In the main living space we removed the honey oak chair rail that cut the height of the room, removed the plantation shutters which completely opening the room to the fantastic view. A typical tan paint color was replaced with a very subtle neutral taupe that also helped bring the view into the room. The client's great light and bright modern furniture also contributed significantly to the open feel of the space.
There were two major elements in this main living space that really hindered the modern feel of the house, and these just had to go. The first was the country-style stair rail and balusters. We needed a modern feel, yet still had to be sure the stair felt as though it belonged in the house. Instead of going super-contemporary with steel and cable, we simplified and squared everything off, with a new newel post, balusters and handrail, all with a sleek feel, yet still warm and in keeping with the tone of the house. The change was quite striking.
And probably the item that screamed 'renovate me' the most, was the retro 70s style stove surrounded by white brick directly next to the staircase. In the center of the space, next to the dining room, living room and kitchen, this desperately needed to be turned into an attractive central feature in the home. So we removed everything and started from scratch creating a modern and inviting fireplace with a bench hearth perfect for perching on a cold night.
It is always so rewarding to see a space completely transform without actually starting from scratch. Now the honey oak floors and stairs tie into the new fireplace mantle, and add to the space, rather than overwhelm the space, giving it that great mid-century warm modern feel. Everything feels open, fresh, and new. Thank you my excellent clients for making this project happen!