Architect Jeff Pelletier was able to utilize more than 60 percent of the original structure for building reuse, including the wood mantel, which adds warmth and character to the overall space. The design takes advantage of the high ceilings with shelves that climb the wall, providing extra storage for back-stock books.
The beautiful brick fireplace was a major focal point in this great room, but it lacked character without a defined mantel. The designers reclaimed a solid piece of red cedar to do the job and also add color and texture to the space.
With the old rundown kitchen gone in the Rao apartment, the Cousins now have the extra room to to turn the back space into a large colorful bedroom. The large bed backboard was an old wooden mantel that was found in the home during construction. The cousins cleaned it up and painted it blue for a bold graphic addition to the room. As seen on HGTV's Cousins On Call.
In the study, the painted mantel blends seamlessly with the navy blue wall behind it. A trio of white sculptures arranged from shortest to tallest decorates one corner, and a vibrant green mirror hangs above.
Pink and neutral, floral toile wallpaper surrounds this shabby chic kitchen boasting an elegant white cooktop mantel. A gold, floral tile backsplash keeps with the floral motif while adding to the formal feel.