21 March, 2011

In the eye of the beholder

By Lisa Peck, ASID
I walked into this house and thought, "Wow, someone is asking us to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse.  This is a first." It isn't often that I think someone had guts to buy the house they did. I was impressed with this young couples ability to know that the 70's disco era home they had purchased could become the home of their dreams. They had vision and quickly our design team caught the fever for turning this home into a haven for a young family with an appreciation for traditional, european influenced design.
The good bones of the house were a plus but here is a smattering of before pics to give you the idea of where we began.
The powder room was dark and not family friendly.
The cream wrought iron railing looked dated.
Sparkles had been added to the sprayed texture ceiling in the stair.
The effect of the mirror tiles in the upper hall and the traditional brass light fixture was striking a dissonant cord.
The kitchen cabinets looked like part of the original 70's design.
In the family room and awkward soffit created more of the 70's flavor.
Carpet in the dining room combined with the Mardi Gras beads on the light fixture just needed updating.
Tomorrow see more on how we met this challenge and why our clients vision of seeing this as their dream home was right on.

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