Casual Dining at Its Best

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What makes for great casual dining?

In this case:

  • Great view of the pool and fairway.
  • Connected to the kitchen.
  • Connected to the family room with a view of the large screen TV.
  • Easy access to the wet bar.
  • A fashion-forward and nearly indestructible zinc table.
  • Stylish, easy clean and comfortable leather chairs.
  • An LED drum light fixture that seconds as “sculptural art”.
  • Durable porcelain tile floors with stain-proof epoxy grout.
  • A touch of softness just added by replacing shutters with a combination of solar shades and no-pleat drapes.

Stunning and practical.   Casual, yet sophisticated.

 

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Staging To Live or Sell: A Problem Space or A Bonus Space?

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Unusual spaces can serve as a detraction or as a bonus when selling a home.  When left empty, buyers may be puzzled as to what to do with the space.  Filled with the wrong thing, the bonus square footage may be perceived as a negative.  Purposing and accessorizing the space, makes the space a plus.

Same principles apply to the home we live in.  We want to make the best use of the space we have.

These niches were purposed, as spaces to exercise, sit, visit, read or relax – turning potentially odd space into inviting and valuable space.  In many cases, adding the right lighting not only brightens, but expands a small space.

When staging to sell, often, my client owns items we are able to pull from overcrowded rooms.  In other cases, a minor investment in rental accessories will pleasantly purpose the space.

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Three Hour “Power Stage”

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This Keller home was listed and the sellers were not getting the offers they anticipated.

A new realtor was engaged and the homeowner, new realtor and Design Perspectives all convened for a three-hour, hands-on “power stage”.

Armed with a staging caddy loaded with the tools of the trade and a van full of accessories from which to choose, we went from room to room and tweaked.  Removed, re-arranged, added here and there to showcase the home and its features in the best possible light.  Within three hours, the lion’s share of the work was complete.  The homeowner was provided a list of assignments which she dutifully completed.

Success:  under contract at 98% of asking price.

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A New Favorite Kitchen

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In 2012 we created my client’s “lifetime favorite kitchen” with beautiful materials, high-end appliances and well-thought-out flow and function.  In 2016, she downsized and her biggest concern was leaving behind her perfect kitchen.

We put our heads together to make the most of her smaller space.  We installed new cabinets to the ceiling to create more storage.  We lit the top row and painted her cabinets white to visually enlarge them.  We lowered her breakfast bar to counter-height to expand working and eating space and open the view between her kitchen and nook.  By squaring off her breakfast bar, we were able to enlarge her island and add a microwave drawer making room for a stunning gas range, a textured stone backsplash from counter to ceiling and a high-function stainless steel vent hood.

A desk awkwardly positioned in a walkway was replaced with a wet-bar in a spot with easy access from the kitchen, family room or casual dining.

New stainless appliances, Libra granite, a contrasting leather-finish island countertop, polished nickel plumbing fixtures and hardware, oversize 12×24 porcelain tile with a complementary textured stone backsplash and a new fandelier all contribute to the room’s on-trend appeal.

My client is happily enjoying her new “all-time favorite” kitchen.

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Efficient and Enticing Home Office

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Our objective was to maximize the visual and working space within the confines of this small room.  The HVAC in the attic was reworked to allow removal of the soffits, raising the ceiling to accommodate an eye-catching row of lit display space.  Two full walls of efficient floor-to-ceiling cabinetry were custom designed to incorporate work space, file space, storage space, hidden pullouts for both a printer and shredder and adjustable shelves for books, collectables and mementos.  The cabinets were painted “Simply White” to visually expand the space and brighten the room.  A quartz countertop provides a durable working surface.  An on-trend fandelier contributes to the room’s comfort.  An indoor outdoor area rug provides texture and practical softness underfoot over newly installed hardwood floors.  Most importantly, an inviting chaise lounge provides the spot to escape when my client needs a break from his paperwork pile.

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Reading Retreat: Capturing All Usable Space

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My client’s new home promised to provide everything that he might have hoped for and more.  An open kitchen, great room, formal and casual dining, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, game room, media room, formal library, office, exercise room and craft space.  What more could one person possibly need?  It wasn’t until it came time to pack his possessions that my client, a voracious reader, realized that his new home did not have easily accessible storage for his precious and enormous book collection.

There was only one “untapped” space:  an unfinished attic accessible only through a tiny door in the back of a long closet.  With no flooring and inconvenient access, the space was not likely to be used at all.

We eliminated the door at the back of the closet and installed more functional shelving. We substituted a full size door accessing the attic from the media room.  The attic space was insulated and finished off with HVAC, carpet, lighting and electrical.  Custom bookcases were designed to provide maximum book storing capacity.

With the addition of his favorite lounge chair, my client now has a private and quiet place to read, meditate and pray.  Although a near afterthought, the room is among my client’s favorite in his new home.

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Bathroom Renewed: We Kept the Cabinets

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We kept the cabinets.  Everything else had to go including the 12×12 white floor tile, the tiled vanity top, the drop-in floral porcelain sink, the framed brass shower enclosure, the 4×4 white shower tile and the time-stamped brass plumbing fixtures.

Fantasy Brown quartzite served as our starting point and inspiration.   That choice led us to a 12×24 limestone look-alike porcelain tile, a stone herringbone accent tile, polished nickel plumbing fixtures, cabinet hardware and lighting and a custom-framed beveled mirror.  A near frameless shower enclosure makes the room look less busy and showcases the statement tile.  All of our selections were coordinated with other material selections throughout the fully remodeled home to create a seamless “flow”.

The cabinets that survived the reinvention received a fresh coat of paint.

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