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Renovation: Window Trims and Flooring

After the drywall went up, I began to work with the finish carpenter on all the beautiful details around the house. Since, the home was built at the turn of the 20th century both Victorian and Craftsman styles influenced the architecture of the period. I knew I wanted to draw on Craftsman construction, while staying true to a more modern vision. The home lacked ornamentation such as intricate carvings or stained glass windows which made transformation to a modern look and feel quite natural.

First, I went hunting for inspiration:

I found this picture of a simple window trim with a bullnose trim in the sill. The following style is what I like best for this house: minimal, modern, slightly craftsman with a little decorative bullnose lip near the sill. Additionally, the door molding was another source of inspiration for the large open doorway between the kitchen and dining rooms.

(photo via Houzz)

Below, these two window encasements also caught my eye for the slight crown molding on the top. I also loved the super tall baseboards in the picture at right. Since, we had 9′-10′ ceilings and above in many rooms of the home, I knew we could add character to the rooms by choosing a taller baseboard.

(photo via Houzz)

After talking to my carpenter and we decided to add a simple decorative crown molding on the larger windows in the main living room. For the rest of the home, we decided to keep the rest of the windows and doors well crafted and refined as in the first photo.

Here are some photos of his amazing work!

The photo at left shows the large and tall doorway from the kitchen the dining room. After finding that the original home had transom windows, we have decided to add a transom to the top of the doorway later in construction to even out the proportions of the frame. Below at right, you can see the large striking living room windows. Here we added a very subtle strip of crown to the top.

One of the challenges of designing and managing a project remotely is that I rely on so many people to take photos for me. Please understand that work is being documented while the home is a total mess and construction zone! To complicate things, I am also not local to help clean up:)

The kitchen window below was reframed about 5′ to the left from the original plan. The window was located inside the guest bath shower and had rotted out completely. We had to the apply for special permission from the Landmarks to move it a few feet into the kitchen. It was totally worth it because now both sides of the kitchen receive ample natural lighting!

Here is a kitchen window over the sink that I truly love.

These are 2 of the 4 large windows that run down the South side of the property.

You will see more dramatically, how the trim work transforms the interior design once we begin painting the walls and trims.

Next week, I plan to catch up on the exterior progress that is happening on the property. To see what the home looked like in the beginning read Renovation Story: Part 1.

Soon to come you will see the gorgeous Scandinavian inspired hand-scraped hardwood flooring in action with the tall 7″ baseboards!

Here is a sneak peak of the coloring. This one is a value for money.

Well, I hope you are all getting ready to see the next phase of renovations complete.

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Have a fantastic week!

 

 

 

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Renovation Story: Drywall

I can’t even describe how exciting it was to see the drywall going up, once the demolition, framing, and repair were complete.

I promise to make this post extra special by including more before and after photos so that you can see the transformation of the space. If you are new to my blog, you can catch up on the rest of the Renovation Story here.

This is a view of the first room of the home, the living room, as it opens up to the kitchen. For the large entryways on either side, I was inspired by a local area homes and the intention to insert a see thru-direct vent gas fireplace in the future.

At the moment, plans to install the gas fireplace are undecided because we were not sure if a future buyer may prefer to use the wall space for a television or artwork.

For us, the transformation from demo through drywall was a real turning point in the design process.

Remember the crowded kitchen corner? Here it is after reframing and drywall. You can see how we actually expanded the space to include the former bathroom and shifted a window over a few feet to provide some natural lighting on the north side of the kitchen.

Later, you will notice the farmhouse sink will be centered on this window.

A large doorway leads from the right hand side of the kitchen to the sitting room.

This additional side room ended up being the largest in the home based on the square footage. I feel that this room could be used in many ways: a home office, dining room, sitting room, den or even additional bedroom.

As you can see we made the decision to line up all the doors on the right hand side of the home. This is consistent with the layout that would be found in a shot gun home of any era.

Drywall installation meant that the real fun as a designer: Floors, Trims, and Material finishes were soon to come.

Also, you may have noticed the beginnings of a lighting plan emerging in the drywall ceiling photos.  Next, I will begin to share the recessed lighting schedule along with the material and trim selections for the home.

If it seems like everything was happening at once, it really was! Just wait until you see the exterior changes that were happening at this time.

 

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Renovation Story: Demolition Part 4

You may be wondering…how all the construction work began and what was left of the house after the demolition?

First of all, we needed to strip everything down to the studs in order to preserve the original historic footprint of the home. We preserved framing and structural supports when the wood was in good condition. We removed everything from drywall to ceilings to sub-flooring.

You may remember that this hallway would be one of the largest changes within the floor plan.

We prepared to move the original bathroom into the hallway to enlarge the kitchen and serve as a guest bath.

Then, we would include a Master Bathroom within the remaining hallway space. Below you can see the new framing for the Master Bathroom and the Guest Bathroom  is framed out directly behind it.

Below is a segment of the original spacious hallway that I shared pictures of last week. The original floor tiles pictured which were in not able to be reused.

Next, a small transitional space leads from the Master Bathroom to the Master Bedroom.

All other areas of the home needed equal reconstruction through demolition. Some were in a state of disrepair!  As I am writing this, I am really appreciating the amount of work my contractor took on! In the front of the house the living room had been used as a bedroom and needed considerable demolition.

The crumbling chimney and fireplace in the living room was a major concern to our HVAC installer. We decided to remove it completely and leave open the option of installing a see-thru direct vent gas fireplace down the road.

Below you can see how the living room walls, chimney and closet have been completely removed and the new framing is in place. I chose to create 6′ wide doorways through to the kitchen on either side of the fireplace wall for an open concept look and feel.

The 2 upstairs bedrooms and the stairway leading to them were stripped down in a similar way.

Next Monday, I will show you where all this demolition leads! With the drywall in place, we can begin to visualize the overall look and design plan.

Have a great week!

Hilary

 

 

 

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Renovation Story Part III: Interior Floorplans

At the time of purchase, I did plenty of internet research about the history of shotgun houses. I want to share what I learned with you. Part of what makes this neighborhood historic was the period these houses were built along with the traditional layouts and floor plans.

A classic shotgun style home would have only 3 rooms: Front Bedroom, Kitchen, and Living Room. Occasionally, the living room would be located at the front of the home.

Historically additions were added as fourth rooms to the side of the home. In this case, our home had both an addition and an upper floor, which offered 2 additional bedrooms.

You may remember from the previous post…this upper addition of a second floor over the back portion of the home is referred to as a “camel back”. So our home has 2 additional bedrooms.

The interior doorways would traditionally all line-up so that a single mythical “shot” could be fired into the front door and exit out the back door…our house was a little more chopped up than this…here is the original floor plan below.

You may notice the tiny bathroom on the North side of the property. This was likely an addition to the home. Although bathrooms did not exist within these homes at the turn of the 20th century, they were added to large hallways as indoor latrines became more commonplace. Not only did we decide to expand the kitchen into the original bathroom, but I designed a Master Bath to occupy the unused space in a large and grandiose hallway.

The hallway was really unique because of it’s high ceilings. There was evidence of really interesting hardwood floor tiles, but they had deteriorated so badly that I felt adding a Master Suite with a bathroom would add the most value to the house for a modern lifestyle. The high ceilings in the Master and Guest Baths also lend some charm to the rooms themselves.

The updated Floor plan below shows how we decided to open up the Living Space and Kitchen. We expanded the kitchen into the small bathroom to provide an open L-shaped work triangle. Next, the guest bath was shifted into a small section of the hallway and we constructed a linen closet at the base of the stairs. From the front of the house to the back we lined up the interior doors, which allowed us to move the exterior side door back into the original placement within the property.

Doing a floor plan remotely is more challenging than you may think. There are additional windows on the South side of the property that I only discovered upon traveling to see the residence early Autumn of 2013.

Here you can see how the crowded kitchen looked before the renovation.

and large hallways…as you can see, the hallway was large enough to be used as a dining room at one point.

Once the demolition began, we had lots of dated wood paneling, ceilings and floors to be removed!

If you missed my first 2 Renovation Story posts…you can begin reading here.

Come back next week, for an updated look at the interior demolition.

 

 

 

 

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Home Decor Spring

In Spring, I love to refresh my living space, start a new workout plan, and definitely begin new projects. It’s part of the New Year’s energy, even if it really began a few months ago;)

Over the weekend, I curated this Modern Baby Treasury to help you find all sorts of cool products for Spring.

Next, I hit the ground running last week with a vow to sew one-pillow-per-day. It was surprisingly fun and a challenge to look around my studio and use fabrics to form a collection of pillows that could be used together.

Green Zag Pillow

Waverly Arts and Crafts Pillow

Here is the Tribal Pillow styled with other new products from my line of Interior Home Decor. These rustic walnut  coat racks are something new that I am creating in custom sizes.

You can see these items and more of my week of pillows in my online shop!

For more pretty gifts for birthdays, baby showers, and your home, the Lovely Clusters catalog is here! I am very proud to be a part of this beautifully curated magazine by Rachel Follett.

There are too many great artisans inside to count!

I am looking for quality Home, Decor, and Travel guest bloggers while I am on a vacation this Spring! Please contact me, if this sparks an idea or you have something to share.

In a few days, I will be posting the results of the Beachy Vintage Bath refresh.

 

 

 

 

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Organic Modern Residence Restyle

Some homes are really fun to work on. Some clients are very cool to work with. This project is both! I love the Spanish style architecture of the Alexander Residence. I found the clean palette of the all white walls enticing.

This project was all about working with the existing pieces that were functioning, then adding a simple modern organic decor elements like the coat rack above and the bench below. We also added the long and narrow denim runner and basket to store additional shoes or bags.

This gorgeous and modern mirror will be hung to the left of the coat rack.

This home is still a work in progress, but I couldn’t resist sharing a few more process pictures. I will have pro capture the true beauty in a few weeks with me.

I’m loving the glow that the x-base chrome lamp gives off in the corner of the living space.

I am proud of the custom walnut sofa wraps that I had made for this project. I have decided to carry them in my shop in a variety of hardwoods! I do think the walnut will be the most popular and love the dark wood with the blue printed pillows that we had custom made.

The blue and white fabric comes all the way from India and was the last on the roll, they are very special to me.

In keeping with the calm blue theme, we decided to paint an accent wall in the kitchen, which faces a mirrored backsplash that we are going to install. I can’t wait to see the pretty blue wall color reflected in the mirrored tiles.

These linen roller shades are a soft and clean touch to the room. I am so pleased with how the cream colored linen looks on the white kitchen walls. The metal and wood stools are a new addition as well. We noticed they are child friendly and do not wobble the way that some tri-pod stools do.

Since, natural wood is one of my favorite elements in design, so I’ve decided to offer this custom coat rack my shop too!  It is available in various lengths and hard woods (walnut is pictured here).

I will try to save the big reveal of this residence for when I have the pro photos and the mirrored backsplash installed.

Hope you all are having a fun and blissful new year!

 

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Home Tour

I have intended to share a glimpse into our own living space since I started PinkPianos in 2009. While many of these walls and backdrops my look familiar, (I have shot many Before and Afters in various rooms of our flat) this is the most complete peak of the space ’til date. One activity that never bores me is restyling the mantle, since out fireplace is decoration only, I always like to dress it up with different accessories. Our friend and photographer, Amelia took all of these pictures on the way to a photo shoot of my client’s space. One thing I noticed when putting together this post is that nearly all of the rooms in our home have original artworks. Part of the reason is because I know plenty of artists and the flip-side is that artwork is an affordable and fun way to customize a living space. The turntables belong to my husband and they have provided endless amounts of musical entertainment and energy. The last room that I will share with you is my studio. Every artist needs a light-filled workspace. Photo ledges are a great way to organize paintings and visual inspiration. I have plans for a large linen tack board in the works over the next few weeks.

Until next time, I’d love to hear what you think about our ephemeral yet, curated place. Feels good to be back after a weekend of celebration!

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