With every new job we always know there will be a certain period that we call "the dance". You know that adjustment period when you are bouncing ideas back and forth trying to find that certain connection. You may be working with someone for the first time, or it could be an old friend. It doesn't matter, you still have to dance around a bit until you are on the same page. We realize and appreciate this. The real fun begins when we all start dancing to the same tune.
The project featured today was completed a couple of years ago. The re-model included the entire downstairs of a two story home, as well as paint, lighting and iron work outside. Although this house is only 38 years old it lives like a much older home. It's filled with charm. From the very beginning it was constructed with old reclaimed hardwood floors, large brick fireplaces and other features that added a lot of character. It is situated on a gorgeous golf course lot with a fabulous waterway view. All this being said it was definitely time for an update. Let's take a look at the before pictures:
Now let's take it room by room.
The Kitchen/Keeping Room Before...
The Keeping Room is adjacent to the kitchen. We replaced the couch with a daybed that faces the fireplace. Everything feels more open and flows much better. New chairs were brought in along with lamps and antique side tables. We didn't have a before shot of the kitchen cabinets but they were painted white. "Sister and I did the distressed painted finish on the cabinets and painted the island black. New granite countertops were installed as well as the Koehler farm sink and new hardware.
We love to use antique tea or bar carts in all kinds of spaces. This one replaced the skirted round table at the end of the sofa.
Really bad picture but we love the way the kitchen window turned out!
The iron chandelier replaced a ceiling fan.
We added draperies, reupholstered the seat cushions and had a custom bench made for the casual breakfast area.
The Butler Pantry Before...
We papered the Butler's Pantry and replaced the drapes.
We installed another antique chandelier, added a bulletin board and desk lamp. A new credenza added much needed workspace. A monogrammed pillow at the desk chair personalizes the office.
The Dining Room Before...
The dining room is one of our favorite rooms in the house. The fabulous antique crystal chandelier and sconces were already there. We reupholstered and skirted the dining chairs to add some softness. The lamps on the sideboard were too small. Those were moved to the bedroom and two larger antique lamps were placed. The tapestry was removed and the large contemporary pieces were brought in from the client's office. The mix of antiques and traditional pieces with the contemporary art is something we love to see clients embrace.
Note the fabulous antique mirror. So fun to work with someone who already has such gorgeous pieces.
Close-up of the wonderful sconces, lamps and sensational art.
The Powder Room Before...
We did a custom finish on the vanity added a travertine marble top, new hardware, plumbing fixtures and a fabulous gold vessel sink. The new wallpaper is beautiful. The antique French wall sconce is pretty fabulous too.
The Family Room Before...
The sofa and club chairs were replaced. A new TV console cabinet was purchased and several pieces from other rooms of the house were reupholstered and used here. The addition of accessories as well as custom drapes completed the look.
The Bar Before...
We installed new stone tile countertops and backsplash, new sink and plumbing fixture, iron sconce and fun accessories.
The Living Room Before...
You can see that the paint color has been warmed through-out the house. We tweaked the room arrangement here as well as reupholstered and brought in a few new pieces. The colors we chose for the ottoman really pop and play off the contemporary art.
The Master Bedroom Before...
Our client is single so she wanted a cozy feminine space. Warmer walls, new sculptured carpet ,custom bedding and drapes were all required here. She chose to open the bay window up with a set of French doors and added a small private veranda. In keeping with the old charm of the house we found an antique armoire and fitted it with a television. Fabric panels were added behind the glass doors to conceal it. The chaise by the windows is now a favorite spot to relax or read a book.
Notice the lamps that were too small for the sideboard in the dining room. We used the pair together here on the desk on one side of the bed.
A pretty antique chandelier adds just the right touch.
The television is hidden here.
New private veranda off the Master
The Master Bath before...
We redesigned the vanity to look like a piece of furniture complete with antique hardware. The effect of the old mirror installed over the original sheet mirror is wonderful. Larger sconces also make a big impact. A new shower is one of the home owner's favorite things.
As you can see this was no small project. After we danced for a while we entered into a full waltz. We worked together on the construction phase for close to a year. When it came time to put it all back together our client left town for a few days and we worked almost round the clock. Everything was in place down to the last soap dispenser. The last dance was worth every step!
Looks like Millie is really enjoying her new digs!
We have continued since then to consult and aid the homeowner with other small projects around the house and outside on the patio. We're meeting this week to start work on the upstairs. Her parting words as we set the appointment were "Be sure and bring your camera". You know we will.
What do you think? As we are working on projects we continually have our new "favorite thing". Do you see one here? How do you work with your clients and or interior designer? Do you have to dance for a while before you are on the same page? It's your turn.