Room to Grow

Bryan and Emily Yee - Camarillo, CA

Built from the ground up, one couple’s airy modern home filled with rustic touches reflects their design tastes, personalities and vision for growing a family.
Emily and Bryan had not been looking for love when it found them, neither were they in the market for a new house when they stumbled across their future family home. “I was considering a job offer and the company gave me Bryan’s phone number for an employee perspective,” said Emily, who went on to accept the offer. A few months later, a co-worker invited Emily to a friend’s birthday party where she recognized the voice from the phone call. “Turns out it was Bryan and it was his birthday!”
 

After marrying in 2014, the couple were living comfortably—albeit blandly—in Bryan’s townhouse. “I’d lived there by myself for so long and everything was brown and beige,” he admits with a laugh. It wasn’t until he happened upon a new-construction community in Camarillo that they began to imagine the possibilities. “We looked at all six model homes and this floor plan just stood out,” Emily says of the two-story, five bedroom house they had a hand in designing.

Bryan and Emily’s clean-lined interiors take full advantage of the natural light and the open floor plan with relaxed rustic touches like reclaimed wood and metal bar stools. “This has been a great place to call home this past year,” Bryan adds. “Having so much space here just gives us more room to enjoy having people over!”
What inspired you to  build a new home?

What inspired you to build a new home?

Bryan: We started to picture what it might be like to live here. We thought about the future, having room to grow a family, a place for our families to gather, and it made sense.

Emily: Bryan had a townhouse he had purchased before we started dating. It was three stories and it was perfect for the two of us for that period of our lives.

Bryan: One of the things we love about this house is the open concept kitchen, dining room and living room. That was something similar in our old home that we really loved.

We started to picture what it might be like to live here. We thought about the future, having room to grow a family, a place for our families to gather, and it made sense.

- Bryan

Would you say you two complement one another?

Would you say you two complement one another?

Bryan: Yes, we got to choose new colors, what finishes the flooring would be, the granite countertops and the cabinets. It was a chance for us to introduce some color into our life.

Emily: Everything in his townhouse was brown and beige… on top of more dark brown and beige!

Bryan: The neat thing about this neighborhood is that all of us are new and we’re really motivated to get to know one another.

Emily: Bryan loves to stand outside the garage in hopes of catching one of our neighbors to say hi!

I’m more of the farmhouse rustic style. It reminds me of a small town
feel where life is a little bit slower.

- Emily

We pick pieces that create conversation and remind us of the things that bring us joy.

- Bryan

How would you describe your interior design style?

Bryan: I would say my style is more the modern minimal approach and yours is more the farmhouse style.

Emily: I’ve always really loved the whole rustic farmhouse feel. I think it’s really warm and it reminds me of a small town feel where life is a little bit slower.

We always joke that our home is like a B&B, except our initials are E&B. You can have that peace and quiet but also feel really cozy and relaxed in this home.

How do you pack personality into your space?

Bryan: We pick pieces that create conversation and remind us of the things that bring us joy.

Emily: Bryan knows how much I love Harry Potter and he’s found different ways of incorporating it into the décor without it being too flashy.

Bryan: Before dating we would always run into each other at coffee shops, so coffee was kinda our thing early on. When we were dating, Emily bought me a photograph of the original Starbucks. We see it hanging every morning when we walk downstairs.
Overall we want our home to feel inviting. And I think our styles do a good job of creating that feeling.

- Bryan

How do you want guests to  feel in your home?

How do you want guests to feel in your home?

Emily: Welcomed.

Bryan: Overall we want our home to feel inviting, because the friends, our family, the relationships we have at our workplace, and this community are so important to us. When you come in and you sit with us and you enjoy a meal, we want you to feel welcome and, most importantly, feel at home. And I think our styles do a good job of creating that feeling.

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