I love it when a client calls and says "we need some updating to our home and we need your help guiding us through the decision making process so we don't make mistakes"
Yes, that's me! They hired me to assist with remodeling their home within the budget they had set aside. I helped them prioritize what was important to do right now and what could wait.
I thought I'd show you how it all turned out. Let's start with the stairs.
To update the stairscase, on a budget, we decided to paint the spindals white and we stained the banister a rich espresso. It transformed it instantly and made their entry so stylish and inviting.
We added a beautiful patterned carpet and that made the staircase the star of the show when you walk in the front door.
Next up is the kitchen which needed a facelift for sure.
We didn't have the budget to do the floors and we figured they can do that at a different time.
The client really wanted new countertops so that was our priority. We selected a neutral countertop and extended the countertop on the island to give her more prepping room.
We added a gray subway tile backsplash and removed the overhead lighting and added recessed lighting. I just love the mercury glass pendants we chose for above the island, it coordinates beautifully with the new flush mount fixture above the sink.
We painted behind some of the open shelving and staged it with some of the items she already had.
Next was the family room.
We painted this entire room to lighten it up and added new carpet. We took down the drapes (they were too short), hung new artwork and added lamps for a touch of color. The client wanted a fresh, clean look so that's what we did for her.
The couch had too many "matchy" pillows.
Ruthie Tip: When you purchase a couch that comes with all the matching pillows, that really cheapens the look. By taking some of the matching pillows out and adding a few throw pillows to break it up, it gives it an instant makeover and looks more collected, rather than cookie cutter matching set.
Next up was the fireplace.
This fireplace brick was really pink and wasn't modern enough for the client. We decided to paint it a gorgeous gray to give it a makeover. It worked and turned out beautiful.
We took out the ugly fan and added a stunning chandelier that makes this fireplace come alive. Paint covers a multitide of sins! The mantel itself was a little small so we added corbels underneath the mantel and that made it look more to scale.
I absolutely love this kind of transformation. The client wanted their home updated so they could enjoy it more. It doesn't always mean you have to gut the entire place. What I love about my job is that I get to give home owners ideas that can update their homes without breaking the bank.
Of course, I have clients that want to gut the entire house and transform it all because they do have the budget to do so and that is awesome! However, I also love to see families update their homes conservatively too. Some people choose to do nothing because they can't afford it. Don't do nothing, any home can be turned into something wonderful with some good ideas and creativity.
I'm off to Highpoint tomorrow to be a part of the Design Bloggers Tour. Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to see behind the scenes. So looking forward to getting to know these fabulous bloggers and seeing all the new trends in design for 2017/2018.
I'm also taking over Interior Design Society's National Instagram account on Friday while I'm at Highpoint. Follow along too for new trends and behind the scenes showroom tours.