I'm so excited for this project reveal. When I first got the job in this new construction Brookfield, WI home, I knew it was going to turn out spectacular. My clients were willing to take risks and I think they really paid off. The home is no longer a generic new construction home, but a coastal retreat reminiscent of my client's upbringing in the Florida-Georgia area.
BEFORE PHOTOS -
The home had good bones from the get-go, but it just lacked some of my client's personality. The dark beige walls and pure white bedrooms were a safe choice for the developers (which worked since the house sold!), buy my clients wanted to make their stamp on their "forever home".
AFTER PHOTOS - THE GREAT ROOM
The house already had a great layout with a large open concept floor plan, making it ideal for entertaining. To spruce it up, the first thing we did was replace the entryway light fixture from a flush mount to a brushed nickle and glass pendant made by Savoy. The rest of the lighting in the room was consistent with the look we were going for, so I happily left the island pendants as is. The dining room chandelier was altered just slightly with new mini chandelier shades to soften up the light.
Since my client's really wanted to bring a coastal vibe to the space, I chose a bright and airy color palette reminiscent of Southern beaches. All walls in the great room went from beige to Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace. To keep the room from looking too clinical, I had the ceiling painted in Benjamin Moore's Ocean Air. Painting the ceiling blue livens up the room, makes a big statement and... if you are superstitious, it keeps the evil spirits away (see this article on haint blue ceilings)
Beachy blues, crisp whites, sandy beiges and gray wood tones were then brought in to carry the coastal look through the space. Despite the snow piling up out of the windows in the photographs, my clients are transported to the beach when they get home.
Another big transformation was in the kitchen. Prior to moving in, the granite countertops had an attached lip as the backsplash, with no decorative tiling. This dark lip shortened the perceived height of the wall and darkened up the space. Because it was granite, the lip was able to be removed with no damage to the counter underneath. I then wrapped the counters in Thassos white marble 3x6"tiles to add a slight shimmer and had a custom marble mosaic from Akdo installed behind the range. Custom mosaics take up to 8 weeks to arrive, but it was totally worth is. The cool shades of marble in a wave pattern tie the entire look together.
The last significant update made to the home was the installation of tongue and groove ceiling cladding to three recessed trays - one in the dining space, one in the entry and the other in the living room. This cladding was painted the same color as the rest of the ceiling so it brings in a subtle rustic texture.
AFTER PHOTOS - THE MASTER BEDROOM
Before we started the project, the bedroom was pretty basic - white walls, a bed with no headboard and a few dressers. I wanted to maintain the room's simplicity while still updating it to a calm, coastal look that will be a nice retreat for the clients after a long day. I kept the layout of the room the same, but added a large 4x4 upholstered panel headboard. The headboard starts with a row of an icy blue velvet from Robery Allen and then transitions to a dark navy. I used 2" foam and thick batting so the panels were comfortable enough to rest on. The blues from the headboard and wall (painted Benjamin's Moore Glass Slipper) are offset by the yellow lamps, accent pillows and bench.
There are more angles and details from this project in my portfolio - check them out here.
Do you feel like your home really reflects your personal style? If not, let's start updating today to turn your house into your dream home.
After photography by Ryan Hainey