Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Reno Project Reveal | Living & Dining Room

Here we go everyone! A post LOADED with before & after shots for you today (finally!). I want to start by reminding you of the beginning of the story for the living/dining space (see the original post here) - a large scale room that you see immediately to your right when entering the front door of the home. Here are the 1989 (and basically untouched since then) befores, the real estate photos we viewed when purchasing the home back in May 2015:

Notice the awkward step down in the photo below, and the pony wall separating the two spaces, the big bare-ness of the vaulted ceilings with zip-zero soul or personality. I think that was the point that bothered us the most, this was a large space, with loads of potential but it appeared so bare and boring with a complete lack of architectural detail.

So adding architecture quickly became our main plan and priority for the room! In our last home, we saw that the efforts we put into panelling a few feature walls was a huge appeal, and a major selling feature that we strongly believe got us the most bang for our buck. So first, we quickly got rid of the pony wall to open up the space:

We rebuilt the step going all the way across the room:

The gas fireplace insert was removed. Lucky we pulled it out as we discovered a water leak in desperate need of repair all the way up the old chimney (lots of time & money spent there sadly). We were able to conserve the old mantel with a little bit of tweaking.

Notice how far apart the sconces were on either side of the mantel? It was too widespread for my liking so I had our electrician bring them in closer on either side before we closed everything up with drywall again:

There are so many things you can do with a vaulted ceiling, and I wanted to try something a bit different. After searching for loads of inspiration photos (you can see several including an amazing space by my fav Colleen McGill in my before post), I decided to paint out the ceiling, create a tray ceiling that breaks up the wall with crown, and go heavy on the trim and moulding on the lower portion of the wall - these were just the interior finishings we needed! This was my original moodboard I created:

No. 1 - Metrie French Curves Collection Scene I, 7 1/4" Crown, Panel Mould, and 5 1/2" Baseboard | No. 2 - Crate & Barrel birch logs | No. 3 - Circa Lighting Symmetric Twist sconce | No. 4 - Benjamin Moore's Escarpment for the ceiling| No. 5 - Circa Lighting Classic Ring Chandelier | No. 6 - Lamps Plus Convex mirror

So we had the core of our plan, and we set out to execute it using the French Curves Collection from Metrie. Scene I of this collection suited exactly what I was looking for; neo-traditional style with a perfect mix of ornate and contemporary elements. It paired perfectly with the pieces we chose for our entry way which you can see from the living room and vice versa. We chose a large-scale crown (7 1/4 inch!!) to encircle the entire room and began to panel the lower half with panel moulding. So for dramatic effect, remember it without any trim:

And now that same space, voila! (All 'after' photos were taken by the talented Tracey Ayton Photography unless otherwise noted).

We added a little bit of framing detail above the fireplace similar to what you see in the photo below, I think that is the fun of planning and creating with trim and moulding, you can really let yourself get creative!

Benjamin Moore Escarpment on the ceiling, Chantilly Lace on the panelling, convex mirror from Ballard Designs

The Ikat's Meow pillow in the perfect shades of pink from Plum furniture, lacquered coffee table from Kathy Kuo Home, orchid cache pot from Jill Rosenwald

We decided to leave the fireplace non-functional but pretty for now, and with the sconces and birch logs it feels very prim and proper (antique log-holders were a Craigslist score for $30):

And then the adjacent dining room got the full treatment as well:

You can see more of my $80 Craigslist bamboo dresser makeover with FAT Paint here.

Beach Sunshine print from Artfully Walls, Jean Baptiste Geometric print from Kerrisdale Design Inc

Now I love the view toward the dining room from the living room, I just love the pink on those Ikat pillows:

Floral arrangements by Flowers & Company 

And now that the pony wall is gone, and the millwork is in, I actually don't even mind the step down between the two spaces! It sort of gets highlighted in a special way with the trim:

photo by moi

Thank you so much for taking this crazy reno ride with me! More to come soon, but in the meantime you can hop to my mouldings how-to post, my entry way reveal, main bathroom, and my kitchen reveal in case you missed them. Please leave any questions you have below and I will do my best to answer them :)


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Designer Profile | M and M Interior Design

Chicago-based sisters Leslie Martin and Kim Meardon make up the duo behind M and M Interior Design. I was happy to stumble upon their design work through first seeing this fantastic sitting room nook they created for the Lake Forest Show House (below). I love that they mention on their website that they have 8 children between the two of them, and for that very reason are focused on creating family homes that "look incredible and remain functional." Leslie has a background in design and marketing, while Kim began in real estate and home staging. I love their neo-trad style and was very happy to find additional photos of their contribution to the Lake Forest Show House, which included not only the lovely sitting room, but also the adjacent kitchen and small desk area:

The tortoise shell mirror from John Rosselli Antiques is the stuff that dreams are made of!

I really wish I could see more of this island, I love the wood grain (my guess is walnut?). And lamps in the kitchen are a chic look we are going to see more and more of:

A few other pretty snippets from M and M's instagram account:

This is a dynamic duo you should definitely be paying attention to! To see more from their portfolio, hop here to their site.


Friday, May 12, 2017

5 One Room Challenge Spaces | Spring 2017

I've had a lot of fun scouring the One Room Challenge spaces that have been revealed in the past two days, it's honestly such a huge source of inspiration! Not only the design ideas, but also it's motivating when you watch others complete their to-do-lists, it really has me itching to complete a few more things around my own home and do a bit more spring cleaning while I'm at it. If you are newer to this blog you can check out my past One Room Challenge rooms including my first attempts as a guest participant completing my breakfast nook and nursery, and then as a featured designer complete a master bathroom for a family member.

For the Spring 2017 reveals, I've done a bit of the leg-work for you and rounded up 5 of my favorite spaces (though truthfully I easily could have included WAY more); be sure to visit these links to see the full before & afters! Starting off with one of my favorites to follow in this round, House of Brinson's gorgeously green guest bedroom featuring coveted Gracie wallpaper (above - and seriously, that burled dresser! Gah).

Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators knocked it out of the park with her classic living room, go to her full reveal to see the Metrie trim, built-ins and window bench she created in this stunning space.

The total re-do of this space by Old Home Love really caught my eye because of the painted out trim carried up toward the ceiling. It's so smart to paint out the baseboards and crown; combined with the new drapery, doesn't it make the ceiling height appear so much higher? 

Vanessa Francis of Decor Happy is seriously one of the most savvy ORC'ers out there, she's done so many rooms and kills it every time. This was no exception, I loved seeing how she made maximum use of a small (literally 10' x 7') work space.

I've been a fan of The Pink Pagoda blog for a long time, hop over to see a Chinoiserie heaven combining blue & green perfectly. 

Hope you enjoyed my list, did you follow along with these or any other spaces being transformed? Any other favorites that I missed?

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