed as a digital content manager for an Orlando-based soccer team), the couple was instantly charmed by the city’s culture, vibrancy, and history. They decided to take a leap and purchase their first home, officially laying down their roots in the verdant Florida soil.
Erica designs water parks by day and has become something of an interior design enthusiast, so she knew that the layout and design of her first home would be important. The bones of the new-construction Bungalow were great, but there were a few things that needed immediate addressing: early aughts details and fixtures, and an open floor plan that could have become cluttered in less capable hands. “The most challenging space was the combo living, dining, and kitchen,” Erica says. “I knew that we could accomplish the overall look we were going for, it just was going to take some careful planning.” Ultimately, this planning paid off. Despite its relatively compact size, the home looks spacious, bright, and airy—a lovely reflection of Erica’s self-proclaimed “California Cool” style. Take a closer look below!
“We love to entertain,” Erica says, “and often have people over for game nights, and dinner parties. That meant having a lot of seating in our small living space. So we got creative and found the largest sofa that would fit in our space, along with a nearby window bench, and woven poufs tucked underneath for additional seating. Stools, chairs and benches can also be pulled over from the kitchen and dining nook. Our dark sofa is red-wine friendly, which is a major bonus.”
“For our dining space, we didn’t have a lot of room to work with, but we knew we wanted a cozy space that would be perfect for everyday meals, doing a little work, and also spacious and comfortable for leisurely dinner parties. I love the coziness that the dining bench brings to this space—it’s one of my favorite places to enjoy my morning coffee and a good book.”
“It was important to my husband that he have a space for his late work nights, and of course, his computer and video games. We converted an unused closet in our bonus room into an office nook, where he can really concentrate.”
“I work mostly from home, so I needed a dedicated office space. I try to keep the space simple, and clutter-free, so I can really zone in and concentrate. Of course, having some fun accents never hurts, like my prized gumball machine.”
“It was important for us to have a space for guests when they come to visit. Most of our family and friends live out of town, so we get a lot of overnight guests. I try to keep our guest room ‘guest ready,’ complete with a welcome tray, and fresh sheets. We don’t get to see family and friends as much as we would like, so we like to spoil them during their visits.”
“The goal for our master bedroom was to create a serene space, with minimal distractions. Light gray walls, fluffy white bedding, and light colored furniture keep the room light and bright, but wood and fur accents keep the room balanced and full of texture.”