The First Floor Overhaul Revealed


Finally, we are taking a look at this first floor overhaul! Suburban life with a toddler doesn’t have to mean boring design.  When I met with these overwhelmed clients in their kitchen, they had recently moved from a contemporary townhouse in the city to a much larger traditional home in the suburbs. The various decisions about cosmetic changes they had underway were building up and they realized they needed professional help.  Given the tip-top shape of the home, they didn’t want to sink a lot of money into renovations, but didn’t feel the current finishes were “them." Instead we worked to transform what was there to make it their own and give it a more contemporary edge. Both budget and eco-friendly. This included the entry, large eat-in kitchen, the dining room and family room, all adjacent to each other. Here's some details and a few Before/Afters!

For the entry, we had the railings painted black, the walls painted Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, swapped the can light for a fixture, and added the Dash & Albert stair runner.



The dining room became a subtle sentimental homage to family. We displayed the terra cotta tiles they had guests sign in lieu of a guest book at their wedding on gold picture ledges. A family heirloom table is updated with modern chairs and a new chandelier. The blue paint (Benjamin Moore's Gentleman's Gray) is a perfect tie in with the painting, a gift from the client’s sister purchased in Rio.



The kitchen really exemplifies the power of paint, hardware, and lighting since we kept the existing cabinetry and appliances. We also replaced the counters, including an extra thick built-up edge on the island, and added the marble penny tile backsplash.

I had been eyeing these Rejuvenation Haleigh pendants for a looooong time. They were the perfect match here. The island was painted dark gray (Benjamin Moore French Beret), but definitely looks navy in certain light!

Can't get enough of the brass faucet against the marble penny tile + the farm sink!

The clients had the great dining setup, we just added a new light and chose that photo by Maria Svarbova, which I wanted to take home with me! You can see the family gallery wall we laid out in the family room in the background.

I had to do a little prodding to get the clients to agree to the backsplash on this desk area as well. Everyone is glad it's there now!



The client hated the existing fireplace tile in the family room. By painting the fireplace wall as well as the back of the existing built-in shelving a contrasting color, it made the tile a feature. We reused French Beret here to tie back into the kitchen. The rest of the walls, including the kitchen, are painted Silver Chain. 

The addition of the colorful nuLoom rug really adds the pop of color and pattern amid the massive gray sofa. And the indoor/outdoor marble penny tile table is another nod to the adjacent kitchen and the round edges and outdoor power hold up to toddler abuse.

We had so much fun working on this project. It is truly our passion to help clients work with what they've got when the bones are good! This is a great example of one of those projects. Cheers to colorful living!

Interior Design & Styling by Unpatterned

Photography: Mike Kaskel