Showcase Shower

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My client’s goals were a classy, current and usable bathroom.

We removed their unused tub and created an expansive shower.  The one-two punch of installing tile to the ceiling and using frameless glass dramatically enlarged their visible space.

A stunning remnant of Calacatta Gold marble that was just wide enough for their countertops served as the inspiration for all other material selections.  The tile choice was challenging, only because there were so many good choices.  My client ultimately selected a spectacular Calacatta marble and glass water-jet mosaic for their shower “statement wall” and a Calacatta stone-stud mosaic for their backsplash.

Other highlights and improvements:  eliminating a cramped door to the water closet; new maple cabinets; elegant polished nickel hardware; oversized rectangular sinks, polished nickel plumbing fixtures including a spa-like rain-head and functional removable showerhead on a slide-bar; and dazzling polished nickel and crystal pendant and vanity lighting.

Goals exceeded.

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Zebra Gray Sandstone?

Drop-dead gorgeous PORCELAIN matte tile that mimics the look and feel of Zebra gray sandstone just waiting for the right bathroom remodel to come along.

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A Great, Great Room

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What’s better about this great room?  A lot.

  • The previous owner had furniture blocking the walkway to the master bedroom.
  • The TV cabinet, which we removed, consumed a lot of potential living space.
  • Now there is a furniture grouping that promotes conversation with just one focal point with the TV mounted over the fireplace.
  • Barstools without backs provide seating while opening the view from the great room to the kitchen.

We planned their furniture arrangement shortly after “move-in day” repurposing furniture from their previous home whenever possible.  We decided to re-upholster the two French occasional chairs with a rich chenille leopard print, re-upholster and relocate the other two chairs to their entry and dining room and substitute an inviting upholstered chair and ottoman.  The formal couch needed to go.  The relaxed sofa my client selected will be a “forever sofa”.

A hand-knotted wool rug from Feizy, a commissioned original art piece and carefully selected accessories complete the room.

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A Bathroom Made “Wow”

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Just off the primary living spaces:  living room, dining room, kitchen and den, this bathroom is most certainly the most visible bathroom in my clients’ home.  They decided to make it “wow” and excelled at their objective.  A beautiful onyx vessel sink atop a furniture-like custom cabinet with Taj Mahal quartzite, striking onyx wall sconces, a wall mounted polished nickel faucet, gorgeous porcelain and a glass stacked tile wall all combine to make this a bathroom to be envied.  Enlarging the opening to the shower, using a frameless glass door, removing the overhead vanity light fixture and a taller mirror all combine to make a small space appear bigger and more inviting.

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Resting in Sophisticated Elegance

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I had carried these beautiful embroidered fabrics around for at least a month, knowing they would make a beautiful bed. Got a taker.  And she ran with it in a big way.

This client took advantage of a move to reinvent her master retreat.  With new bedding, upholstery fabric, original art, lamps and accessories, her bed, nightstands and chairs have been reborn.


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The Power of Staging

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This realtor has assisted me with her seller’s stagings before.  What was different this time, was that it was her own home.

We first implemented a “remodel-light” in a hurry and on a budget.  New wide-plank distressed wood floors were installed providing one continuous flooring throughout all the primary living spaces.  Dark kitchen cabinets were painted white.  Carpet was replaced throughout.

Then we rolled up our sleeves and staged placing client owned items strategically and supplementing with fresh art and accessories.

The investment and hard work was well worth the effort.  The home sold quickly and at top dollar.  This realtor is even more passionate about the Power of Staging.

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Current “Country French” Kitchen

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My client was planning a major home update.  A key objective was reinventing her kitchen and opening that space to her great room, informal dining and nook, so that “the cook” would no longer be isolated at gatherings of family and friends.  Her style was “clean and fresh”, but incorporating Country French roots.

Configuration changes:  We removed the wall separating her great room and kitchen.  We squared off her cabinetry creating a direct walking path from her entry to kitchen and from her kitchen to nook with the added bonus of newfound space for a functional center island.  The combination of the new island and new floor-to-ceiling cabinetry compensated for the elimination of her corner pantry.  Opening that corner allowed room for a built-in refrigerator on one wall and a high-end gas range on the other while still creating new and extensive countertop prep space.

Design selections:  our starting point was a hand-painted Portuguese-looking ceramic tile from Walker Zanger which provided the color inspiration for her granite and paint selections.  Her flat panel cabinets, farmhouse sink, hammered wrought iron lighting, bridge faucet and hardware selections all hint at “vintage” while still looking new and fresh.



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