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Inspiration For My Renovation

Hello! I am trying to hone in more and more on the details and am starting to focus on decorating ideas now that the majority of larger design elements have been decided upon (at least until we go through our final design review meeting next week and then get the full proposal/estimate!). Here is what I have been pondering over the past couple of weeks.

I mentioned in the last Inspiration For My Renovation post that I am considering painting our existing stairs rather than replacing them. I am really leaning towards painting them all white and installing a runner, something like these first two images.

Sisters Renovation, photo source

Sanderson Design Group, photo source

I love the look of a painted runner, I think it works best in an old, historic home though and I am not sure if it is right for my house. Something to think about.

Molly Mahon, photo source

Some more possible routes to take....

Blue railings.

Katie Rosenfeld and Company, photo source

Dark color.

Imperfect Interiors, photo source

This image has stairs that are the most similar to our existing stairs, the posts are a bit more decorative though. This makes me see the possibilities of keeping the existing stairs. Paint is indeed transformative.

Park and Oak Interior Design, photo source

This is a picture I took of an image in a magazine and really shows the transformation of paint, albeit a little grainy, it is hard to believe they are the same space.

Elle Decor October 2021 Issue

The detail added to the stringer on these stairs lends a lot of visual interest and appeal - our stairs currently have no decorative element on the stringer and this would help elevate them a lot, as would the painting.

G.P. Schafer, photo source

The designer on our project and I have started to talk specifics for the cabinet profiles in the kitchen. My plan has cabinets that go to the counter by the range and for the china cabinet. I love the look of this little drawer - do I need it though? Hmmmm, what do you think?

Weeth Home, photo source

There will be shelving in the kitchen in the space between the range wall and the built in bench under the windows and I really like the idea of bead board backing, painted to match the cabinetry, as seen in these next two images.

deVol, photo source

Katie Rosenfeld and Company, photo source

I also really love the look of the pottery collection on the open shelving in this all white, quite beautiful kitchen.

Tone on Tone, photo source

As part of the renovation, I have requested that we have trimless windows in the kitchen behind the built in bench so that window trim does not intrude upon those sitting on the bench. This is an example of a trimless window in progress for me to share with the builder and to refer to.

Kevin Cradock Builders, photo source

The barn lights over the bench in this kitchen are giving me major inspiration for the lighting over my built in kitchen bench. So attractive.

Pretty on Fridays, photo source

Here is yet another image I saved of dark trim on light walls. I am getting more and more attached to this idea for my house.

Sophia May, photo source

We have an indent in the wall at the top of our stairs that we are planning to fill in by taking the space for the hall bathroom. There is a triangle shaped closet on the other side (in the bathroom) and lately I have been wondering what is in the space between the closet and the indent? If there are mechanicals that are costly to move, I think it would be a great solution to turn the indent into cabinets. It will make the wall flush and add an attractive architectural element.

Donna DuFresne Interior Design, photo source

Speaking of the hall bathroom, the green penny tile I wanted to use in the bathroom is no longer available. I had planned to use the penny tile as the full wall backsplash behind the sink and as a border in the shower. There is a hexagon tile in the same color though. This bathroom has me rethinking the tile layout in that bathroom. Perhaps the hexagon tile goes on the floor and I use more green paint instead....? Hmmmm, what do you think? I also really like the look of these square tiles instead of traditional subway tiles.

The Misfit House, photo source

I really need to make a final decision on how to reupholster the old sofas in my bedroom so that we can completely finalize the order we have for a number of other pieces. This way everything will be ready to be picked up, recovered, and stored at the upholstery company once demo starts on my house. These next three images give me more to think about for those sofas.

Whitney McGregor, photo source

Architectural Digest November 2021 Issue

Whitney McGregor, photo source

As part of the design process, the project lead and I have been talking about the size and look of the arches for the doorways leading to/from the master bedroom and bathroom. As a result, I have begun to save images of arched doorways. I like the simplicity of baseboard only and no other trim around the arches.

Sage Home Design, photo source

Marie Flanigan Interiors, photo source

I also love the idea of having a barn door for the arch between the bedroom and bathroom. The master closet door and laundry room door in the space between the bedroom and bathroom will have French barn doors and the idea of having a matching set up for the large arched door really appeals to me.

Kate Marker Interiors, photo source

There are sloped/angled ceilings in the master closet, bath, and laundry spaces. I love the look of this paneling detail for those areas.

Amber Interiors, photo source

I want to put curtains around the window in the master bathroom and I love the way these look!

Ariel Okin, photo source

I have started to consider towel rack options for the master bathroom and these three are all quite attractive.

Amie Corley Interiors, photo source

I particularly like this one.

Brandon Architects, photo source

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The last consideration for today is the front door. I really like the look of this one and its plethora of window panes. The windows on the front of my house (only, ugh) have the look of twelve over twelve panes on the first floor and eight over eight on the second floor. I like the idea of the front door having a lot of panes too to complement the existing look.

House Seven Design, photo source

My mind is still reeling with possibility. I am trying to consider everything before the final design meeting because I know the greatest expense comes when you change your plans after you have started the building part and I want to try to avoid that as much as possible. Fingers crossed. I will be back tomorrow with an update on the exterior. See you there!

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Hi, I’m Kerry, a true lover of all things home design.  Thank you for stopping by to check in on the journey.  Please feel free to reach out to me, I love to talk design!

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