Magic in the Aiiiirrrr (Part 2)
When this particular client reached out for a consult, I was PUMPED. I knew this house. I knew it well. We had looked at it for our own family when we decided to move back to the city. It just wasn't in the cards for us at that time, and I was sad about it.
Little did I know, I'd still get to be a part of overhauling it into something amazing. The universe works in the coolest of ways. I think this is where I'm supposed to put #grateful or something like that...
The house sits on an amazing corner lot on a quiet little bay, surrounded by homes full of character (and square footage). It has great street presence -- and I'm a sucker for a good Hosta -- AND a double front door. I was sold before I even took a step inside.
This project wasn't a small renovation as far as scope goes -- new flooring, new paint, entirely new kitchen & half bath, expansion of the laundry space, re-finish of the staircase, conversion of a bedroom into a dressing room, en-suite & family bath re-dos.
The Kitchen underwent the largest transformation. We removed the existing cherry cabinets and gold granite (yes, it was gold. For real). We tweaked the layout a little bit and then let Chris Murray Custom Cabinets work his magic.
The kitchen palette was all whites with gold and black accents. The hourglass doors on the dining hutch cabinets, the Kohler apron-front sink, and the brushed gold pulls pushed this beyond just another white kitchen. It's stunning. And so is that dining table.
The only downside to those amazing solid wood entry doors? The only window is a teeny tiny peep hole. There's not a lot of light getting in there. The space was OK. Just OK. The previous homeowners had painted the rock wall already but it was in need of a refresh. The railing was nothing to write home about. Buuuuutttt, there was this really cool retro wainscoting detail that needed to stay. It was too fun.
We painted the rock a brighter shade of white and stripped the stairs back to the original treads. We had custom maple treadcaps made by our friends over at Canadian Oakworks and Matt Gazda did a stellar job installing them. Seems like a pretty easy job until you realize that not ONE of the treads was straight on that stair. You want to talk about getting creative with your stair layout to meet headroom requirements.....Nevertheless, Matt got it done. We had the new rail and treads lacquered black, but kept the risers white for a super sharp contrast. We selected a fun spindle that has a bit of a retro feel to it. This entryway is one of my favourite spaces in the house -- it's so inviting now!
For the rest of the main floor, new paint and flooring were on the agenda. Seems easy enough. Until I got the text that under the ceramic tile was about 2" worth of self leveling cement, and tile mortar. Face palm. We dealt with it, and moved on. The sunken family room turned into an amazing space for cozying up with a glass of wine in front of a fire, and the formal living room is ready for entertaining dinner guests. The half bath got a great wallpaper treatment and it's adjacent laundry space was expanded and freshened up with new cabinets and floor.
Upstairs in this home had 6 great-sized bedrooms. We took the one closest to the Master and turned it into a dressing room completely outfitted with wardrobes and a custom shoe closet. The Master received an update with flooring and paint. The ensuite underwent a bit of a layout change. We ditched the tub and installed a large custom shower. The guys from Collaborative Construction did a lot of work on this renovation -- but they absolutely killed the tiling. It looks incredible. The furniture-style vanity is just the icing on the cake.
It's always SO gratifying (and nerve-wracking) when the renovation is complete, the last styling pieces are placed, and we step back and take it all in. We are so humbled that our clients choose us and trust us to bring their dreams to life. We don't take that trust lightly -- so we're a bit on edge until we get their reactions of their finished space! This was a fun project to style because our clients were away on holidays and we styled the home for them while they were gone. They didn't see any of the in-between, just the finished product upon their return - so fun! We had our friends from Story & Brand with us when we were sourcing & styling, capturing that whole crazy process -- so stay tuned for some footage and clips from that day. It was NO fun at all.
Just like this job -- it's no fun at all.
It's the best. Seriously.
Until the next project, A.