There are so many ways to give your space a good refresh without a full on remodel situation. Christie Leu Interiors is showcasing a few perfect examples with her latest project; a gorgeous refresh using A) board and batten wall treatment B) crazy good wallpaper and C) a bright and happy front door. Take the full tour of this happy space captured by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.
From Interior Designer, Christie Leu... I worked with Scott Taylor for several years on other people's' projects without ever meeting him. He is a talented and caring general contractor and we finally met in person on a very intensive project last year. We have always admired one another’s work and worked beautifully together so when he wanted to refresh his own home, he came to me for advice. He had the skill and manpower to make some changes and I had ideas! With his wife, Barbara, purging and cleaning ahead of us, we gave the whole first floor the face lift that it needed.
We gave the family room fireplace wall a fresh new look with paneling and removed the rock wall that looked great over a decade ago. I gave Scott a draft of the wall and within a week, he had it up! We simply changed out the front door to freshen the look of the exterior and foyer. A new wood front door is a project that takes relatively little time, money and effort for a huge impact!
The unused living room lost its antique family heirlooms to become a lovely light-filled room by day with blackout shades for tv watching. While the kitchen was in perfect condition, it looked dated. We changed the countertops, light fixture and backsplash, and painted the cabinets for a fresh look. The old countertops got recycled as a fireplace surround in the family room.
For the color palette, we chose more soothing tones in whites and greys for the larger items. Lots of tone on tone and texture. In the family room we chose pops of blush and in the dining and living room blues as accent colors. I always like color on the front door to make the entrance inviting and exciting! The blue seemed to go with both the outside and inside of the refreshed spaces.
To get the most out of the space, I like to use a few large pieces as opposed to a lot of small ones to make rooms feel open. The living room has a sectional that fills the room. Lots of seating and great sunlight make this a perfect room for guests or a couple to recline in front of the tv for the night. We got rid of the heavy storage pieces in the dining room to add a large dining table and comfortable upholstered dining chairs - much better for large lingering family meals. We added light linen draperies and woven wood blinds so that all the light can stream in when the Taylors want it. When they want blackout for TV the roman shades are cordless and blackout lined for easy transformation.