Project Spotlight: Open to Traditional

On one of our favorite projects of 2019, we transformed a traditional house design. Through both small impactful additions and large features, the home went from drab to refreshed. The design had to be kid and dog friendly. Throughout our renovation process, we always incorporate existing furniture pieces that are either meaningful to the family or ones that would still work with their vision. As certified aging in place designers, we could also ensure the design would be adaptable for the family for years to come.

Kitchen

Our client got the kitchen made for dreams! We knocked down a large wall that divided the space from the living room. This allowed for the addition of a 14-foot Cambria quartz countertop island. There is lots of additional seating and storage available here, necessary for their family’s needs. The all-white cabinets and subway tile backsplash is a timeless design decision and complimented by updated stainless steel appliances. Perfect for entertaining as well. This large island has a built-in wine cooler. The silver-finish lights above the island are simple for continued open-sightlines and hung in three for a balanced lighting feature.

Living Room

The transformation in the living room was simple but impactful. By changing the layout, there’s more seating and focus on the characteristic, exposed brick fireplace. On the built-ins, we simplified and decluttered the items and painted them a refreshing blue to suggest a coastal cozy feel. Matching the existing coffee table, we added sofa tables, and most significantly, stained the ceiling beams to match. The XL sectional is upholstered with performance fabrics to keep up with the family and pets for years to come.

Dining Room and Foyer

Now to the dining room! We actually switched this space with the original office space to allow for a better flow of the open-concept. Equipped with 10 seating spots, it is perfect for large holiday dinners. The most unique part is the blue and gold peacock wallpaper from York Wallpaper. These modern colors perfectly incorporate the traditional pattern into the formal space. It is simply decorated with some existing gold accents, credenzas, and hemmed ready-made window panels.

The dining room highlights the unique foyer showcasing beautiful sentimental pieces from the client. The table was a dated hutch, so to better fit the space, we took the top off. The plates were sitting on the top, so we hung them to created a masterful artsy use of them. The antique mirror reflects the dining room’s existing chandelier and light to enlarge the space. On the mirror, you can see a posed Anhinga bird, which perfectly matches the peacock theme from the dining room. It also adds the perfect Florida home touch, for these birds are easily seen along Florida’s waterways.

Slim lamps from Uttermost and faux flowers from Stacked and Co. complement the existing pieces to create a unique, modern foyer.

Master Suite

The biggest renovation of this project: a master bedroom and bath addition! This created the perfect getaway space for the parents. The decor was kept simple and colorful for an eccentric, modern feel. In this space, we continued the emerald green color that they loved from the foyer plates! These unique Currey Co. lamps add an elegant touch to the youthful pillows and mirror. For the window curtains, we embellished ready-made panels with decorative trim for an affordable, individualized touch.

These clients wanted the house modern where it mattered; before in the kitchen, now we reveal the updated bathrooms! With continued white cabinetry and silver-finishes, this bathroom will be in style for years to come. Don’t be afraid to mix finishes either, you can see we did that here with the black hardware and silver decor. The continued floral tile wainscoting unifies the walk-in shower area to the free-standing tub. A luxurious water faucet and wine table are placed right next to the tub for those lavish bath-spa evenings.

Flex Room

To better meet the family’s needs, we transformed a guest bedroom into a more flexible space. The closet was gutted and a desktop was added for a special home-office space. The scholarly York wallpaper and storage is perfect for the kid’s future study space. In this room, there’s also an existing daybed for guests.

Before and Afters

Through the before and afters, you can truly appreciate were this house started and ended. With some mindful design decisions like tearing down a wall and switching room purposes, the house was transformed. It is now completely functional for the family and looks brand new, even though we incorporated lots of existing furniture. Remember, paint is the most inexpensive, but significant, change you can make, and don’t shy away from wallpaper because it looks intimidating!

 

A Designer’s Touch

Throughout the house, our main vendors were Uttermost, Currey Company, Hooker Furniture, Surya, and Safavieh. One pro of redoing your house with a certified interior designer’s help is that we can buy these items for lower than what you would find at a showroom. To finish up, our biggest tip is run to a Home Goods near you to add the perfect decor to enhance your personalized style in the space. Check out more beautiful spaces designed by the A.Clore Interiors team on our Houzz page!

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The Often Overlooked: Grout

So you’re doing a kitchen/bath remodel. You’ve thoughtfully selected the cabinets, hardware, countertop, and tile accents. You’ve covered everything, right? Oh but what about that stuff in between the tile? Granted not many people think long and hard about their grout color selection; that’s exactly why we’re writing this post. Grout is often an easy choice, just go with the one that blends best with the tile. It can be that easy, but it can also be so much more than that.

When choosing grout color, there’s many overlooked aspects that come into play. It can really make or break a space, so what are some questions you need to answer before installing? We have them right here to make sure you achieve the mood you’re looking for.

Is your pattern busy or simple?

If you’re looking to really enunciate the pattern of the tile, choosing a darker grout color will achieve this. By distinctly outlining the pattern, it’ll bring interest and carry the eye across the room. Going with a lighter color will tone down the impact of the tile and help it blend into the background of the room. If you’re looking to create a comfortable, peaceful space, this option would be the best to blend all the elements on what seems like a blank canvas.

https://www.decoist.com/2012-11-02/choosing-a-kitchen-backsplash-to-fit-your-design-style/

White grout assures this pattern doesn’t become overwhelming.

Is it in an area with heavy traffic?

Whether it’s going under your toes or above a countertop, if the tile is going to see a lot of action, it’s better to pick a mid-tone to dark grout. In bathrooms and rooms like the foyers with heavy traffic, dirt will be carried and fall into hard to clean crevices. Above sinks and ovens, this will hide stains from splashing grease. Unless you plan on cleaning it often, picking darker colors will save stress and help maintain the cleanliness of your home. If the area doesn’t need constant upkeep, feel free to choose a lighter grout.

https://designthefurniture.com/25-trendy-colorful-and-metallic-grout-ideas

The black grout will hide years of dirt coming through the door

Is the space small or large?

Whether it is a small or big space can effect your choice, too. When dealing with a tighter space, say a half bath, lighter grout will maintain a more airy feel, with room to spare. If you’re looking for at a large room, like a kitchen/dining room, the color of the grout is not as big of a deal. Mid-tones often work well in spaces like this with their busy schedules and expansion, you don’t want the room to feel too busy.

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A clean contrast style complemented by black grout on white tile.

Have you thought about colored grout?

Colored grout is lesser known, but a valid choice depending on the mood you want the room to set. With new ideas being brought in every released collection, options vary from glittered grout to your favorite color. The benefits of picking one of these options is it adds personality to a space or adds color without being too obvious or overwhelming. Going out of your comfort zone in this manner is clever, for you can change the color of grout quite easily, it’ll eventually become one with the space.

https://designthefurniture.com/25-trendy-colorful-and-metallic-grout-ideas

This neon yellow grout choice is very modern.

This year, April 9-12th, we’re attending The Coverings Show in Orlando. At this event all about tile, coverings, and connections, you’ll be able to find the latest products in the market. Keep up on new trends with us and register for the expo for a once in a lifetime experience! Follow their pages for more information, linked below.

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