This kitchen renovation was such a wonderful transformation from the dated and dark space that existed in this beautiful house when my clients purchased it last January.
The main goal of this project was to open up the kitchen to their soon to be family room. I felt the best way to remove the wall separating the two rooms was to create a large cased opening that would frame the new bar seating and create a smooth transition between the kitchen and family room. It also worked structurally since the wall that was being removed was load bearing and aesthetically, it was an architectural detail that matched the rest of the house.The pallete is neutral and classic with white cabinetry and a light grey island amongst stainless steel appliances and polished nickel hardware. The Carrera marble countertops are accented by a Carrera and Thassos marble backsplash in a chevron pattern for added interest.
The final part of this kitchen remodel was the addition of a window treatment on the big beautiful window overlooking their back yard. I proposed a relaxed roman shade so that a minimal amount of the view would be obstructed. The Family Rooms accent colors are navy and coral so I found this great Schumacher fabric and trimmed it in a navy tape to tie the two rooms together.
Construction: Duddy Construction
Cabinetry: Sterling Kitchens
Window Treatment: Urban Loft Window Treatments
One of the things I enjoy most about my profession as an Interior Architect is being hired to reconfigure a space. This particular project was a great challenge because I was able to redesign a garage and adjacent sitting room into an in-law suite. The new dwelling had to include all necessary living spaces as well as storage, a washer/dryer, and an enclosed entryway with a small sitting area to allow for a smooth transition from outdoor to indoor living. I created a few different layout options for my client to consider and construction started last week. When the project is completed, I will post the final layout selected along with pictures.
This project began with my good friend and fellow Drexel grad Cindy Allan. Our clients beautiful oriental carpet was the generator for the decor of the room. Because the carpet was so ornate, we had to make careful color and furniture selections to compliment it. This client also had a few family heirlooms like her mothers china cabinet, a small dresser, and an antique Queen Anne style chair that were to be incorporated into the new Living Room Design. The desk got a new look with an upholstered back done in a beautiful chinoiserie fabric, the dresser was transformed into a colorful dry bar, and the antique chair was recovered in Brunschwig & Fils, Les Touches.
Rather than replacing the existing sofas we had them reworked, resized, and reupholstered in an extremely durable and washable Perennials fabric. The idea of having the sofas reworked was not only to make them look more modern but also to make them completely different from one another. This was accomplished by skirting one of the sofas and placing a detailed tape along the bottom. The second sofa was then floated in the floor plan and reupholstered without a skirt showing off its legs and lifting it up off of the carpet.
A colorful mountain landscape was placed over the sofa to accentuate many of the jewel tones in the room. Emerald Green taken from the painting was carried throughout the room by installing two upholstered and framed silk panels to the walls behind the new Etageres. The Etageres framed the clients large picture window and were stylized with a mixture of new and old blue and white pieces. The layering of bold and soft jewel tones throughout this living room brightened and updated the space.
Upholstered China Cabinet
Horchow Etagere Styled with Blue and White
Kravet Chairs upholstered in this beautiful ivory print.
Sometimes all it takes is one little change in your house, like moving a piece of furniture or purchasing a new coffee table to make you want to change everything. That one decision can have a snowball effect. This project began as a Master Bathroom renovation and turned into so much more. In order to transform the existing Closet and existing Master Bathroom into a more desirable space we extended the bathroom wall by one foot. Those twelve inches taken from the bedroom lead to new paint, wallpaper, bedding, custom pillows and window treatments, better lighting, new bedside tables for added storage, a beautiful new carpet, and a brand new 55″ OLED television with a picture and sound system that would put movie theaters to shame.
The Master Bathroom was a complete renovation from the beginning. Once the floor plans were finished that extra foot of space from the bedroom allowed for a double vanity with a custom Glassos countertop, a small 1/2 wall for privacy next to the toilet, a heated towel rack, and a more sizable shower with custom niches to accommodate shampoo & conditioner bottles, etc. The shower was designed with handmade ceramic shower tiles in three different textures, sizes, and colors to give it a sense of depth and interest. All of this was done with a white grout to accentuate the beautiful detail of the tile.
The bathroom floor was also Glassos, in the form of 12″ x 12″ tiles. For the shower floor we used Glassos 2″x 2″ hexagon shaped tiles. The final hard surface material feature in the bathroom is the custom Cyan Green stone wall above the vanity. There is a lot of variation in the stone which makes the mirrored medicine cabinets really pop. The sconce has a Brushed Nickel finish as does the hardware from Kallista.
With all of the hard surfaces in a bathroom a fabric window treatment is one way to soften the space. The cornice and roman shades in both the bathroom and bedroom were a custom designed and a collaboration with Urban Loft Window Treatments. The cranberry color throughout the bathroom and bedroom is a great accent to the various gray tones. The end product is better than I had imagined when creating the floor plan. What was once an ordinary bedroom with a full bathroom is now transformed into a stylish retreat worthy of “Master Suite” status.
Construction done by Duddy construction; http://www.duddyconstruction.com
The cornice board and drapery panels were recently installed on the landing in the Rosemont Re Design project. The fabric has graphic floral print which keeps the window lite against the dense geometry of the wall paper. The trim and piping are the details that really make this window treatment special while the cornice design finishes it beautifully. I created and hand sketched the cornice board design to make it truly customized for this space and my co designer Cindy Allan selected the beautiful fabric and trim.