With more and more Millennials reaching the home-buying stage, and a housing market that’s as competitive as ever, people are looking for that “diamond in the rough” type of home that can be fixed up.  By “rough” I mean homes that were built or remodeled in the ’80s and ’90s and seriously ready for a makeover.

Ironically, while fashion treads have placed the crop-top-stretch-pants-oversized-glasses look on a golden pedestal, the floral-valance-with-matching-wallpaper trend of the same era is being kicked to the curb.

Luckily, a lot of these homes have great bones and much of the work is in paint, flooring, lighting, and refinishing.  But, boy what a difference some fresh paint can make.

We recently completed an entire home remodel for a young family.  Check out the B & As.

Master Bedroom: So many things in this before photo made us ask, “Why?”.  Were the green marble columns really necessary?  Did swooping red velvet valences ever look good?

We decided that a stripped down, subtle palette over some rich hardwoods would set the perfect backdrop for some killer custom furniture.

The fireplace is framed out in a tile that resembles ledgestone in its soft range of colors and textures. For a more modern look, we decided to float the fireplace with no hearth underneath.  In this remodel, the fireplace is meant to provide a warm glow, not to act as the focal point of the room.

The subtlety of our palette and finishes allowed for a little bit of sparkle with our lighting choice.  One of the most common issues with ’80s and ’90s style is that there are often competing finishes within a room. In the before photo we’ve got a brass light fixture, black door hardware, and white recessed cans.  Consistency in finishes in so important for creating a cohesive space.  We narrowed it down to black/oil-rubbed bronze finishes for the lighting, fireplace, and door knobs.

 

Here is the room compete with furniture:

 

 

We decided to float the bed and anchor it with two perfectly sized bookcases as a divider between the bedroom and dressing room.  The stepped ceiling and central light fixture make more sense when the bed is placed in line with these features.

 

The fireplace is actually two-sided, with the other side facing the freestanding tub in the master bathroom.  It’s a very sweet, romantic and spa-like touch.

 

 

The living room is often where we spend most of our time.  Creating an inviting space with ample light and seating is our main goal.  Amazingly, we were able to keep the carpet–it’s in great condition–and re-design around it in a way that brings the room together.  We talked about family photos in a previous post; this B & A shot shows off the difference between accessorizing with tons of different colors and textures vs continuity in your accent pieces.

 

The greatest impact in remodeling often comes from the kitchen.  Starting in the ’80s and stretching well into the ’00s, honey-colored cabinets were king.  This trend is finally being squashed out, one overly-colorful kitchen at a time.  The craftsmanship of these cabinets was outstanding, so it seemed like a shame to just rip them out.  Instead, we designed around them–much like the carpet in the living room–and by toning down the countertops, walls, and backsplash, we’ve created a space that is more calming than overwhelming.  Also, again with the valences?  Yikes.

Design Tip:  This backsplash is actually 50% glossy and 50% matte.  This technique creates a look that always gets a second glance.  You can see that something is interesting about the tile, but you can’t quite put your finger on it.  It’s the way light hits the backsplash–especially with hand-crafted tile–that creates just the right amount of gleam.

 

Check out the rest of the house.

In our next blog, we’ll take you into the beautiful bathroom remodel and reveal the spa bathtub of your dreams.

 

Happy Decorating!

 

–Allison