A Total Home Renovation
My client wanted to rennovate but not move walls nor tear out the kitchen. We wanted to keep the bones the same and update throughout the first floor and second floor guest and master spaces. The living room screamed for a dramatic geometric contemporary rug in dark brown almost black and blues, that anchored the space, The two barrel chairs near the windows were the original chairs and we just added two upholstery silk fabrics, setting the mood for the space to have a light contemporary look. The draperery fabric in both the living and dining were the same. The drapes were designed to allow the light in and also have the center shade operable. The contemporary art above the couch was the surprise accessory. My client owned an art gallery and loved to mix color and design. Custom pillows and Fine Art Lamps toped off the room. Purchasing those two sofa tables was the pefect ending to a beautiful space. The dining room needed to pull from the living area. We used the mate to the geometric blue and dark brown needlepoint rug. The room needed new furniture to accommodate seating for 10. My clients did a lot of entertaining and needed this kind of space. The upper dining walls are in a soft woven grass cloth, and adding chair moldings defined the walls. The ceiling fixture is in albaster from Fine Arts. We used two china cabnets as opposed to using one large cabinet. This made the space more useable and feel larger. Between the two china cabinets we placed a Fine Arts tall sconce. The kitchen is the original kitchen. We extended the island and added moldings and corbels. By adding cream paint to the back wall and lower cabinets with a soft glaze made these once tired white cabinets young again. The island was painted and glazed the same and after extending the island we made room for the microwave on the back side. Adding black granite and a contemporary pattern of natural stone in black and cream for the backsplash made this once tired kitchen come alive. The island now had room for seating for bar stools that matched the new breakfast room table and chairs. The area for the ranges was too small so we were able to enlarge that area for two Viking ovens. The corner cabinet was a desk and catch all. We changed it into a wine cooler and a storage for glasses and wine accessories. Again it dictated to be painted black. The breakfast room had a tired older table. Now it is a contemporary design that also brings that design to the bar stools. We added a sisal rug for a more organnic feel under the table and chairs. The window treatments and door to the deck are called soft shades and operable. The famlly room has all new furniture and a custom two story built-in cabinet placing their accessories from all over the world. The working fireplace was a simple white fireplace surround. Now it is a golden marble with a Greek key design for accent. Two contemporary chairs were placed in front of the fireplace for enjoyable seating. The rug was custom designed and the fibers custom selected by my client and I. The window treatments were custom made for this large window. The center lower door/window was a door. We made it into a fixed window as the client did not need the access from the family room to the deck. We needed that wall!! The top shade was a remote automatic shade and the lower shades were hand operable. The side panels were stationery with that splash of blue. The rug in the family room was custom made just for this space. The master bedroom window needed protection from the sun and to block out the view from the neighors in the back. The panels are stationery and the sheers are operable. The bed treatments were custom and the bed chosen was in an ebony wood surround with inserts of silk cream fabirc. The seating area was for reading and private moments. The corner was not being used properly so we converted that area into a custom TV cabinet space. The table lamps tables were Fine Arts, the bedside tables from Century, and the ceiling fixture from Fine Arts as well in alabaster. I added another photo of the bed with a different duvet. We made two! The master bath was a bit daring. We used a harloquien pattern in silver and grey. The countertops changed from white laminate to black granite. The center oval mirror was from Fine Arts with sconces attached. The soaking tub was white and resurfaced to black. The red vanity bench topped off the room to bring the master bedroom and bath together with a little of a soft red. We lowed the center counter top for vanity seating. All cords were hidden in drawers with outlets. The rest of the guest rooms were redone with the clients own bed treatments. We just added drapes, custom pillows, upholstery and a window seat etc. The first floor powder room was completely gutted and in went a black custom vanity and mirror. The granite on the countertops needed to be in black. The walls were handpainted in a criss-cross design and behind the toilet area was a big French plaque. There is more to tell, but hopefully those who read this will get a sense of how their own kitchen or existing furniture can be redone to make the spaces new again. Naturally all this was not cheap, but it did not compare to a cost of total rennovation, particularly in the kitchen.