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Renovation: Finishing Details

Today, I’m sharing all the miscellaneous details and bonus photos of our property renovation on Keats Ave.

There is a bonus room located off the kitchen, that was historically an addition to the property. We found evidence of the addition in the augmented rooflines of the home. I think this room might function as a formal dining room, den, office, extra bedroom or nursery. I wanted to keep the space traditional, neutral, and versatile. For this reason, I chose the color, Silver Plate by Sherwin William, which allows the window trim to contrast beautifully against the walls and ceilings.

In the daylight, I enjoy the combined look of the chocolate malt hardwood floors with the painted gray walls and white trim. We reinstated transom windows above the exterior and interior doors of the property to keep classic details within the property.

We fixed up the stairs by painting the steps espresso and white. The original banister really matched the floors pretty well, so we just kept it the same, which was lucky because they can get pricey. I thought a sisal runner would add texture to the stairs and protect the paint for the time being.

Meanwhile, we painted the upstairs bedrooms in Whisper White by Dunn Edwards. We used nice 5″ architectural baseboards through all the bedrooms of the property. Our carpenter created custom door and window trims ranging from sophisticated to basic. In the bedrooms, we kept trims basic.

We saved money by using closet doors from Habitat for Humanity resale store and economical carpet from Home Depot.

The basic light fixtures and recessed lighting throughout the property are all about creating illumination. You can see how the white walls and open doorways really create an open feeling in the front living space.

Painting the gray door was a finishing touch to the property. I felt it added to the Scandinavian sensibility that I am really drawn to.

You can catch up on the rest, if you missed out on the bathroom and kitchen designs.

As for now, I’m staying busy!  Lulu’s bathroom demolition starts tomorrow and I will keep you looped in via Instagram.


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Crescent Hill Shotgun House Project

Many of you may be wondering what happened to my posts!

You may have asked yourself, “Is she still designing?”…or perhaps, “She ran off to the Netherlands with her husband like she’s always planned,” or “maybe she’s on the banks of the river Seine in a houseboat painting”…you would be partly right, I am still designing… although I did fall off the face of the planet for about one month of negotiating, documenting, and planning this historic home renovation.The fact is, I am still catching up on sleep;)

We are embarking on a grand new project over here at PinkPianos design…and outside of having beaucoup design work in Los Angeles to dive into…I have found a sweet little project in my home town of Louisville, KY.

At the moment, I am preparing architectural plans and drawgins for the City’s approval. As it turns out, the home that we are buying is in a quaint historic neighborhood…meaning there are many charming and quaint guidelines about what can and cannot be built.

Here is how the how the front porch looks now along with a bit of inspiration for how we hope it may look soon.

I hope you will come along for the ride! and share your opinions and insights with me on this renovation.

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