When the couple first entered the space, it took their breath away. And not in a good way. “Everything looked like 1984,” Gladys recalls. “Wallpaper, kitchen, cabinetry — the basement was completely carpeted [and there were] dropped ceilings.” A desire to renovate all at once led to Gladys and Frank living and sleeping in the upstairs living room for several months as renovations took place everywhere else. Once the moment arrived to design a proper living room, however, Gladys made up for lost time.
Recessed lighting, orange metal drum shade pendant lights and a large window bring warmth and light to this kitchen. Polished granite countertops on the island serve as a durable surface for meal prep.
With merely an inch to spare, this laundry room was re-framed twice to accommodate every inch needed for the washer and dryer to stay slim and compact. With no room for a door, the family decided the gain was well worth the view, and with the mom of the house being a successful home organizer, the bet was safe that it would indeed be gorgeous & organized to look at, even when in full use. The ceiling was raised higher and skylights were added to create maximum use of this space.
The refrigerator was tucked out of view from the living room, and the oven was pushed to the far end to allow as much continuous counter space as possible. A contrasting finish for the island cabinets were chosen to be more furniture-like. New doors lead out to the backyard’s screened-in porch.
This early 1900s American bow front dresser was bought for $125, then updated with two coats of a sprayed white lacquer finish. That not only modernized the dated piece but also helped the bronze hardware stand out. The key to getting a great finish on an old piece is using a sprayer instead of brushes or rollers. Most home improvement stores rent HVLP (high-volume low-pressure) sprayers at a daily rate between $75 and $100. What sets HVLP sprayers apart from others is a fine mist tip, the key to achieving a professional look.
A grand, custom leather sectional defines this family room, emphasizing the beauty of the design. Black linen drapes accented with gold studs drip from the windows and help frame the space. Dark wood floors add richness and depth, while a light-neutral rug brightens up the room and creates a foundation for the room.
Add personality to basic, clear glass votives by cutting paper world maps to size, wrapping them around the exterior and securing them in place with a bead of silicone or spray adhesive. For safety reasons, strictly use battery-operated candles instead of wax ones.
This kitchen was updated with slate blue cabinets, quartzite countertops, leathered black and honed granite island, recessed lighting with exposed beams, as well as a geometric white tile backsplash to provide a contemporary farmhouse feel.
This historic colonial home was spruced up with details that are respectful to the home's heritage while still giving it an updated quality. Inside, the same story is told through a classic, yet modern design that includes an open concept first floor as well as plenty of natural light and functional, stylish spaces.
A mixture of fresh colors, including yellow and various hues of blue, add pops of interest and give this living room an updated feel. The rug softens the space and coordinates with the blue pillows and tray. A console table along the back wall adds dimension and features fresh and modern accessories. A large oil painting highlights the fireplace and accents the high ceilings.