Oh hi. Hi there. It’s been a while hasn’t it?
I’ve been the busiest I’ve ever been and it’s both amazing and exhausting. Amazing because I never dreamed of being in the position of having this many people want me involved in their home projects and exhausting because I’m just one person and have started to outsource everything I can but I think expanding my team will be in the very near future. The good news is I have so many fun projects that are going to be ready to share with you very soon.
Today I’m revealing project binns. This is a unique project because the before and after shots are incredibly dramatic but we did not rip out the kitchen, take down any walls, change the floor plans, etc. We painted. And sprayed, and re stained, and added some built ins and new tile.
The homeowners had bought this house for its large size and great location… But they never felt it reflected their taste. They told me most of the furniture were hand me downs or things they had from college or their first home and for two professionals with beautiful careers and a beautiful family of 5, it no longer was the right fit.
This house has a huge beautiful entryway with a double staircase. Like that’s fancy. Super fancy in my opinion. Let’s take advantage of that.
Here’s what we came up with:
First on the chopping block was the floors. Bye bye dated tile and hello to beautiful hemlock hardwood that we put in to try and mimic the hardwood in the other rooms. It was then all sanded down and to unify the floors. I won’t lie. These floors were super high maintenance. It took several go’s to get the right stain color. I’m remembering back to walking into a site visit to see floors that looked like they spilled grey paint randomly and tried to blend it in. After seeing that we made the executive decision to go dark. We just went dark and it was the answer to our prayers. Then the sealing process… the family had to move out the smell was so bad into a hotel. It seemed to be a never ending process. But. Look. How. Beautiful. They. Are. Now!!!
We decided to inlay a beautiful marble mosaic into the front entryway for an added punch. The family does not use this as their primary entryway so it’s really only for guests. It’s just stunning and 10 feet long so it makes a big impact in the space.
We added a new large geometric lantern style light fixture and some art and accessories to warm things up. The wainscotting was existing but we had it painted all the way up the same color as the wall to modernize it.
This is s stunning original painting the homeowners picked up while on vacation mid Reno. We accented it with a reclaimed wood desk/console table and added a fun little fox umbrella holder. Books and florals complete the look. These two adjoining rooms are next up on the chopping block. Phase 2 if you will do stay tuned.
The stairs were also a big transformation. New pickets and posts go a long way.
Quick designer tip. Pay attention to the scale. Details are ok on pickets but if you have two massive staircase to add those details every other picket would start to look busy. Here we added the round detail every 5 pickets which I think was the perfect mix.
We painted the risers and stained the treads to match the new hardwood. It’s slick, and classic, and cool and it feels warm and inviting.
I hope you love this space as much as I do and I’ll be back tom true revealing the family room and kitchen reveal.
Happy Decorating design lovers
Vision board I gave the client: