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Showing posts with label hardwood floor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hardwood floor. Show all posts

2/28/14

EASY ELEGANCE

My friend and photographer, Shawna Henrie did a wonderful job photographing one of my projects..
So excited to show you the transformation - 


We actually have several rooms to share, but in the interest of keeping the post
to a reasonable size... I will just show you the entry, formal living room and stairs here...
promise more to come, later!
When Fawn and Carey first purchased this home, it was bland and dated....

11/8/13

FAMILY ROOM REDO

A VERY GOOD THING

Remodeling a 70's style construction to the 21st century is always a very good thing.
Upgrading your home is important.  An updated and well maintained home is money in the bank in the long run.  I finished this project a while ago, but misplaced my before pictures - and didn't want to post without them - the change is amazing.


Before:



AFTER
Nearly done: awaiting draperies and the flat screen t.v. :)

10/18/13

FOR THE LOVE OF KITCHENS

Kitchens are the heart of the home. 
It's where families gather
Even when there is more room in the rest of the house
If you could wave a magic wand to make changes in your kitchen
what would you wish for?

8/8/12

ITS IN THE DETAILS

CREATING CHARACTER
via

I have a fantasy of owning an old farmhouse...
or a chateau in Provence...
or a cottage by the sea...
as long as it was built before 1940
before the millwork and mouldings began to disappear
and the ceilings and walls became non-descript
and the windows lost their charm
and the front of a house became... a garage

4/27/11

A Living Room Redo

BONNIE AND ROB'S NEW LIVING ROOM
(AND DINING ROOM)
I love making a client's vision come true.  In the end, that is (or should be) the goal of any interior

4/9/10

HOME DECOR: BONNIES OLD WORLD KITCHEN REMODEL

THE KITCHEN

Warm Tuscany was the feeling that Bonnie wanted in her home, along with sun-warmed colors and rich wood tones.  Her last update had been in the late 80's and she just wasn't feeling the blue and white anymore.  In fact, she wanted to change just about everything about her entire ground floor.

Her kitchen was dated, with a ceiling hung bank of cabinets and matching peninsula that made it a dark and cramped space. 


(before) Kitchen view with peninsula and bank of hanging cabinets


(before) Kitchen view - dropped ceiling with fluorescent lighting, oak cabinets
The original fluorescent lights were in a 70's style dropped ceiling, and her cabinets were typical oak with a prominent grain. 

(before) Kitchen - sink and window area
(before) Kitchen - fridge and cabinets


Bonnie dreamed of warm hardwood floors and rich wood cabinetry in an open light-filled space with an island.  We made beautiful selections of cabinetry, granite, lighting and appliances and Alex at A Plus Kitchen made it happen.


(after) Kitchen - cove ceiling, can lights and pendants

We removed the peninsula of cabinets and ceiling hung cupboards which opened the kitchen to the rest of the family space.  We added crown and base molding, and raised the ceiling - adding recessed can lighting and speakers for music and media.  The door to the dining room was removed and an arched doorway was created to mirror the existing arch from the entry.


(In progress) - Cabinets in, paint on the walls, granite on countertops

Next came hardwood floors, beautifully crafted custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, a new kitchen sink, brushed nickel faucet, and tumbled travertine back-splash.
(after)  Kitchen sink area with new faucet, granite counter tops, garden bay window

we opted for a painted finish on the island to break up the woodtones. 




The paint (Dunn Edwards 'Golden Gate') added warmth, as did the bronze pendant lighting (Lamps Plus).  Bronze hardware complimented the cabinetry and accessories and new vinyl windows with blinds for light control and custom window treatments finished the picture.


In the breakfast nook, we replaced dated metal and oak railing with custom hardwood, and added cabinets in the bar area to match the kitchen, just a step or two away.

(before)  kitchen eating area
(after)  kitchen eating area with new railing
completed bar area


We added glass cabinets for display and light and chose GE Profile appliances, which gave her a dual range - with gas burners and electric oven.




What a beautiful difference!
(before)

(after)



3/29/10

HOME DECOR: GOING COASTAL

CLOSE YOUR EYES AND THINK OF SEA GLASS

 



OF THE COLORS OF THE OCEAN



OF DRIFTWOOD
OR A SANDY BEACH
OF SUNBLEACHED FABRICS AND TIMEWORN FURNITURE
AND YOU HAVE THE ELEMENTS NEEDED FOR COASTAL DECOR

SO, TODAY I'M INTRODUCING YOU TO A STYLE THAT I LOVE

FOR ME ITS AN EMOTIONAL RESPONSE,
A TUG AT LONG AGO MEMORIES OF BALMY NIGHTS, FRAGRANT BREEZES, AND SAND BETWEEN MY TOES

COASTAL COTTAGE

TAKE A LOOK AND TELL ME IF YOU LOVE IT AS MUCH AS I DO.   I COULD SERIOUSLY CURL UP AND LIVE IN THESE PHOTOS.


Coastal decorating - painted furniture, wooden floors, striped rugs -
(cottage style furnishings by Stanley)
(seriously love the deep teal color)
Coastal decorating takes the indoors out - creating inviting outdoor rooms with an inside feel.
You can enjoy this style even if you don't live on a coast
(coastal living magazine)

More coastal cottage furniture by Stanley
Crisp white kitchens are a mainstay of coastal cottage homes 
I love how the tiles here are the colors of the sea and sand
and I love the timeworn barstools
The bamboo/rattan chairs are a little more traditional in style but the feeling is unmistakenly coastal
My favorite touch is the lanterns - especially the green one ...
Living under the stars - seagrass deep seating, white slipcovers, teak table and painted white fireplace and cabinets - who would want to spend any time indoors??
A green painted buffet adds an inviting punch of color in this beach cottage entry
Notice the beadboard walls and touches of sea glass color in this inviting dining area
I love that Coastal and Cottage styles don't take themselves too seriously.  The furniture here has elements of treasured antiques, but the soft painted finishes and timeworn edges change the overall feel to casual and fun.

More from the Stanley Furniture line - simply adorable pieces


Love the high wainscotting - painted white, of course!
Amazing bed from Tuvalu Home

Dove grey - like driftwood and a cloudy sky - love the casual slipcovers
A soft turquoise dresser makes an impact in an entry

A very beachy floor covering - seagrass is classic and durable
Look at the lamp - I love this clear glass bottle lamp

Here is another, in green
Sea green subway glass tiles form the backsplash in this coastal kitchen

Simple furnishings, timeworn elements, slipcovers and touches of blues and greens are the formula for making this room inviting, fresh and beachy
Seagrass is a durable and virtually waterproof floor covering, perfect for coastal decorating, but also works well with many decorating styles.


It stands to reason that you would find coastal decor in a beach town.   I recently had lunch in Laguna Beach, and prowled around the town a little afterwards...

and came across a wonderful shop in South Laguna on PCH
called Cottage Furnishings
They very kindly allowed me to take a few photos of their treasures to show you
there were sprinklings of coral and shells
these wonderful wide molding frames
I especially loved them in groupings
Cottage furniture
or painted vintage furniture
(if you have the time, you can create your own)
lamps, textiles, shells and shorebirds
glass fishing floats and jade turbo shells
and wonderful stacked glass lamps


I love this piece that says "you have my whole heart for my whole life"

visit them when you get the chance, or visit their website here.

Coastal style can be as casual or serious as you choose.  It can feel like a vacation, or a fresh and inviting home.  It will be beautiful and comfortable as long as you don't take the shell and seaglass theme too far, and keep a nice neutral white palette with just touches of the blues, greens or greys you've seen here. 

I love this look - but I lived in the South Pacific for 6 years.

I'm interested in how you like it. 
Is it a style you would like to try?
In what room would you like to try coastal style?

I'd love to hear what you think