There is no denying my love for a good Before and After story. This one is no exception.
My clients came to me after purchasing the waterfront home for the beautiful River view, they loved the lot, location and size of the home. They were not quite as impressed with most of the interior layout, the windows, the Bathroom, the Kitchen and the complete lack of architectural details in the house.
Let’s just say they were prepared for a Major renovation.
It helps to understand that my clients we completely open to any ideas I had for making changes to the house. There were some absolute must-do items on their to-do list which would require reconfiguring the floor plan and some major reworking things like ceilings and flooring. The Master Bathroom was definitely a high priority on the to-do list. The original plan had two separate areas – his with shower and hers with a shower and a tub between both. The bathroom was divided from the Master Bedroom by a hall visible from the Living Room. Passing through the hall you would come to another hallway with closets on each side.
New Construction Home in Orchid Island, Vero Beach
Progress photos and the final result
It’s always great to see the beautiful finished images of my work. In truth, that’s the way I remember them, as the lovely rooms with every last detail in it’s proper place flowers blooming and not one single item that is not just right. But the reality is we work Really hard to create the beautiful final images and we work even harder for a very long time getting to the finals stage of a construction project.
Lucky for me I absolutely LOVE construction projects of all kinds, new builds and renovations are everything to me. I love the creativity of the process, I love the challenges that come up, love the collaboration with talented people from so many different fields. I just love it. But undoubtedly the best part is the finished result.
This project was a new home built for a lovely couple from New York. They decided after many years of having a second home in Arizona to move to Florida to be on the same coast and time zone as their children and grandchildren. We worked together to select all the finishes, furniture, cabinet and colors to create a home for them to entertain and host family gatherings.
The entry to the home is a good sized and mahogany French Doors allow you to see through to the amazing view the home offers. I incorporated one of my ALL-TIME favorite paint techniques, a hand-painted stria which creates an irregular stripe by dragging a brush from top to bottom through a glaze. This process gives a two-toned dimensional effect to the wall which in my opinion is so much more interesting than straight paint on the wall.
As you can see from the photo above the entry like every area starts as a blank canvas. The site superintendent picked the best spot in the house to set up his desk.
The Living Room photo above is what you see walking in from the Entry. I did not want to interfere with the view and created an unconventional seating arrangement to keep the room as open as possible. The outdoor space is an extension of the living room which triples the living space and gives the home a much larger and carefree feel. All of the fabrics we used in the Living Room are Indoor Outdoor so YES! you can go white without the worry! Perennials Fabrics have become my go-to fabric because they are beautiful without the worry.
This is a photo I took while the home was being built. You can see the view is shaping up but the pool has a long way to go yet!
This is another view of the Living Room with a tiny peek at the Dining Room. I do a lot of “Great Rooms” these days and I really like to have a statement chandelier in the center of the room. It makes the room feel all-inclusive and not divided. The natural fiber area rug is a great easy care item as well that is well priced. This rug is from Fibreworks
The homeowners are avid world travelers and in the bookcases we incorporated all the trinkets that they had collected over the years. The Fireplace is a slab marble and more contemporary than your traditional wood mantel. I love the simplicity of the surround.
I opted to use a wood look tile in place of a contrasting stone for the hearth. Code requires noncombustible material 18″ in front of a fireplace. I just couldn’t see putting a white stone ( same as surround) or black granite, the typical application in the middle of the beautiful wood floors. I found a wood tile that matches so well you can’t even tell the wood changes to tile.
The Dining Room has an amazing marble top and brass leg dining table from Theodore Alexander. I waited Months to get this table and it was worth the wait! I can tell you it’s even more beautiful in person. I mixed Host Chairs in a Thibault print fabric with side chairs in a stripe, the back of the chairs is a solid teal and there is a pattern to the back of the chairs. You can see a hint of the chairs in the Living Room photo. The sideboard from Seleamt Furniture has just the right pop of color with the colored raffia.
I love the breakfast nook. It was so much fun to work with clients that wanted a little color everywhere. The Chandelier is an A-Maz-Ing crock crystal and steel fixture from Low Country Originals. You know the truth is originally I ordered this fixture, two of them actually to go over the bar. But it turned out to be too large for that space and it works perfectly here.
The fixture is beautiful but it’s no lightweight! Here the guys are holding it up for me to determine the height to hang. It takes a village!
The Kitchen is open to the Family Room and has a glass tile backsplash. The counters are leathered quartzite.
I just love the antiqued mirror tiles in the bar.
The Family Room sofa and the chairs were made in indoor-outdoor fabrics. The options are unbelievable these days.
The Master Bedroom is a complete sanctuary! Simply white and blue. I am a huge fan of paint techniques to get a bit more out of paint than straight color on the wall. Here I did stripes in the same color white but in different sheens to create a subtle pattern.
These chairs came all the way from Arizona. The did not start out life looking like this but I had them restyled and reupholstered and they are as good as new. There are dual shades for light control, one is blackout and the other is a white striped shade that filters light but allows you to see out. The chandelier by Barbara Barry for Visual Comfort is just the most beautiful thing and SO much more interesting than a ceiling fan (ugh I hate them and hate that we need them in Florida!)
This photo shows the paint stipe a little better.
Bare bedroom before the “magic” happens!
Her Master Bath is separated from His by a double entry shower. The only thing my clients knew absolutely from the beginning was this was the floor they wanted for the bath. It turned out nicely that they each have their own area with different color vanities but the same floor.
A glass mosaic in the shower.
The floor during installation.
The Guest Bedroom is a simple and tranquil space for guests. Instead of painting the walls a color in this room I went with color on the trim. All of the base, door casing, crown moldings, shutters, and doors are a subtle gray-blue and the walls are white.
Color samples on the wall – a MUST – before committing to a color.
The storm before the calm….just those AV guys getting ready to install the TV.
Who says coastal has to be palm trees and fish? How about birds and seashells instead. To get this Traditional yet Casual look I just mixed it all up and created a coastal look with modern elements. Mahogany furniture mixed with casual cane and a light colored traditional runner on a cream polished marble backdrop.
I can hardly believe how long it’s been since we wrapped this Jupiter Island Renovation project up. The images from the project have been among some of my most well received and it is still one of my favorite projects. Although each project I have worked on is like a child of mine and picking a favorite is difficult, I love all of them, each for different reasons.
Fast forward to today and I am back working on on this house again. This time getting to do what we didn’t do the first time around, the Kitchen and Master Bath. Stay tuned to see how they turn out. Still in the planning phase at the moment, but as per far too often a fast-paced project with a deadline quickly approaching!
If you take a look at the before photo below, you can see a cupid style sconce. Yup – that’s about what the whole place looked like when we started.
The area where the terrace is located is above the backyard up a slight hill. The area that has been cleared and readied for a small seating area to take advantage of the views from above. The platform for the terrace is small, just 13 x 13 and the furniture needs to be weather resistant, lightweight and we are looking to create a fun little spot to hang out. These are a few of the selections I sent for my client to take a look at.
I love the retro vibe of this Design Within Reach Chair. It reminds me of the old strap furniture we had when I was a kid, but with a much cooler look.
I just think of Hawaii when I look at these cool chairs from One Kings Lane. Maybe it’s the fabric, but I can hear Don Ho singing….
Teak and woven resin are a great combo for these loungers from One Kings Lane.
I’ve been working on several new construction projects lately as well as a few remodels. Each new project starts with the same items to select list. Critical for every project is selecting plumbing fixtures. These days most people are looking for freestanding bathtubs for their Master Baths. The choices are unlimited from size to shape to color to the material. Everything you can imagine is available now.