Modern Rustic Dining

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This client was moving from Kansas City to Texas to a new job, new home, new friends and new life.  He decided to leave his dining room furniture in KC for future renters and start afresh.  He had always been drawn toward contemporary, but his new look introduced rustic and natural elements, adding both richness and texture.

The dining room in KC doubled as an office.  The plan for the new home was to create a welcoming space that would be used when entertaining friends.  The unique hand-crafted milpa burl dining table is the room’s focal point.  The accent wall, hand-knotted area rug, bold original art and contemporary accessories complete the space.


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Same Room: New Fabrics

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New fabrics… that’s all.  Remarkably, new soothing tone-on-tone textures was all it took to transform this master bedroom.  Up-to-date, luxurious and calm.  The homeowner claims he sleeps better.

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20’s Tudor Bathroom Makeover

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The goal was to stay true to this 1920’s M-Street Tudor home, yet make this guest bath more fresh and functional.  A new wall-to-wall vanity provides plenty of drawer and countertop space.  Linen “towers” that previously crowded the vanity space were removed.  A new large mirror, canned and sconce lighting and bright white, beveled subway tile installed to the shower ceiling brighten and visually enlarge the space.

Marble black and white octagon dot floors stay true to the home, yet add sophistication replacing a tired ceramic look-alike.  Crystal cabinet knobs also provide a nod to the past.

The dark gray walls contrast nicely with the bright white tile and cabinets.  Polished chrome plumbing fixtures contribute to the fresh, new look.


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Purposeful Staging: Creating Views Inside and Out

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The outside view was a highlight from the start, but there was an opportunity to further capitalize on that view.  Shrubs were trimmed so buyers could not only better see the house from the street but enjoy an unobstructed view of the lake from inside the house.  Window treatments were simplified and walls neutralized so nothing would distract buyers’ attention from the incredible upstairs views of the lake.

Rooms were repurposed.  The guest room which was being used as an extra living space was staged as a bedroom.  The upstairs office furnished with a lone chair was redecorated as an office.  The upstairs living space which was being used as an office was repurposed as an inviting gathering space so all occupants could enjoy the best view of the lake.  With those simple changes the house looked more spacious and buyers would more fully appreciate the prime Eagle Mountain Lake location.

New furniture placement, art, accessories, linens and greenery made the home even more inviting.  Fresh paint and new carpet made the home “new” again.

With seller participation, the home was staged in two days.  The goal was to sell quickly.  Mission accomplished.  The sellers are back in Wheaton, Illinois, close to family, and enjoying the grandchildren.

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BoyS’ Bath

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With an emphasis on the plural.  This bathroom is shared by four boys, so the design needed masculine appeal and an emphasis on usability.

On the usability front:

  • The new vanity is taller and has 6 deep drawers replacing less usable open under-sink space.
  • A walk-in shower with frameless glass replaced an unused tub/shower combination.
  • The shower tile extends to the ceiling and a wainscot of tile was added not only making the room appear bigger, but expanding the splash zone.
  • A shampoo cubby was inserted in the shower wall for easy storage and access to toiletries.
  • Towel hooks were installed which take up less space and are more likely to get used by teenage boys.
  • A large shower head was installed making quick showers more likely.

For visual appeal:

  • Large 12×24 “metalwood” tiles with stacked horizontal bands of narrow glass tile create a clean, masculine look.
  • The head-banger cabinet was removed creating a visually larger space.
  • Frameless shower glass allows full appreciation of the stunning new shower tile.
  • Tone on tone grays create a calm and less busy space.
  • New nickel plumbing fixtures, bathroom accessories and lighting finished off the new look.



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Modern Rustic Master Retreat

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This client was moving from Kansas City to Texas to a new job, new home, new friends and a new life.  He evaluated what to leave behind and what to move to his new home in Roanoke.  Ultimately, he decided to leave nearly all his furnishings in KC for future renters and start afresh.  His new look:  masculine, modern rustic, but with a richness and texture that would be inviting to all.  The project scope was large and the lead time was short.  Nearly all but the finishing touches were complete ahead of the big move.

His bedroom was a priority, so among the first rooms to be finished.  The art piece over the dresser came from the client’s KC home, but everything else in the room was newly selected.  Ahead of the arrival of the new furniture, an accent wall was painted, a new ceiling fan was installed and 4.5″ hidden tilt shutters replaced wood blinds.  Original commissioned art and hand-painted soaps give an extra “wow” factor to the master bath.

With the help of a professional organizer, the room looks today just as it did it in the “after photos”.

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The Power of Paint

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Painting the cabinets and walls and adding on-trend nickel cabinet hardware was enough to transform the look of this client’s kitchen and adjoining nook.

The details:  a gray base coat topped with a very light walnut glaze creates a fresh, cool-colored cabinet finish with depth that still works with the existing warm toned granite and floor.  The deep charcoal finish on the island adds an interesting accent to the kitchen.  The contrast of the medium gray accent wall in the nook accentuates the room’s architecture and draws attention to the high ceiling.

If a comprehensive remodeling project is not feasible, consider the power of paint.

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