Polishing up those bones took a bit of doing. “We were quite young when we purchased this home, so our renovations have taken place over time,” Olaniyi relates. Gone are the dated tiles and mind-bending wallpapers, replaced by Olaniyi’s unique talent for mixing textures and patterns in the context of whimsical pastel color palettes. Metallics still play a part in the decor, albeit in more contemporary ways, appearing as furnishings and wall art, adding yet more color and texture to the living room.
Cooking is one of the homeowners' favorite shared hobbies, so when they decided to renovate, the kitchen became a priority. Walls were torn down to open up the space to the dining room and living room. Soapstone and marble grace the countertops, two-toned custom cabinetry is installed and Urban Electric pendant lights hang over the expansive island, lending both illumination and style to space.
The vision for the space was to create a livable, functional area for the homeowners. By removing the one wall in the space that used to define the kitchen, the designers were able to open the floor plan up and maximize the square footage and natural lighting. The renovated kitchen now features custom white cabinetry, wood countertops, breakfast bar and teal barstools, staying true to the cottage feel.
The goal for this decorating project was to create a functional and attractive living space for a single lady. The client had just renovated a very small row house by opening the living room and kitchen into one large space. Decorating Den Interiors had 360 total square feet of living, dining and kitchen space and needed to incorporate some existing furniture, both for budgetary and sentimental reasons. The result is a stunning transitional design with a tasteful mix of contemporary lines and classic, traditional pieces.
In this sleek, renovated penthouse, the design team kept intact the living room's intricately carved ceiling beams, which were designed by the home's original architect, Leland Bryant. The beams articulate the cathedral ceiling and draw the eye downward to the living room’s art-lined walls. The space features an original fireplace, as well as a sofa by modern furniture designer Milo Baughman. A pair of velvet and chrome armchairs were designed specifically for the room by architect Tim Barber to add color and anchor the tall space.
As seen on Love It Or List It, Too the room was previously open on the garden facing wall, but had a shoebox for a kitchen and an underused bathroom. Jillian's solution was to blow out the bathroom entirely and insert a 30ft steel beam to support the already vaulted ceiling. With an extra 10 inches of space found in the renovation Jillian's team added a coffered ceiling to delineate the space adding intimacy and definition. The grid prints are of traditional Italian hunting scenes often found in family homes of Italian expats and are a nod to the grid design of the ceiling. A custom sectional was designed so that the homeowners could entertain many guests and take in a football game or two. The wrought iron wall hanging is actually from Egypt, but Jillian felt it gave a country feeling to the home. The components console is custom made. New french doors have been added to the patin entrance and a new gas insert sits on the far wall made of Venetian plaster and box posts, designed to draw the eye upwards into the grand vaulted space.
HGTV's Brother Vs. Brother's Joe turned the entire wall into a built-in entertainment unit with open shelving and TV storage. The judges, however, felt the work looked unfinished. "There's so many things in this house where they didn't do that last five percent of the work, and it makes it feel shoddy," says Drew. The renovated living room also features a green tufted ottoman, coastal inspired decorative coral, and a blue and brown area rug.
For Seana, design isn’t a job, it’s a passion. More importantly it’s a way to express herself in a way where the only meaningful critic is her. “My major focus was giving this newly built house some character and soul,” she says. “It was a new build with no renovations to do, so I focused on the decor.” Her focus started with the home’s gorgeous entryway. The white walls come alive with a series of large-scale paintings purchased from a local Charlotte artist. Meanwhile, elements like the side table, rug and brass vase give the space a warm and grounded feeling.
When the owner of a run-down, century-old row house near D.C.'s Union Market asked Kerra Michele Huerta to help renovate their space, the designer leapt at the chance to get creative. After the construction crew dug out the basement to create a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment with a full kitchen for guests, Huerta stepped into the entryway and used remnants of unsalvageable pine floors to design a "welcome mat" inlay in the new foyer. The coat rack was repurposed too; though it seems right at home next to the bright red art, it's actually comprised of old pipes.
FSU is the second largest employer in Tallahassee, just after the State of Florida. The James D. Westscott is a historic building centrally located on campus that houses chief administrative offices and Ruby Diamond Auditorium. In 1969, much of the interior of the building was destroyed by a fire. Renovations to the interior were completed in 1973 and preserved the historic gothic-style exterior.
HGTV star Leanne Ford created a dining room area with a white stone wall to complement her trademark white on white design next to her open, airy kitchen, as seen on Rock the Block.
When Rehab Addict star, Nicole Curtis, brought the designers an old barn to use in their kitchen renovations, Leanne Ford decided to trim her kitchen window in thick, rustic barn wood. Painted white, the unique trim pairs perfectly with the charming, well-worn look of the rest of the space.
Previously, this pool was tiny and unspectacular and even off center in the yard, so designers renovated the space to create a spacious pool with a radius vanishing edge detail that would flow into a lower trough that was design to resemble a large fountain with scalloped walls that joined the radius vanishing edge detail. Then, designers brought in fire and water bowls to add drama to the space, creating the perfect poolside paradise.
From the moment he stepped into his new home, Mikel liked what he saw and knew what he wanted to do. The designer remembers that the unit had just been renovated and had everything he needed to create the space he wanted. With a fresh clean slate, he set out to create his perfect aesthetic - bringing the look and feel of his favorite Hamptons getaways to his own home. Combining different textures in a soothing, neutral color palette, the living room embodies the warm, rustic feel that the he wanted to come home to every day.
The homeowners did not forget the side yard when they did their renovations. The contemplation pool is lined with cactus plants-a drought resistant plant that will thrive in the hot summer months. The green of the cactus plant gives a pop of color to the grey stone of the house, while the dark gray stones that rest around the cactus plants give the space an elegant look.
Designer Jessica Murphy of Her Cave Atlanta completely renovated the dated fixtures and dark tones in this bathroom, creating a light, airy space with updated features, colors and tiles. Ceramic tile made to look like wood works together with the standalone tub and walls painted in Sherwin-Williams Fleur de Sel to create a contemporary modern look. The centerpiece splurge is the chic Kardiel standalone tub, which Murphy says gives the room a luxury feel.
As seen on Home Town, homeowner Amber Hayes' Laurel, MS existing kitchen was completely outdated with old cabinets, appliances, and wallpaper. Even the natural wall flooring and bead board walls were covered up with by dark tile and paint. After the renovations, Amber Hayes' Laurel, MS kitchen now features a spacious bar opening up to the dining room, new butcher block countertops, a new tile backsplash, and refinished wood floors and beadboard ceilings.
Of course, there are certain limitation to renovating in a big city and/or shared building. Whether it's a condo, loft or town home- parking rules, load-in limitations and noise ordinances will present designers, contractors and delivery people with a few extra challenges during your remodel. It's smart to budget a little extra money and time with this in mind.
Young newlyweds were looking to transform their home into a chic, sophisticated space for both relaxation and entertaining friends and family.
The renovations were all about creating spaces for entertaining. The compartmentalized main living spaces were opened up with the help of a structural engineer. A bearing wall and two outdated columns were replaced by steel beams that fit into the ceiling system above, and the structural work continued all the way down to the footers in the basement. Designer Heather Garrett and her team worked decorative moulding around the new ceiling beams to make it appear as if they were always part of the home.