Wednesday, May 26, 2010

House Tour

As promised in the recent post, Isabella & Max Design Work - Sneak Peek, here is the house tour of a client I recently worked with!

While my work on this home focused on the family room, my first encounter with Kim was when she was looking for inspiration to transform her kitchen and found my blog. With no more than a few random conversations about the design issues in the rooms adjacent to the family room, Kim moved forward with great success and transformed these spaces with a beautifully unique style.


As you'll see in the smaller "before" pictures, the house was washed in golden yellow tones when Kim and her husband purchased the home. One goal of the project was to lighten the spaces and bring in a more sophisticated color scheme. First task, paint all the major areas of the home with SW Amazing Gray.


Then, working with the existing cabinetry, the kitchen was successfully updated and given a big dose of chic. How was this accomplished? The space was opened up to the adjacent nook and family room by removing a column, along with the raised backsplash running along the half wall.

Doing this allowed the countertop to be extended into the nook area at countertop height, creating a breakfast bar. This required replacing the existing countertop and a lighter granite was selected with tones that pick up the tones of the painted cabinetry as well as the new wall color. The tumbled backsplash was also replaced with my favorite Lanka Metro beveled subway tiles, adding timeless character while also lightening the room. New lighting and accessories complete the beautiful picture. Compare the "before" and "after" photos below.





Again, viewing the "before" pictures below you can see how the entire space is affected by the golden wall color, countertops and tile. Changing these surfaces helped to completely transform the space...so never doubt the power of color!



The counter stools, found at CNS Stores, reinforce the new color palette, as does the sunburst mirror found on craigslist.


The Clifton sectional is from Mitchell Gold and the pillows are made from Citrine Imperial Trellis fabric by Kelly Wearstler.


In the above "before" picture you can see how the wide columns feel very heavy in the space, and the furniture layout is crowded, leaving a limited path to move from room to room.


The single narrow column faced with classic millwork is a great improvement. And note the wainscoting. Kim's husband installed this trim in the nook and along the breakfast bar. Its design relates beautifully to the kitchen cabinetry, adding wonderful character while visually joining the kitchen and nook.


Kim has lined the top of the wainscoting with her children's artwork. I am a big fan of decorating with kids creations...and look how they are framed. Wonderful!


The beautifully weathered table is made from reclaimed barn floor wood, with a painted black base.


And I adore these cushions with their oversized trim.


Here is the "before" family room with its fireplace wall, the issue that caused Kim to seek out my help.


We balanced this wall by keeping the fireplace painted the same tone as the kitchen cabinetry while the built-in was reconfigured and then painted the same color as the walls, Amazing Gray. This helps the built-in recede slightly, see below image, allowing the fireplace to become the focal point. The stunning vintage painting of a stork also helps bring the eye to the center of this wall.



The furniture layout was also reworked with the goal of bringing in more seating and improving traffic flow.



As I mentioned in my previous post on this space, it is a room that showcases a successful mix of "High" and "Low".


The rug and mantel urns are from HomeGoods, the pair of deer in the built-in were found at Goodwill and sit next to Jonathan Alder pottery. Many pieces were repurposed, while the splurge item are the Imperial Trellis drapes in Citrine.


The husband's favorite well worn leather chair...


and a simply fabulous mirror.


Next, the dining room at the front of the house. Again, note how the golden yellow walls and ceiling are the dominant feature of the space.



By simply painting the walls a warm chocolate brown and the ceiling white the space is beautifully transformed.


Kim tells me she is trying to get the courage to paint these chairs. I'd say with all the big changes she has made already, what is stopping her from painting a few chairs?!? I'll paint them for her if she doesn't. She feels they match the room too well and I agree. Another color would allow the beautiful table, made from beams taken from an old train station, to stand out and become more of a feature of the room.


Here she had no fear. The shelves are backed with a light blue wrapping paper, picking up on a hint of blue in the rug, which belonged to her husband's father. More "High" and "Low" in this space as well. The drapes are made from fabric found at JoAnn Fabrics for under $10 a yard, the cachepot is from Target and the vases are from West Elm.


The final room in the tour is a mud room, and while this space is still in progress...I would take it in a heartbeat! Look at all this storage and space, a dream...really.


Additional plans include hanging a large cork board over the countertop, with more shelving to hold Kim's ever growing collection of home decor magazines and a chalkboard magnetic wall. Yes, a home is never really done!



I hope you have enjoyed the tour of this beautiful home. Kim has a great eye for detail and a talent for finding special pieces, as well as the ability to see a project through to its completion. After we worked together she told me what an inspiration I had been and how I had helped her to stop doubting her own abilities. So much so that Kim has started taking on clients of her own! But that shouldn't be a surprise after viewing her home.

To learn how you can work with Kim, or to simply tell her how much you love her home, write her at: kbiggsdesign@gmail.com

58 comments :

  1. A very beautiful home and all the new wall colors make such a difference. I love all the kid art. And the mud room - that would be heaven. It all looks so put together. Very well done!

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  2. Beautiful work! You did such a great job with the high/low mix. This is a perfect example of how a simple change in paint color makes a room look completely transformed. Lovely!!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous! The home has such a cohesiveness that just makes you want to run from one room to the next. Love it. Great job, Janel!

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  4. Amazing home, amazing work you did! I too love decorating with children's artwork! I love how she has it displayed on the ledge!

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  5. simply stunning! Love how color can just "make" a room.

    Could I ask what the color is in the mudroom? I am looking for a new cabinet color for my 1802 kitchen like that one.

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  6. Wow, Janell, thanks so much for the tour. I love the wall color changes; it's especially powerful in the dining room. Luscious! Both everything you and Kim did are really a treat. One last thing...is that a wood floor in the mud room? Eye-catching! Thanks again,
    -Michiganhome

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  7. Wow!! I love all the improvements to her home. She really has an eye for things, and you just brought out the best in her. And that mudroom is to die for.

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  8. I just died...


    Give me a minute. I'll be back...

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  9. Great job Janell, thank's for sharing I get inspired. keep the the good design coming!...

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  10. Such a lovely home, fabulous job, I couldn't help notice the art in the dining area, off from the kitchen so sweet.

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  11. Very nice transformation! So many things caught my eye, but I think the biggest and best thing done was removing some of those columns to open up the spaces more.

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  12. janell, what a gorgeous home! --it is totally relaxed and elegant and FUN. i really love the sunburst mirror in the kitchen and the beautiful wainscoting added in the breakfast area.

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  13. Wow, the changes that you made in the kitchen were relatively modest and had such a HUGE impact! I love the color and the mirror, especially. Looks great.

    Kelly

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  14. Great upgrades all around. The kitchen is very open and inviting and the bench looks like a nice and cozy spot to spend time. I really like the final result.

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  15. Wow, the changes are amazing and the results are stunning but what really caught my eye were the 3 pink jackets in the mudroom... does she have triplet girls? If so, I'm sure the mudroom will be the most used space for many years to come:)Great post Janell.

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  16. Wow! I love all of it, but the breakfast area and those brown walls in the dining room have to be my favorite. Great tour.

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  17. Smart, well thought out changes have made this home so much more sophisticated and current. I love that she has used Goodwill and Craig's list to complement other designer features. Its really all about the creativity, isnt it? Thanks for sharing!
    www.divinedistractions.blogspot.com

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  18. Janell-You must know this is coming---what colors are used on the dining room walls and mudroom built ins? LOVE what both of you did to this house--and soooo glad to see the yellow gone! Laurie

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  19. Fabulous!! Love it all especially using the children's artwork around the breakfast table! You both definitely deserve a pat on the back for this one!!

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  20. Wow, this is amazing, the two of you together make for a wonderful team! I love the color on the walls it really adds such a warmth to the home and unites the rooms! OK, going back for my third look :) Looking forward to friday!
    XO
    Kristin

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  21. I could go on and on about this wonderful posting of this home but I think two words pretty much sums it up...simply stunning!!!

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  22. What a beautiful home - I just keep scrolling back and forth - I really love it all. And that mudroom, I think my heart skipped a beat! Thanks for sharing.

    Chelsea

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  23. The decor is absolutely beautiful.
    That said, I'm just a little curious as to whether a structural engineer was consulted before they started ripping columns out from under a cantilevered second floor stair landing.
    That sectional is gorgeous!

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  24. Yes, good question Susan. The husband works in the building industry and the changes were of course structurally sound. Great question though. I'll answer all the other questions when I get back from some meetings!
    Janell

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  25. I'm trying so hard not to hug my computer monitor right now! This redesign is so AMAZING. I mean seriously, I had one thing planned for today, but I decided to just go through my house and remove any and everything that does not give me the feeling that I feel for the tour of this home. it reminds me of when I saw your finished kitchen and family room. What I'm noticing is that if you get what you REALLY want the first time, there is no room for uncertainty in a space. I love both of you guys work and I must say that this is a job well done!

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  26. gorgeous! it's a amazing what paint can do. I love the millwork and the childrens artwork. great job.

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  27. It's just wonderful ! And last night I told Mr. Stitches that grey and brown don't go togeher ! Darn, I hate to be wrong......

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  28. What a fabulous house! The kitchen cabinets, the blue painted back of the china cabinet- it is all so pretty! You did a great job as usual!

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  29. Gorgeous! love how you made the columns in the kitchen more narrow. makes a huge difference. the sectional really maximizes the space as well. lovely work!

    xo,
    cristin

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  30. ok! i am so over the top excited! first, you both did a wonderful job! but i have the same two pillars that i have been wanting to remove for the last year but hubby thinks they hold up the ceiling! i totally what to do the same exact thing in my kitchen! tell me please do i talk to you or kim? i just wanted to ask a couple of questions! thanks so much for your help! yea!!!

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  31. Love this post - this was a great job!!


    XOXO
    Kiki

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  32. What a beautiful home! There are so many details I love, but the fact that she incorporated her childrens' art into the room makes it feel like a home and not just a beautifully designed house.

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  33. That kitchen is to die for! I love the sophisticated color scheme. Thank you for all these inspiring photos!

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  34. Really impressive, Janell! Its amazing what a difference color can make! Looove those splurge window treatments in the living room!

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  35. amazing spaces - she was so kind to share her home!

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  36. Simple changes go such a very long way. What a great post and a great job on a beautiful home.
    Carol@TheDesignPages

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  37. WOW!What a beautiful transformation. I too have the gold/yellow tones in my house. This gives me inspiration to make a change! Thanks!

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  38. Beautiful!! I wish you were in the Boston area. I love your work.

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  39. 5 stars Janell! The home owner has a great taste - and the two of you - a perfect style match!

    I am so proud of you!

    ox, Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  40. Simply gorgeous...and I adore the way the kids art was displayed...best idea I've seen in ages!

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  41. Janell, I first found you on Rate my Space and now I follow your blog. LOVE your work! We are in the process of buying a new home and I know now that if the house has good bones everything else is possible. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  42. Hi Janell-
    Where is the lamp that is hanging in the kitchen from? I love it!!

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  43. This is awesome. Where is the couch from?!

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  44. Here are the answers to all the questions asked in the post:

    Dining Room Paint Color: SW6103 Tea Chest

    Mudroom Trim & Built-in Color: SW7018 Dovetail

    Kitchen Pendant: from www. Alluminaire.com ...great ability to customize shades on this site.

    Mudroom Flooring: It isn't wood but rather a ceramic tile. Cifre_Ceramica/Oxide Cobre in 12x24 tiles.

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  45. The kitchen is amazing. Elegant and warm -love it!
    What is the wall paint color for the kitchen, please?

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  46. Hi Janell, this project you did was fabulous. Any chance you could tell us where the sunburst mirror is from? Gorgeous!!! You are so good!

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  47. Janell,
    thanks for all of your great tips and ideas. my husband and i are trying to pick a light colored granite countertop for cream/white cabinets with wood floors, and we really like the look of this kitchen. do you remember that type of granite it is? we are looking at bianco romano. is this similiar?
    THANKS!!
    amy

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  48. What a very beautiful house. Every about this house is perfect. Simply gorgeous!
    -House and land

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  49. Your house is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing it! You've given me an idea on how I can design our house. My husband and I are planning to visit some furniture, appliance, and floor stores for our house. I hope I can also find beautiful pieces like yours.

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  50. Wow, this really shows the power of choosing the right colors. Based on the before and after photos above, you can see the significant changed done and the improvements made. Great job. Bob@ barn plans

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  51. Beautiful! It's amazing what a difference paint color can make. Do you know where the sectional is from? I'm considering adding one to my living room and love this one!

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  52. I love the mudroom and am in the process of renovated a space in our own home. Could you tell me what color paint she used on the woodwork, bench, etc in the mudroom? Thank you!

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  53. Janelle,

    I keep coming back to this post and notice something new everytime. What a beautiful home!!

    I have a curtain question for you. Did you use a full width of the citrine fabric for the panel on the left side of the window? It seems like a narrow space and like mine in the kitchen and was wondering if you can use less than a width of fabric. Also can you tell me where you purchased the rods. I also have a bay type window and need special rods I guess. Thank you.

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  54. That is the most awesomeness kitchen I have ever seen in my life! How much fun you must have cooking in it. It's feels so fresh and I really like the design! :)

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  55. Superb!! I have already bookmarked your blog!! welder

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