Everyone Could Use a Little Freshening Up Every Now and Then

A few months ago we met a client who was ready to brighten and freshen up her space. They had built the home about 8 years ago and she just wasn't loving it anymore. Her taste and style had evolved and her space was feeling a bit dark and heavy. She really wanted to start over a build a home the fit her tastes today but they loved their neighborhood so moving was out of the question. It was a pleasure to help her love her home again.

We started out by banishing the beige, brown, gold, and red and saying "hello gorgeous cream and gray". It's amazing what new paint and light fixtures alone did to the space. Although the home was getting a pretty major facelift there were several items that would need to stay (hardwood floors, stain grade moulding, wrought iron railing, and exterior) so it was important that the updates mix well with those and feel as though they belong. We helped in several areas of the home but today we want to share our plan for the entry, music room, and office with you.

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Her entry is a little tricky because it's full of doors and doesn't have one full wall (the only wall space is only about 5' tall and open to the stairs above). We really wanted to entry to set the tone for the rest of the space though. We went with a similar layout but opened it up a bit by selecting items that are less heavy. A key theme throughout this project was simplify. We wanted to fill and accessorize the space so it felt finished while still leaving room for mementos purchased while traveling and avoiding too much clutter.

Here is what we came up with for the entry:

When using a simple color palette of cream and gray texture is key. Without a lot of texture the space can feel flat and boring. The charcoal herringbone rug and giant basket bring in that much needed texture and have an inviting vibe. Since the wall above the console ends at 5' hanging art feels a bit odd. We opted for leaning a simple mirror and layering that with a framed geode. To finish off this space we added a splash of gold in the lamp.

Right off the entry is the music room. Here is the space before:

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Just like the rest of the home the theme here was freshen up and simplify. Since everywhere else was going cream we decided this space could go a bit more dramatic with charcoal walls and a cream grasscloth ceiling with a hint of sparkle. The chairs have great lines so they get to stay but are getting a new cream outfit with charcoal pin stripes.

Here's the plan for this space:

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This room is the one room in the house we wanted to go a bit more fancy and funky in. We added a bit of glamour with an oversized floor mirror, polished nickel drum shade pendant, and a fabulous cream cowhide with flecks of silver throughout.

A scheme of gray, cream, and silver can feel a bit cold but the existing hardwood and stained baseboards warms it up a bit and keeps it from feeling icy.

Directly across from the music room is the office. I didn't get a good before picture but it was a basic home office with an ornate executive desk with a cabinet behind. The goal was to turn this into a more functional office that the whole family can use.

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We used a dining table rather than a typical desk so the kids could spread out homework or have a place to work on projects. The dark stained chunky wood balances the giant built in and again ties into the home's existing elements that weren't changing. Since everything in this space is a hard surface we added a little softness with white slipcovered chairs.

If you follow us on instagram (if you don't you should ;) ) You've seen this progress snapshot of the space.


At the time we were debating on the color of the built in. We kept going back and forth on keeping it cream with charcoal on the back or painting the whole thing a medium tone warm gray.

Here's what we went with (notice the V-groove ceiling and beam we added. Once the room when all cream it felt a little flat. A little texture on the ceiling made a huge difference):

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We are loving the contrast and the gray ties in nicely with the gray music room.

We are working on finishing touches and waiting on some backordered pieces. Once we wrap up the details we will share some finished photos of the spaces. Check back soon to see our plan for simplifying and freshening up the rest of the home.

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