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.

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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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Ultimate Guide to Styling Windows

When someone goes to renovate their room, they first look at the paint colors, the furniture pieces, the layout, and so on. This is all well and most people know that the lighting in a room makes a big difference as to how everything looks. This expands beyond the traditional wall lighting and lamps, though. One often-overlooked element of a room is the window treatments. Their material, shape, and function are all important aspects to consider when choosing the perfect one for your room. It’s not ideal to have a budget for the whole room then decide on some standard or ill-fitted window shades that will mess with the whole look of the room. Even if you don’t think it’ll make a difference, trust us, the room will lay much better with appropriate window treatments. Here are some important questions to consider when deciding what type of shade is right for your windows:

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Do you want the shades to make an aesthetic impact or be more functional?

If you have a large room that needs window treatments, then you may want some extra texture to help complement the space. In this case, drapery with swag, or movement, would be suitable. If the window is in a high traffic area like the kitchen or an entryway, shades that stay close to the window and are easy to clean are ideal. Say the window is large, then we like to add horizontal shades that remotely move up and down to add necessary shade and function for the best of both worlds.

Do you have any small kids or pets that risk tearing them up or pulling on them?

If you have any little critters running around, be mindful of the chance curtains could be torn down or shredded. In this case, definitely stick with valences that just add texture or roman shades that adjust while staying off the floor.

Is the surrounding room small or big? What is the proper placement of the hardware?

The curtain rod should be placed above the window casing; to make your walls appear much taller, install the rod right below the ceiling. The curtains should end 1/2″ before reaching the floor. The rod should extend 6-8″ on either side of the window to account for stack back and allow for more light to flood the area. Stack back is the amount of space a curtain takes up when pushed to the sides of the window or door. This overlaps onto the wall and is suitable for large surfaces to help break up rigid lines. Like we said if you’re dealing with a large wall that can easily fit a stack back and shades underneath, go for it!

Did you double-measure the dimensions needed to select the appropriate size?

As an experienced interior design firm that has been around for a while, the worst feeling is going to install something that has the wrong measurements. If you’re DIYing these curtains, google the proper measurements you’ll need when selecting hardware and treatments. And then measure again! Talk to a professional in-store if possible to ensure you are getting the correct system that will fit the window.

 

Our Go-To Window Treatments

Elwin® Roller Shades

Elwin Inc.® manufactures roller shades with aesthetic and current technology in mind, creating the perfect option for many of our design choices. They look great hanging alone and under some beautiful fabrics. They’re remote-controlled, proving to be convenient and provide the best service for our clients. Our go-to option is the alternating horizontal stripes that can be overlapped to allow for more sunlight, or alternated to block more. Here you can see them providing function to beautiful coverings. In the bedroom, it allows for privacy and is also the perfect option to be close to where people eat.

The layered window treatments are romantic and usable.

Clean surfaces and bold prints!

 

Roman Shades and Valences

These window treatments sit at the top of a window to provide aesthetic and/or slight shade. We often prefer these where long fabrics would be ruined or take up too much space. If a client loves a bold print, these are also great options for incorporating them in a non-overwhelming way. The roman shades fit within the window casing while valences add dimension beyond the window, as you can see in the above seating nook picture.

Roman shades with a relaxed bottom.

Roman shades with a plain fold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Leading Edges

Often times to help our clients who want to save money but still wish for unique coverings, we’ll offer custom leading edges. This is when we handpick trim to be applied to run-of-the-mill curtains. We love this option to add spice to a room with subtle texture and color!

Custom edged curtain!

The perfect way to add pattern to whites/neutrals!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Curtains

If the client’s budget allows or we have to due to measurements and spacing, we love installing custom curtains. This allows for a truly one of a kind space. Clients love the catered look and flexibility they have with the color, pattern, and size options. In the space to the right of this picture, we installed “dummy panels” to draw in the large windows and add movement to the room. What you see in the dining area are “relaxed valences.” They are tucked away from the food while adding softness to the monochromatic room.

Take note of the valences and curtains next to each other without being too much.

Relaxed Valences that are up and out of the way.

 

With so many options and things to consider when picking window treatments, we’re sure it can get overwhelming. Hiring a certified interior design expert can help ease this and make sure you’re not wasting money on reorders or end up unsatisfied. Plus, many companies that create custom window treatments require contracts to source their items from. With that in mind, it is often more budget-friendly to consult these jobs with the interior designer that will help create the perfect space for you. A.Clore offers these custom services, anything from picking color schemes to working with construction teams.

 

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