The original Living Room suffered from radiators at either end, but with a new heating & cooling system, we were able to eliminate them - allowing for functional curtain panels to stack on either side of the windows for maximum light during the day, but to provide privacy in the evening.
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The original Living Room had only one entrance, or more than likely had two, with one being closed at some point over the years. By adding a glass French door at the end of the room, we gave the room much needed flow and increased light at the same time.
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The Dining Room stayed pretty much intact, with the exception of removing the chair rail to keep the room from feeling split in two. Grasscloth wallpaper and a sisal cut & bound area rug were used to add texture but not compete with the subtle linen window treatments and chair seats.
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A long and narrow Sun Room also benefited from the removal of a radiator, allowing for a wide enough corridor to move through the room in front of a flat screen TV. Pull up chairs in front of the windows can be used for additional seating and a "super skinny" upholstered ottoman makes for a great foot stool or "kid seating" on occasion.
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Multiple rooms were eliminated in order to create a large Kitchen with a great Island for dining or "hanging out" as meals are prepared. Benjamin Moore's Gray Cashmere was used as the wall color to compliment the Lee Jofa "Bellgravia" squiggle print used for roman shades, along with white painted cabinetry and Absolute Black granite countertops. Stainless steel appliances and industrial light fixtures finish the room.
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The Kitchen pictured from the other direction shows the benefit of opening the wall into the Living Room, not only for the flow, but also to give the sense of an open floor plan with light and great views from one room to another.
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The Master Bedroom became a quiet sanctuary with dove gray carpeting, an upholstered headboard, and watery shell paintings in white frames.
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A closet was eliminated beside the Master Bath, providing additional space for a large shower w/ frameless doors. Closets flanking the windows on the front of the house with built in drawers below the windows, more than make up for the loss of the closet.
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A built-in vanity with a section of drawers and a storage section below the sink provide ample space to store things away and keep them out of site. Carerra marble provides a silvery gray palette to compliment the taupe and French blue fabrics used in the Master Bedroom and Bath.
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Aqua and tangerine brighten a daughter's Bedroom with a tailored tangerine headboard with ivory piping. The fun, youthful fabric combined with bright framed photography make for a great bedroom.
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The Hall Bath was made to feel much larger by using tile only in the tub/shower area and painting the walls in Benjamin Moore's Gray Lake. Again, Carrera marble lightens the space and Kravet's Riad in sea foam make a great roman shade and shower curtain.
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