Exhausted from making many finish selections to custom build their large suburban residence, the homeowners were never able to find the perfect backsplash tile for their kitchen. Nor were they ever satisfied with the existing drab palette and poor lighting conditions. They needed to update furnishings in a kitchen nook that the architect originally intended for a dining space, but was planned way too small. Also on their punch list was a total refresh of the main floor powder along with new furnishings for the main floor great room, library and dining rooms. ADA compliance became a major design influence to accommodate a young member of the family with special needs.
Incorporation of the homeowner’s unique possessions is always a priority. The clients requested specific items to be reused, including a kitchen table, area rugs, and key family accessories. Other hard-installed materials previously selected during construction had to be respected as well, the most prominent being the rough-hewn limestone fireplace in the great room. Design selections were also made around a field stone fireplace, natural cherry raised panel front cabinets, honey-stained oak hardwood flooring plus 3cm Cambrian Black granite countertops in the kitchen.
As we progressed through our client discovery process It’s You™, we discovered the client’s love of the mountains and outdoors plus their great sense of humor in life. The designers introduced several earthen design elements throughout the home to reinforce a nature theme. A custom commissioned birch tree and apple green ceramic pot contributed color and scale. Draperies with leaf mimicking patterns, lighting adorned with simple branch silhouettes, an abstracted tree patterned wall covering, plus nature-inspired colors and textures were all added to the new plan for this lovely manor.
A secondary design focus was on bringing a sense of warmth and whimsy to reflect the family’s fun personalities. After an in-depth selection process, custom hand-cast ceramic arts & crafts tile accented with richly-colored crushed glass were approved for the kitchen backsplash. The designers also accented with saturated color via art and accessories. Custom hand-blown glass kitchen pendants and accessories add transparent layers of interest. The great room hearth became a central focal point displaying a commissioned abstract painting by a well-known local artist, along with an original sculpture adding to the element of whimsy.
Other style-infusing elements complemented the functional aspects of the home including comfortable new upholstery and an automated theatre for the family great room, a new cozy kitchen nook, a newly-lit family dining area, and an expansive functional kitchen with new barstools, lighting, tile work and more. Careful consideration went into space planning, furniture functionality and finish performance for this family. Extra effort was made to incorporate cleanability and durable performance into the furnishings without affecting the style and comfort of the home.
After living in these gorgeous new interiors for some time, the clients were ready to layer in additional rooms. It was time to update wall finishes, tackle the casual library furniture, elevate the entryway, revitalize the dining room, and furnish and accessorize the upper and lower hallways. The foyer of the home is central to all the living and dining spaces and sightlines here were critical. With the use of a textured wallcovering on a two-story accent wall and a mirror over an existing console, the drama of the foyer was emphasized. The adjacent stained wood laden library received a facelift after the built-ins were painted ivory, countertops were upgraded to 2cm quartz, glass shelves replaced wooden shelves, and lighting was added as accent and task. The furniture package was updated leveraging vibrant textiles for the new custom upholstered furnishings, draperies, pillows, and throws. A patterned broadloom rug brought softness to the room. New lighting, accessories, framed family photos, and an over scale painting finalized the design details to make this a room that functions beautifully.
The clients also enjoyed family gatherings that required a large amount of dining space. They needed a dining room table that could accommodate this need and scale to fit their semi-open dining space. A new solid walnut custom leaf table was designed to fit everyone and was accentuated with sumptuous rolled back upholstered chairs for both comfort and aesthetic appeal. A majestic glass front china cabinet became the new focal point with the client’s new china on display. New original art prints, hand-blown glass plates hung on a wall, and custom window treatments add overall visual interest. The infusion of natural materials and an emphasis on the color aubergine, a client favorite, were incorporated throughout this room. The new dining room received a gorgeous wool area rug and a chandelier over the table that coordinated with the adjacent foyer lighting. Holiday dining for this family will be a treat and this room will be a guaranteed conversation starter.
This family home features numerous hallways that were lacking charm. The hallway adjacent to the dining room was previously under lit and needing some impact. This was achieved via new lighting illuminating an original oil painting of a bold, mountainous landscape. New potted plants to coordinate with the dining room fiddle tree were added in the foyer hall, alongside a new grandfather clock. The upper private hallways received new brightly painted furnishings and styled with playful accessories nestled in with large framed family portraits. The end result was home that is eclectic, warm, whimsical and uniquely the homeowners indeed!