Home Interiors Makeovers
Resolving to liven up your living space this New Year? Check out these local projects for inspiration!
Designer: Allison Havill Todd Interiors
Location: Suwanee, South Forsyth County
Before: The terrace-level bathroom was a window-less room with a tricky layout, so Todd worked with Brian Santoro of Santoro Signature Homes to redesign the space.
The Goal: To create a chic, sleek bathroom with contemporary influences to reflect a redesign of the entire terrace level.
After: “The former tub/shower combo was demo’d and Santoro opened up that space to accommodate a large walk-in shower with bench seat. The glass block tiles provide separation between the shower and vanity area as well as privacy without making it feel closed in,” Todd said. A combination of marble, stone tile and slate flooring set the stage for the room’s white, black and gray color palette, and Todd chose a quartz counter and stained the custom-designed vanity to complement it. The wallcovering provides a nice, contemporary accent. “Because of it’s light background and widely spaced, subtle pattern, it gives the illusion of opening up the space and minimizing hard lines and angles,” she added.
Key Elements: “The vessel sink is, of course, the crowning jewel,” Todd said. “And the waterfall faucet is a statement piece.”
Designer: Habachy Designs, Inc.
Location: Johns Creek
Before: The sunroom was closed off from the rest of the house and rarely used by the homeowners.
The Goal: To create a dining/breakfast area with easy access to the kitchen and living room and a great view.
After: “We redesigned the space by first removing the walls between the sunroom, living room and kitchen,” said Michael Habachy. “We maxed out the height of the ceiling and installed larger, more energy-efficient windows for a cleaner, more contemporary look. This really opened up the room to the outdoors, taking advantage of the wonderful, natural view of the forest.”
Key Elements: The addition of beams to the ceiling added interesting architectural detail, and small tiles were replaced with whitewashed, hand-scraped oak flooring. “It makes the room appear larger and gives an organic, warm feel to the space.” Finally, the old ceiling fan was replaced with a sculptural, Fortuny light fixture, and side windows were covered with ivory linen sheers to soften up the room.
Designer: Catherine Gregory Interiors
Before: “The bones of the room were good, however the room lacked character, color and warmth,” Gregory said.
The Goal: To create additional seating, pops of color and an atmosphere that would fit the homeowner’s desire for casual elegance
After: Gregory incorporated multiple seating areas and created a cohesive color palette to energize the space and tie together the colors located throughout the entire first floor of the home.
Key Elements: “The addition of the grand chandelier in the space helped unify the vastness of the room,” Gregory said. Also, the floral fabric used for the drapes added a vibrant and fun feeling.
Designer: Home Expressions Interiors by Laura Bloom
Before: This little girl’s room, decked out in pink and white, was outdated and no longer appropriate for its now-pre-teen occupant.
The Goal: To create a more mature bedroom for the homeowner’s daughter that was still fun and whimsical but sophisticated enough to carry her through her teen years.
After: Bloom replaced white case goods with wood-toned ones and layered colors for more depth, starting with an intense shade of aqua on the walls. She also introduced fresh, organic fabrics to make it feel clean and modern. Since the height of the room inhibited a canopy bed, Bloom evoked the same feel with a custom awning style canopy above the top portion of the bed.
Key Elements: “The structured canopy formed an elaborate focal point that was balanced by more simple and feminine window treatments on either side of the bed,” Bloom said. “These treatments consist of box pleated mini-ruffle valance that mimics the canopy with an under layer of metallic threaded sheers for a youthful and fresh feel … A multicolored shag rug placed on top of exiting broadloom not only added a final layer of color but also helped define the space while instilling some youthful retro-style fun.”
Designer: Lakota Cove
Location: Lake Burton, Ga.
Before: The upstairs master bedroom of an older home featured a fireplace and private bathroom but “lacked passion and the strength of such a large room,” said Lakota Cove owner Linda Magness.
The Goal: To create a private haven for the homeowners and their guests that embraced rustic style
After: “With the backdrop of the lake as our focus, we were able to achieve a vision of nature by working with wood, paint, timbers, logs and color combinations,” Magness said. “The floors were completely sanded and stains were used to coordinate with the handcrafted timber frame furniture. Walls were painted a deep rich royal blue and matched with the English Chestnut stain blends throughout the room. Rugs, lamps, and bedding were chosen to bring fish, bear, and moose accents into the room. Black was used in several elements to add strength and boldness.”
Key Elements: A faux-painted fireplace and remodeled tile hearth and mantel pull all the room’s colors together. Woven wood window treatments allow in light but provide for complete privacy at night.