This was a wonderful two-phase project that began when these clients decided they wanted to remodel their kitchen. This east-coast family had been living with builder-grade finishes that were dark and “Tuscan-Inspired” and were ready to have an updated kitchen that reflected their New Hampshire roots. Amy Tausk of Swoon Interiors and Stephanie Frees of Plain & Posh (previously featured here) worked together to design all new custom cabinetry that is more functional and beautiful.
Take notes on all details shared by the designers. I am sure this home renovation will give you many ideas for your own renovations this year!
Photography by Picture Perfect House.
2019 Home Renovation Ideas
The kitchen felt dark and outdated before Amy and Stephanie worked their “magic” in this space!
Kitchen Renovation: The designers revamped the kitchen into a clean, white and fresh space – but with a warm and cozy vibe like the rest of their house. Quartz countertops, clean-lined white cabinetry, a farmhouse sink, reclaimed wood and handcrafted subway tile laid in a herringbone pattern really transformed the space.
Counter stools – Spin Swivel Backless Counter stool from Crate & Barrel – Other Beautiful Counterstools: here, here, here & here.
Shiplap: Reclaimed wood shiplap on the island really added warmth and the rustic vibe the designers were looking for.
Kitchen cabinets are from the Plain & Posh custom collection and are a non-beaded inset.
The range is by Viking.
Flooring: Solid hardwood flooring – similar here.
Kitchen Island Design: Keeping the island a square size made the best spatial sense in this room – and lent itself to using one larger chandelier instead of two pendants. Amy decided to make that the main light feature in the room and just reconfigure the can lighting around the rest of the space.
The light fixture is by Currey & Company the Simpatico Small Orb Chandelier.
Kitchen Island Dimensions – The island is 56” square
The sink is the Kohler Whitehaven apron front in their sea salt finish.
Faucets is by Kohler, Artifacts.
Countertops are Caesarstone London Grey.
Cabinet Paint Color
Kitchen cabinets and trim are Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17.
Window Treatment – Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Roller Lite Rise and Skyline Panels.
Their clients also wanted a cozy spot for their family to gather – in the mornings with coffee or for dinnertime conversation. The slip-covered chairs and weathered-wood table are now a favorite spot in the house. Even on a cloudy day, it feels bright and cheerful … truly the heart of the home for this wonderful family.
Previously the corner of the kitchen housed a tiny desk and became a catchall for a little bit of everything. They knew they could turn it into a much more usable and beautiful space. Now it is an entertaining-workhorse – with antique-mirrored upper cabinetry and a beverage refrigerator and wine rack below.
Fast-forward a couple years and this family knew it was time to transform a few other rooms in their home into the fresh clean look we had given them in their kitchen. On the list, the Master Bathroom, Laundry Room and first floor Powder Room.
“Good things come in small packages! The jumping off point for this room was this fantastic watercolor-inspired wallpaper. We matched the color on the custom-built vanity and added shiplap to the back wall. A favorite library sconce, fun crystal knobs and this gorgeous wall-mount faucet are other details we love. Once again, we warmed up the space with a touch of natural wood, in the form of this wood-framed mirror that ties in with the existing wood floors. Finally, it’s hard to see in photos, but the quartz countertop has a lovely textured, “leathered” finish.”
The Shiplap behind the sink area is painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17.
The faucet is from Newport Brass and is the Fairfield wall Mounted faucet (3-947).
Artwork: One Kings Lane.
Vanity was custom Built by the Plain & Posh collection and painted Benjamin Moore – Affinity collection Blue Echo 505.
Master Bathroom “Before”
“The builder of this home was obviously of a “More is More!” mindset … more arches, more walls, more steps – all if it making what is not a huge space to begin with feel even more cramped and choppy. While the colors were neutral, they still felt dark and dingy.”
Master Bathroom “After”
“We wanted to make the room feel light, bright and luxurious. Now, it is the exact same square footage as before but it feels huge!”
“Even with all of the lights off – it is so bright and cheery. And check out the ceiling! With all of the arches gone, Stephanie was able to see what it could become! She created this unique hexagon shape which inspired the rest of the room layout. The gorgeous wood bead chandelier looks stunning in the space.”
“One of our preferences when doing bright white spaces is to bring in a warm element. We could have easily done a light floor – white or gray marble, and it would have been beautiful, but maybe a little cold – and certainly not as cozy feeling. Amy approached our client about doing a wood-look tile in a herringbone pattern for the floors – (especially since the adjoining bedroom is carpeted … we wouldn’t be competing with more wood), she wasn’t sure if she would be on board. Thankfully, she loved the idea of giving the room a slightly more rustic, farmhouse element.”
“What used to be one straight vanity and a big empty wall … … is now a beautifully designed double vanity that wraps the corner with mirrors and provides and extra spot with seating for putting on makeup.”
The two small drawer fronts under the makeup area mirror are actually doors that swing open to hidden outlets. Genius!
Vanity Stool – Pottery Barn
“And … just the right quartz counter tops are still a win-win in our book, for both their beauty and durability. This one has such great movement and even some soft brown tones that tie in with the flooring.”
Bathroom cabinetry is by the Plain & Posh custom collection. Timeless design!
Cabinet Paint Color
Cabinet paint color Benjamin Moore Classic Gray 1548.
Artwork from Minted.
“Amy had been dying to find just the right project in which to use these vertical double light sconces, and I knew this was the one. As big as they are, they don’t take up much visual space when mounted to the mirror, yet they still make such a statement in the room.”
Faucet & Sink
Bathroom faucets are Rohl, Palladian collection.
Sinks are Kohler Caxton Rectangle (K-20000-0) in White.
Tub Filler: Rohl.
Wooden Stool – Dip Dyed Stool from Serena & Lily.
The entrance to the shower is now on an angle.
A large window was added facing the tub to allow you to see through to the gorgeous mosaic tile on the back wall.
A high window was added inside of the shower to bring in light. The water closet (with cabinets for extra storage!) is located on the left.
In addition to the sparkle the mosaics add, we dressed up a classic white subway tile with beautiful marble hex tile on the shower floor, gleaming polished nickel fixtures and a stunning lucite door handle.
All of the plumbing fixtures are from Rohl Palladian collection.
Accent Tile: Calacatta Gold Polished Interlocking Mosaic Accent Tile – similar here.
Laundry Room “Before”
Next – the laundry room. Like most builder-grade laundry rooms, this one was functional with no style. And … it was not even functioning to its full potential. The entire right wall was left blank … our clients put in their own table as a makeshift folding area.
Laundry Room “After”
“The cabinets were painted this lovely custom shade and given new doors and hardware. And in a room like a laundry room, why not go fun and bold with the flooring? We selected this tile that mimics the look of more expensive cement tiles.”
Tile is from Home Depot and is the Merola Tile and is the Arte Grey encaustic porcelain– similar here.
A new sink, countertop and faucet updated the old utility sink.
The cabinetry is Plain & Posh collection. Stephanie, was extremely kind and called the cabinet maker to get the cabinet color just for you! The cabinet color is Slate Tile by Sherwin Williams SW 7624.
Laundry sink is from Sterling the Latitude 995-0.
Washer & Dryer: LG.
Cabinet Countertop & Hardware
“Of course, we had to add some warm wood tones too, which we did with a custom built wood countertop over the washer and dryer.”
The counter top on the washer and dryer are a wood top in a custom stain.
Hardware is by Atlas and is the Bradbury pull in their black finish.
Dream Laundry Room
“And on the other side of the room … brand new cabinetry was added, along with a true designated area for folding laundry and wall-mounted drying racks.”
“But that’s not all … previously this corner behind the door was just a place for piling up all of the tall household items that wouldn’t fit elsewhere. Now, this “bottom-less” cabinet is the perfect place to hold a clothes steamer or vacuum that you can simply roll right out and use when needed.”
Folding Area Countertop
The folding area counter top is Caeserstone Pebble (4030) in a honed finish.
Aren’t these designers just amazing? Besides being very talented (yes, you should hire them! ), they were kind enough to share all details, so you can not only feel inspired but also, guided.
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