This project kept us busy for a good part of last year, and I’m so happy I’m finally sitting down to share the before and afters. We worked alongside the homeowners to help them pick out a home to purchase that would have good potential for remodelling. We were looking for something dated so that we could work with a blank slate, and design something custom that would fit their aesthetic.
-LIVING ROOM BEFORES-
The existing living room was closed off from the kitchen. The bulkhead above the window made it feel dated, and it was lacking some detail.
When I was working through the details of this design, I wanted it to have a casual coastal feel. I love using all neutrals in a room, but didn’t want it to feel flat. We mixed warm tones, textures and some black to give the space contrast and depth. We also added in a gas fireplace, with a custom mantel to give the room a focal point, and replaced the flooring with an engineered White Oak. The larger baseboards and casing also give the room some more detail. Even though its a small detail, I always find it makes such a difference in a space!
Like the rest of the house, the kitchen was in excellent condition, but was really dated! I wish I could show you more of this space, but it seems we only grabbed this one photo. On the wall opposite this window, there was the wall dividing the space from the living room, and there was a small area for an eat in breakfast table.
After first walking through the house I knew to make maximize on the square footage of the home, and make it more functional we would need to take down the walls dividing the kitchen from the living room and dining room. It is crazy how much of a difference those two walls can make!
We went really classic in the kitchen – light greys and whites, polished nickel hardware, shaker doors – and then added in some pretty details with the bridge faucet, farmhouse sink, and wall sconces over the window.
I love how the backsplash adds some texture and ties into the island colour.
-THE DINING BEFORES-
This is a view of the dining room looking in from the living room, and the door on the right goes into the kitchen. The dining room was a good size, and had a really great window with a view into the backyard. I loved the potential it had, and knew it just needed some details to make it a really pretty space for the client.
We added in a dining bench which allowed us to maximize the size of the kitchen.
I love the mix of whites and warm tones in this nook!
All images by the talented Cameron St.