In each space the changes were 95% cosmetic. I scraped all of the ceilings, had them re-skimmed, painted everything, and upgraded all flooring and trim (with the exception of the beams). The loft above is actually the master bedroom and I didn’t mind the open-ness but I hated the railing and wanted a way to modernize the space as well as control airflow. Glass seemed like a no brainer, so I knocked out the railings and had glass cut to fit the spaces within the existing molding. **Installing the custom glass inserts was one of the portions that was beyond my pay-grade. 🙂
^^ Notice the heinous carpet wrapped stairs. I would have refinished these treads but they were super nasty from being unprotected during the initial construction. I purchased new wood, and finished them to match the hardwood flooring. As a photographer, I very much appreciate light, especially when it comes to the space I live in. It would seem contradictory to add so much dark, but what can I say, I’m a contrast junkie. 😛
Why yes, I walked that plank to paint the higher portion of that wall above the stairs. It was more precarious than it looks, but I kind of enjoyed the thrill of potentially plummeting to my death… kidding. kind of. (this photo taken from inside the loft above)
The yellow dining set is one I purchased on Craiglist for college. It was $99 for the table and chairs plus the buffet (that I have yet to paint). For a 1949 solid wood set, I can’t complain! A few coats of white enamel and now it’s nice and crisp!
This is where the light and white come in. 🙂
Two things I find difficult to bargain shop for: lighting and faucets.
(also an example of me being stupid and shooting with the lights off?)
^notice the shrine on the right. Did you really think my home wouldn’t have a coffee station? 😛 The only thing I collect as I travel are the matching geometric Starbucks mugs. I love that they coordinate and create a bold functional art installation!
^ that one time, when the fridge didn’t fit in the fridge hole, and I wasn’t replacing the cabinets, so I had to have someone come in and trim the cabinet… You know that thing about measuring like 5 times? They’re serious.
The kitchen was my favorite. Obviously kitchens are where there are the most design choices, but I’m also pretty pumped about the cost effectiveness of some of the materials, and I didn’t let the glass mosaic + wet saw with tiny cuts scare me away.
So the countertops: they’re not solid surface. In fact the granite sink cost me more than the counters. I found a laminate product that uses HD pictures of actual natural stone and prints the image life size. They speak my language. Combine that with not having them manufactured with special edges, and voila! a beautiful solution for a fraction of the cost. This pattern is the Calcutta Marble. I of course wanted the real deal but you know, there’s that thing called ROI. 😉
I loved styling the kitchen. I knew I wanted everything to be purposeful and make a statement– in high-contrast, of course.
There’s a little baby water closet right off the front door, next to the staircase. Popped a dream catcher, a couple industrial mirrors, and a salvage vanity in there. Easy peasy.
Soon enough I’ll get around to shooting the upper level that includes the master, my favorite design (the upstairs bathroom), and my home office!
Kitchen Floor, Entry Tile: Home Depot – Marazzi VitaElegante Bianco
Kitchen Backsplash: Home Depot – MS International Pebble Interlocking
Kitchen Faucet: Lowe’s – Giani
Kitchen Sink: Home Depot – Glacier Bay
Refrigerator: Nebraska Furniture Mart – Whirlpool
Dishwasher: Home Depot – Whirlpool
Pendant Lights: Lowes (similar)
Glass Shelving: Ikea – Grundtal
Kitchen Island: Target (similar)
Coffee Cart: Ikea – Grundtal
Coffee Mug rods/hooks: Ikea – Fintorp
Curtain Rods: Urbanest
Curtains: Ikea – Merete
Kitchen/Dining Room Rug: Tuesday Morning
Barstools: Vintage — found in West Bottoms KC, reupholstered
Barstool, Dining Chair Fabric: JoAnn Fabric
Hardwood Flooring: Bruce American Vintage Scraped Mocha 3/4″
Dining Set: Vintage 1949 via Craigslist
Dining Light Fixture: Ikea – Hektar
Palm pot: Lowe’s
Large Plant: Palm Tree
Small Plant: Mother-in-law’s Tongue
Entry Light Fixture: Lowe’s
Bathroom Faucet: Home Depot
Bathroom Sink: Salvage
Bathroom Rug: Target – Nate Berkus
Dream Catcher: Etsy – JorRainbow
Living Room Chandelier: Overstock
Sectional: Nebraska Furniture Mart – Designs by Ashley
Coffee Table: Ikea – Vittsjo
Living Room Rug: Ikea – Stockholm
Stair Stain: Minwax – Jacobean