We recently had the pleasure of working with these clients to transform their traditional style home into an open farmhouse design. Their existing floor plan was closed off, with a small kitchen, breakfast nook, and a formal dining room (utilized as a multipurpose room). Their furniture and décor were very traditional with jewel tones that they had simply outgrown. It was time for change! So together we came up with a plan to open up the spaces and to add more personality and functionality!
Immediately, we tore down the dining room wall to open up the kitchen and reconfigure the cabinet layout! This enabled us to add a bar and suit it with these Charleston leather and wood stools. Next, we installed Ganasche granite for the countertops, wood cage pendants over the bar, and a basketweave pattern stone for the backsplash to showcase natural elements. We chose a two-tone scheme for the cabinets, painting the base cabinets Dorian Gray to warm up the space, and wall cabinets Elder White to keep it classic.
Then we filled the kitchen with farmhouse charm including a cast iron apron sink, wooden utensils, and a rustic alder beam. Finally, for a personalized touch we utilized our clients’ collection of ceramic bunnies, reminiscent of her beloved pet, Sebastian.
We also added a personal touch to the new dining space with this map hand painted on wood by Jay at Black Dog Art Studios. Our clients live near Lake Lanier where the enjoy fishing and boating.
With the additional bar seating and open plan into the dining room, our client no longer needed a breakfast room. So we took advantage of the open windows and transformed it into a peaceful little keeping room. We added interest to the room with trellis fabric and pretty maritime blues, while keeping it calm with Mindful Gray walls and a soft edged lamp. The plump swivel chairs and little side table invite you in. Come sip your tea and bathe in the sunlight. Overlook the beautiful terrace and watch the deer graze in the blueberry bushes.
Because the garage door opens to the kitchen and keeping room, we thoughtfully added a few pieces to function as a makeshift mudroom. We hung a uniquely crafted wood and wire framed key holder and rolled in a tidy galvanized tin bar cart. Wire and wicker baskets are perfect for storing away sunglasses and mail to keep the entryway free of clutter.
Naturally after we updated the kitchen our clients wanted to update the living room and carry the farmhouselook through the rest of the house. So we gave fireplace a facelift; we replaced the top half of the wall with shiplap, added a wood mantel, and arranged stems of hydrangea in wire wrapped vases on either side of the TV.
Our clients had asked for more storage in this room, so we came up with the perfect solution! Jay custom built a bench with chicken wire, repurposed doors , and an antique finish. Love this piece! It hides unsightly cords and provides additional seating when entertaining guests. Pretty and functional! For a personal touch, we adorned the shelves with nautical floats, a crown royal bottle lamp, deer book ends, and a tin “R” fitting for their last name.
Jay also contributed the masterpiece above the couch in the living room. He painted it specifically for these clients, who vacationed at a family home by the Suwanee river for many years. The painting evokes fond memories of walking in the sand and fishing in marshy waters. In keeping with this theme, we brought in two sand colored bergere chairs and cloches filled with a couple of hand picked seashells. Jay also add a sentimental touch to the coffee table in the center of the room. He built it with iron legs repurposed from the client’s grandmother’s coffee table.
And see that table in the corner? It’s actually made from an old trunk and the seat of an antique horse-drawn buggy MJ found. Isn’t that crazy?! Love totally unexpected pieces like this! It’s what makes this home unique, and reflects the personality of our clients.
Interested in seeing how dramatic of a makeover this project was? Take a peek at some of the before pictures below: