One of my favorite things about working as an interior design is getting to see and share the transformation of a home after a renovation. The photo above is the After of a project I did a short time ago. Bold and colorful for sure, but I don’t think you can really appreciate the After until you see the Before. My clients wanted this room to be a, just about everything room. It needed to function as an Office, Dining Room and a TV room. That is no doubt a tall order for a small(ish) room. I managed to get it all in and function as well as look amazing!
First things first – we gutted the place! Out with everything including the windows. The stone floors are the only thing that remains from the original room.
In order to accommodate the wish list of items I designed the new cabinetry to have as much storage as we could. Flanking the sofa are open shelves with file cabinets below on each side. You can’t see in this photo but there are open shelves above the sofa and at the top of the side cabinets. On the opposite side of the room is a built in that hides the TV / Desk area behind Sliding doors. When the TV is exposed, the panels slide to cover the open shelves with more drawer storage below.
The 54″ round Dining Table from Hickory White is and intimate place for 4 to eat or play games but the table is expandable with the addition of a 24″ leaf to 78″.
Check – Check & Check for all the items on the wish list!
In addition to checking all the items I added architectural interest with beams on the ceiling. Without hesitation I painted every piece of trim and built in a beautiful red! So pretty!
Lighting was important to address as there was no recessed lights or any source other than lamps. We added a chandelier in the middle of the room and sconces to highlight the book shelves and swing arm lamps for reading on each side of the sofa.
Well there you have it, the transformation of a boring den to a colorful room for all your needs! Hope you like it.
I’ve just started working on a project in Southern California, (Yay!) So Excited! Always fun to get out of town and work in a new area. I decided to do a little looking through local architects and designers web sites to get an idea of the style, which I presumed to be vastly different from little ole Vero Beach. I came across an amazing web site for a southern CA Architectural firm, Island Architects. I was not looking for anything in particular, but as I looked through their portfolio I found that they appear to be fans of curved stair cases. I am a fan as well. It is almost hard to believe but Way-Back-In-the-Day my final portfolio project in college incorporated a curved stair. You could say I’ve had an appreciation for curved stairs for some time. The photo above is from a project I did in the Dutchess County area of New York. Tucked nicely below is a small Powder Room that we turned into a little jewel box with a floating marble countertop, basketweave floor, great textured wall covering and a not seen lovely mini chandelier my clinets found in New Orleans. I love that the photos below all from Island Architects, all curved have a unique presence fo their own. Enjoy!
I’ve been searching for benches to use in an entry foyer of a clients home. I was fairly certain I wanted to do two small benches rather than one single and I had an idea of what I was looking for. These are some of the beautiful selections I shared with my client.
Before and After photos of a recent home renovation project we completed in Orchid Island, Vero Beach, FL.
Can you tell from these photos what is the only thing that remained of the original kitchen after our renovation?
We made so many improvements it is almost hard to believe it is the same Kitchen.
First on the list of things to change was the arched windows. All of the windows in the home were replaced with simple straight rectangular windows. We did use shutters again, but new ones.