Befores and Afters – A Few Fun Room Transformations
We’re in the midst of a mini website refresh and as such, I’ve been sifting through our project photos. Every project we take on begins with extensive measuring and photographing of the original space, which can make for some pretty fantastic transformations once everything has been installed. Without further ado, here are a few recent favorites. Click on the pics for full-size images.
Completed a week ago, this cozy family room underwent a major overhaul without a major renovation. The walls are now clad in a deep eggplant from Farrow & Ball and we spruced up the existing aqua velvet Chesterfield with a host of colorful custom throw pillows. The rug was swapped out with a richly saturated overdyed Persian, we added a new loveseat in a John Robshaw print and custom upholstered a sloped-arm chair in a beautiful print from Osborne & Little. Pinch-pleated drapes add a little tailoring while fun citron-colored accessories add a shot of sunshine. One of our favorite rooms to-date.
This room we redid from tip to tail. The “before” is actually a listing photo when the house was first purchased; since this lovely couple wanted to start fresh, the room was just a big blank slate! A beautiful historic home with fantastic bones, we wanted to accentuate the high ceilings and incredible windows, which we accomplished by framing them in dramatic marine-blue draperies. We kept the walls white – Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster – which served to highlight the color-fest we had with the soft furnishings. You can’t see it from this photo, but the ceiling had beautiful beams and millwork, which we emphasized by painting in Farrow & Ball’s Dimity – a glowing, warm neutral that picked up the pops of raspberry throughout the room.
This sweet young couple had a new baby, a new house and not enough furniture to fill their living room. We swept in and added more than a few layers to make this family home feel a little friendlier…and a lot more grown-up.
Our Fairfield client had such incredible taste that we used many of her own pieces in our room refresh. This space is a great example of how a little rearranging and a lot of layers – can make all the difference. Sure, we added an additional sofa and swapped out the cocktail table, but it was the new rug, hair-on-hide mirror, piles of custom pillows, quirky accessories, and little custom details – like a pair of gathered lampshades – that really transformed this formal living room.
The “before” photo shows the entry right after we had it papered in Galbraith & Paul’s “Little Lotus.” We then layered in loads of texture and texture – how about that custom grasscloth console? – as well as a gorgeous oversized lamp from Bunny Williams. She wanted a fun foyer; we gave her a riot.
This boys’ hall bath saw a major facelift, though we kept the original campaign-style double vanity. A fresh coat of paint – Benjamin Moore’s Washington Blue – made it wholly unrecognizable, while encaustic cement floor tile from Ann Sacks replaced the mauve penny rounds. Pink laminate countertops were replaced with Joia Carrara and all the honey-blonde wood? Sayonara. We tried to reuse the brass faucets since they had near perfect patina, but demo was a little rougher than expected so they ended up having to be replaced.
More honey wood…and it just had to go…as did the wall and cabinetry that closed off the kitchen from what is now the family room. I thinned out the island in order to add a built-in banquette and a custom live-edge table for in-kitchen eating; I layered in some navy grasscloth and my all-time favorite handpainted tile from Walker Zanger; then I swapped out the floor tile for hardwoods to add warmth. Lighting is always the cherry on top so I souped up the island with a trio of gold pendants from Currey & Co. THIS is a kitchen worth cooking in – or at least for heating up takeout.
We’re slowly chipping away at every room in this Chappaqua house. The family room was one of the first places we made our mark and we filled it with fun, colorful pieces that make this THE place to hangout as a family of five. Also…patterns hide messes.