Seriously? A Laundry with No Storage?

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Seriously?  A laundry room with no storage space?  Tide, Bounce, lightbulbs, batteries,  household cleaners, brooms, mops and vacuum cleaners are not decorative items we wish to “display”.

While it’s irritating that new homes for sale tend not to have all the extras seen in the “model home”, the problem is not insurmountable.

After closing, but before this client moved in, Design Perspectives had custom cabinets built to the exact specifications needed to house all the items this client intended to store in this space.  An extra step for my client, but the end result was even better than it might have been.

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The Wisdom of Wood on Stairs

Stairs by definition get a lot of traffic.  So quite often, carpet on the stairs needs cleaning more often, looks matted, and wears differently than the same carpet in adjacent spaces.  That directs us to the “wisdom of wood”.  When both the risers and treads are stained, the staircase will hold up best.  No “shoe scuffs” to clean or repaint on the risers.  Not to mention, it looks fantastic.

These staircase updates included the installation of iron balusters to complete the new look.

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Pool Bath Remodel “Light”

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Light in more ways than one.  “Light” meaning there was a focus on budget.  And “light” meaning the room was “lightened and brightened” with the triple impact of installing frameless shower glass, an oversize standoff mirror and repainting walls and ceiling in brighter colors.  And “light” meaning the installation of a new minimalist bronze and vintage silver over vanity light fixture.  The most expensive modifications were sidestepped:  replacement of the floor and shower tile, vanity, toilet and shower fixtures.  Yet a much more current look was achieved.  Custom art finished off the revitalized masculine space.

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Guest Bath “Keep the Purple Please”

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Paint is easy to change, but my client loved her purple walls.  I might not have suggested purple, but it was her “design criteria”.  As it turned out, the quartzite remnant we found with touches of gold, was the perfect complement.  Since gold and purple are “complimentary colors”, the walls have more punch and the countertops feel rich.  Polished nickel fixtures and the glass mosaic accent in the shower pick up on the warmth of the countertops.

The remodel was “affordable”… floors, cabinet and walls, save some light touch up, stayed in place.  The quartzite remnant made the high-end countertop more affordable.

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Topnotch Nook

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With this client’s recent kitchen remodel, the breakfast bar was lowered, making this knockout nook feel more connected to the new cool kitchen.  Floors were refinished in this connected space and added in the adjoining family room for “seamless flow”.  Wood also replaced carpet on the adjacent back staircase.  A time-stamped cellular shade was removed to offer an unobstructed view of the pool from both kitchen and nook.  Still to come:  a light fixture worthy of this updated space.

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Dental Office Design

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Our design goals:

  1. Create a Waiting Area that is Stunning, Sophisticated, Yet Calming
  2. Establish Flow Throughout the Office
  3. Make Material Selections with Usage, Practicality and Budget in Mind

To accomplish our goals, we started with a beautiful remnant of Taj Mahal quartzite that will serve as the under-lit, drop edge desk in the waiting room and check-out area.  We added texture and a sense of calm using a side-lit oversize 12×36 tile that emulates a wave of water on the accent wall surrounding the reception desk and on a hallway accent wall.  We created additional depth using an espresso wood beam, tile surround and suspended shelving.  Calming neutral paint colors were selected to help put patients at ease.

Practicality was a priority.  Coordinating laminate countertops were selected for the front office and treatment rooms.  A taupe color COREtec 7″ plank flooring was selected to hold up under heavy use in the treatment rooms.  A coordinating textured carpet was selected for the reception area and hallway for sound control.

This office will be so soothing, I may need to consider driving an extra twenty miles to have my teeth cleaned.



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Fireplace Update Adds Drama and Space as a Bonus

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“Ornate and overdone” is not my client’s style, so the fussy fireplace surround and mantel had to go.  Clean-looking 12×24 porcelain tile from floor to ceiling lifts the eye to take in the 14′ ceiling.  By eliminating unnecessary bookcases and clutter, we created space for original art and two additional accent chairs.  The Barbara Barry exposed wood chairs provide important seating space for a large blended family to gather in their favorite room.  Glass sculptural art, crystal and brass candlesticks, a folded brass wall sculpture and a gilded iron twig fireplace screen combine to provide a burst of glam.  The oversize, globe-shaped artisan-sculpted metal pendant light adds to the drama.

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