Our most recent project to be photographed is one that we are so excited about for so many reasons. The first reason being, they are long-time clients that we have been so thrilled to work with for some time now and we are so happy to be able to capture the dramatic end results. The second being, they love bold design style and color - which, obviously, we love too! Third being, we used some super amazing artwork in these spaces which we are absolutely obsessed with and want for ourselves now too!
We can't wait to complete their whole house because we are confident that it will be amazing and reflect our client's awesome and bold taste! But for now, we'll start with three amazingly dramatic transformations:
1) The Dining Room
The dining room that we started with was definitely a flashback to 90's interior design and architecture. Formal columns, beige walls and dated furnishings made the space feel small and did not reflect the client's fun personality and style. Even though the space has large windows, the dark tan wall color made the room feel dark, and the dated light fixture had to go!
The first major update that we made to this space was paint all of the walls a nice modern gray color with bright white trim. We were amazed how much brighter the room felt instantly, and how it highlighted the large scale windows that our clients are lucky enough to have in their home. We knew we wanted a much more modern light fixture so we decided to go with a linear fixture which would elongate the space and brighten it up with more light sources. We love this globe light fixture and the nod it gives to Midcentury modern design, a favorite of our clients'.
In terms of furnishings, we really wanted to utilize the space in a better way than before. So we chose a long modern parsons table in a dark wood finish. The sleek design helps to amplify the design and style of the room, still allowing a large amount of people to sit comfortably for parties and holidays. We chose sleek, modern leather upholstered chairs in order to have a durable material that will work for their family in the years to come.
Finally, a long, Midcentury Modern-inspired credenza completes the space, so that the family will not only have a gorgeous piece to view and enjoy, but a place to store all of their dishware. We topped the space off with a large, architectural mirror to really add some high style to this space and reflect the awesome natural light.
2) The Living Room
The next room that we took on was the formal living room. This space, like the dining room adjacent to it, was stuck in the 90's when the house was built. It was truly not living up to its full potential! The dated carpet and beige wall color blended together and had little contrast, leaving the room feeling stark and not very fun! The fireplace, which had so much potential to be a great feature in the space because of the tall ceiling and windows flanking it, got lost in the sea of beige.
Another view of the living space before shows how the dining room before was enclosed by excessive archways and formal, dated columns. The bar area directly next to the living room also had columns and felt enclosed and too separate from the space, which our clients wanted to be usable for gatherings and entertaining guests. The flooring in the living room, carpet, differed from the tile in the entry way, making the spaces feel disjointed and choppy.
We really wanted this space to be super usable and fun for this family of four. The first design decision that we knew we needed to make was to turn the fireplace wall into the focal point we knew it could be. Using our favorite wall finish pros, Creative Wall Designs, we created a modern concrete-inspired design out of, you guessed it, paint! We are so thrilled with how this effect began to transform the space into a modern retreat perfect for this family. Our next step to completing the focal point was to research and find a super unique piece of local art. At Red Egg Design Group, we love local artists and nothing makes us more thrilled than supporting talent in the valley. The cactus piece above the fireplace is the most perfect addition to this Arizona house, done in such a modern and graphic way.
On the other side of the room, a custom television built-in finishes off the architectural decisions in the room in a modern and unique way. We love the contrast of the walnut tone against the gray wall color, and the super sleek and bold design of this entertainment center.
We chose modern and sleek furnishings for this space, including a neutral gray sofa with sleek lines and a fun honey-colored side chair and ottoman. We added a black metal coffee table with a geometric top to add modern flair and contrast to the space, with black and marble side tables to complete the room.
On the other side of the space, we opened up the bar and extended the counter so that the bar area becomes an ideal entertaining space for the family, that is part of both the living room and the dining room spaces. We will go into more detail about this fun space next.
The former traditional columns and archways were squared off and the ceiling was raised, creating an enlarged and open dining room and overall, more modern great room. Finally, all of the flooring throughout the house was upgraded to wood-look tile, which creates a unified and updated look throughout the house.
3) The Bar
The bar, which is the ideal entertainment area in this space, started out being enclosed with a cut-out area to the living room. This created a disjointed feeling and made the space feel small and awkward.
On the other side of the bar area, there was an archway to the family room and an overall lack of design interest or draw to the space. The cabinetry in the space felt dated and the space overall was not fun or bold, like the clients wanted it to feel.
The space was transformed by removing the cut-out wall and extending the bar countertop, allowing the bar area to feel like one space with the living room. New materials like quartz countertops, glass-front display cabinets for fun alcohol glasses and modern cabinet doors and hardware made all the difference in this space.
Another vantage point of the bar shows how the space was modernized by once again removing the curved archway and making it square and linear. The tall back wall of the bar was painted in a modern geometric stencil to create visual interest and movement in the space, and we love how it turned out. The subtle pops of blue and metallic silver in the pattern make this space into the fun entertaining zone that the clients so badly wanted.
4) The Family Room & Nook
The family room, which is on the other side of the bar area, needed a major architectural update! The existing home had some built-ins made of drywall that need a major update. The room also needed a fresh coat of paint and some fun elements for this family!
Our solution was to modernize the space with a neutral gray wall color and add new wooden built-ins. The two-tone wood built-ins are visually dynamic and modern and still play on the built-ins in the living room which is visible from the family room space.
We used modern and family-friendly furnishings in this space, to let it be a lounge area for the family to use daily. The pops of teal blue make the space fun and more casual-feeling than the living room.
The hallway, which is viewable from the family room space, plays home to another bold piece of local artwork. This astronaut piece is modern and fun and contains all of the bright colors from all of the spaces. It is the most perfect bold piece for the couple's house!
The kitchen nook, which is next to the family room, contains a rounded wall and is surrounded by windows, making it a bright and homey space for the family to enjoy. The space before really just needed some extra design style and a wow factor in order to really make it pop.
The main focal point in the kitchen nook is the fun and modern nickel light fixture. We love that the lighting has a bright red cord, as it adds a touch of unexpected whimsy and more color to the space. We added a chrome-based table with a marble top to the space to add some fun and liveliness to the nook space, and complement the lighting. Some Eames-inspired dining chairs in a peacock blue finish complete the nook area and play homage to the couple's love of midcentury modern design.
We really love getting to be a part of transforming the way that people live and interact in their homes. This family is such a joy to work with and we love that they finally have the entertaining space that they want and that reflects their fun lifestyle and personalities!