An Entire Floor for Little Boys!!!

Today I worked on the preliminary design for the second floor of an upcoming project.

I can not tell you how excited I am to be part of this remodel!

This home is part of Kalamazoo’s history….and its the cutest 1920’s colonial ever!!

In the best shape too!

The previous owner took great care of this house and now we are going to tweak it a bit for my clients before they move in.Unfortunately, it has to be rewired first due to knob and tube wiring.It’s a total budget killer….and I am not looking forward to the weeks of plaster work that will follow before we can get inside to start the design transformation.

The entire second floor of this colonial belongs to two little boys….are they lucky or what?

Here is what we have in store for them!

First Up….The Play-space they share at the top of the stairs. This is the perfect little space to hang out and play video games or watch TV.I even had a request for a mini-fridge from a four year old!! Too Funny!

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There is a room off to the left of the playroom that is the ultimate boys room. The previous homeowner sold us his two antique brass twin beds from Europe, which are so fabulous!! The room has a built in desk area and small sitting porch, which will make a great place to play toys. We went with a fun “Bug Theme” that can be easily changed as this oldest sibling grows up.

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The other bedroom is a bit smaller for the youngest boy in the family. I think his bed is by far the coolest though….lets hope there is no sibling rivalry over the beds!!!

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Kids spaces are the most fun part of my job for sure!

Stay tuned….next is the first floor and master bath!

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West Gull Lake Client Update

Another client update! If you read back in my blog, I began my work with these clients in their study. It was an absolute blank canvas. We warmed it up and made it a great place to work from home or for the kids to lounge on their lap tops for homework. This family is a family of 5 so every space I design for them has to be casual and kid friendly. This house was very traditional and formal when they moved in. Little by little we have made it a reflection on their tastes and personality. Taking “Traditional” to “Transitional” is the way I like to look at it!

So after the study, the next project was painting almost the entire first floor.

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We went with Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter for all of the common areas,

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while adding a pop of Benjamin Moore Evening Dove to the dining area.

Next on the list was to tackle the focal point of this open space…..the fireplace. Again, another client who hates their fireplace! Actually, all of my clients have fireplace issues! Why do these builders do such crazy things!?!?! The East Side of the State was the “Land of Ugly Kitchens”….maybe the West Side is the “Land of Terrible Fireplaces” !! Check out that pink marble….

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So as you can see, we had some updating to do. This is a young family…..and in all reality, this did not reflect either of this couples personality. They like a more contemporary transitional look….dark grays, rich leather.

First we decided what we wanted to do with the fireplace. We chose a stacked stone and took it all of the way to the ceiling to draw your eye up to the ceiling. This is a tall room and we wanted to accentuate that! We installed the TV over the fireplace to maintain the existing built ins. One of those cabinets housed a tiny TV on a slide out shelf….this family enjoys sports and movies. That little 25″ isn’t going to cut it!

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And those built ins needed to pop more so we decided to paint them a darker color rather than the trim color. We decided on Benjamin Moore Deep Creek 1477.

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The bookshelves and fireplace look amazing now!!! The stone draws your eye directly to this beautiful focal point in the room….and the TV is the envy of all of the dads on Gull Lake ūüėČ Check out that mantle! We ordered that from Antique Beams and Boards in Ohio. What an amazing resource that is!!

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The next step is to furnish this family room with comfortable furniture that can stand up to 3 kids and a dog with out sacrificing aesthetics. We turned to Pottery Barn and ordered the Turner Square Leather Sectional. I have to admit that over the years Pottery Barn has not won me over on their upholstered pieces but, even I have “Sectional Envy”. This sectional has proven to be well worth the price tag and the clients could not be happier. We scattered a mixture of pillows with accents of Navy and Orange….both accent colors the couple agreed upon.

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We ordered the Sweep Armchair from West Elm in a blue chenille tweed fabric. A perfect accent with the sofa for alternate seating. Some accessories, an ottoman, chandelier and a sofa table complete the look of the room. I even bought some books with navy hard covers to draw our accent color into the bookshelves.

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Notice all of the mullions have been removed from the large windows overlooking the lake. This really opened them up more and gave a more contemporary feel. Such a small change can alter the entire look of the space. Why no window treatments you ask?? One of the clients doesn’t love the look of draperies on every window so, we let the view draw your eye without dressing the windows further.

The Family Room is open to the dining room so that was the next space that needed to be addressed.

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The Dining Room before was very formal and the family never felt comfortable¬†in this space. Check out the chandelier….doesn’t scream young family does it?? ¬†This is a family of five and they couldn’t all fit around this round table for holiday dinners let alone family meals.

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First things first….we ordered a table made from reclaimed barn wood. A reclaimed table cant get much more durable for a family with young kiddos. This table was custom made and shipped to the client. We ordered simple linen chairs to complement the colors in the new area rug. The navy accent walls make the navy pop out of the area rug and tie nicely to the navy in the family room.

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A new contemporary chandelier was added….I am in love with it, by the way!!

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What a transformation!

Now, all of the these spaces in this very “Traditional” custom Gull Lake Home have been converted to a more updated ¬†“Transitional” style.

Texas Township Client Update

As I am going through my files, I realized I haven’t posted an update about my clients in Texas Township. This couple, like so many I meet with, moved to the Kalamazoo area from a much more urban area where they had less square footage in their last home. They arrived in the new home and were over whelmed with how to fill the space and make it feel like home. Here are some pictures from last spring when they had just moved in.

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The entire home was painted in very dark chocolate tones, so our first task was to get some painters in there to lighten it up!

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We chose Benjamin Moore 991 Grege Avenue for the Kitchen, Family Room, Foyer and Living room.

Next on to the fun part…furniture!!! We shopped at some local stores and came up with a color scheme for each space.

The Living Room was the first room we purchased furniture for. We used the stone from the fireplace to dictate the jewel tones we would pull as accents into the room.

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We went with a simple gray sofa and fell in love with these chairs!!

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One of the rugs I carry in my exclusive line, tables, lamps and hand picked accessories to bring those built-ins to life! We added pops of navy to coordinate with the eggplant. My client loves jewel tones and I think this was the best way to give her that while keeping it light and casual for this growing family.

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This was the final look this fall….we still have a few outstanding issues like the artwork over the fireplace. My client loves this photographer from New York, so we need to have this specific photo re-framed with a larger frame and mat or enlarged. She hasn’t decided yet.

So next up was the nook table. The light above the table was very small, they needed a new table and a rug to add a pop of color.

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We chose the light fixture no problem but they really went out of their comfort zone on the rug.

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I suggested this rug because it ties the living room and the family colors together….not to mention it hides a multitude of sins in a home with two small kiddos.

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This is what we ended up with and I think it is a huge improvement over what was there initially. I wish I had a photo of the old country oak table and indoor/outdoor rug that was here!

The next space we moved to is the family room. This space needed new furniture as well so we ordered brown leather sectional from my favorite local furniture store, Talsma and some side tables.

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We decided on a Navy and Orange color scheme to bring the navy from the living room.

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When I took these pictures we still had furniture on order. These two light linen chairs will flank the window opposite the sectional and this hammered copper top end table will divide them.

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I also ordered this end table for the end of the sectional, to bring in that rustic wood element that is also in the large round tray on the ottoman.

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I accessorized the book shelves in here too and because this room is more casual, we went with a large round ottomon in a linen to break up the leather.

So what is next? Well, we painted the study, master bedroom and all of the kids rooms but they are all still a work in progress.

The Master is the next main focus. Here is the before….

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We are keeping all of the furniture but have ordered new bedding from Pottery Barn.

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I chose Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue HC-143 and it has hit the walls but I have yet to see the bedding with it.

I cant wait to get some pattern in there!!

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We still need lamps, which I have selected from one of my lines….I am just waiting for the client to tell me her fav.

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So, hopefully in a few weeks we will have some more progress on this projects and I can get more pictures on here! Stay tuned……

Lake Cottage Study Reveal

About a year ago we remodeled our study.

This room is the old master bedroom and actually serves as a pass through to the family room and/or the new master bedroom now.

We spend tons of time in this room.

It  has high ceilings, skylights that fill it with light and the floor to ceiling bookshelves that serve as great storage.

French doors open one side to the family room while another glass door leads to our master.

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When we moved in it really lacked character.

It was painted a icky lavender color and needed to be warmed up for sure.

The old office furniture from our previous home did not work in the space so we sold it before we moved.

We lived in the space a bit to decide what configuration would work for our needs.

Don’t you love the old file cabinet and folding table look with cardboard accessories?

Very Stylish!

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First I shopped for furniture.

I settled on the Pottery Barn Bedford corner desk with file cabinet and small desk to form our custom unit.

The reason I chose this was because I could configure the desk specifically for our needs.

We have had it now almost three years….do I love it? It does serve its purpose very nicely but I am a bit disappointed on how it has held up. We are not very hard on furniture and this desk set shows every ding and scratch, which is a bummer.

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We received the desk and then time went on….other things took priority, like the kitchen remodel. For a good year the space looked like this….

But I had plans!

I wanted to  try Board and Batten on the walls and paint the room Navy.

This is a lake cottage and I want to keep it nautical without making it look cheesy.

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I chose Starless Night by Behr as my wall color.

With such a dark color we knew we needed to add the Board and Batten to lighten up the room.

Unfortunately, the skylights do get covered with snow in the winter which,  can make the room a bit dark.

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So, I researched all sorts of Board and Batten tutorials on the web but, stuck to Thrifty Decor Chick’s advice pretty consistently.

Thank you Thrifty Decor Chick! I absolutely love your blog!

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We bought lots and lots of primed 1×4’s and started constructing a pattern on the wall. The room seemed to come alive with character immediately.

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Then I tackled the huge task of caulking and repainting the built in shelves.

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I could not be happier with the finished product! It’s Nautical with the navy walls and orange accents but could really fit into any space.

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The sisal rug is fluffy enough for us to sit on and play a game. My collection on vintage globes fit in just fine.

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My daughters favorite place to read a book is in the leather chair.

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My husband can be working at the main computer while I work on client projects along side him.

This home office is the busiest room in our house these days and we love to be in it!