Happy Monday, y’all!
Did you have a fun weekend? We sure enjoyed our (spontaneous) trip to Birmingham! The McWane Science Center is a must visit if you’re ever in the area. Between that and the indoor swimming pools at the hotels, (we stayed at two different ones just to keep it extra interesting) our little guy was in heaven. His spontaneity-lovin’ mama and daddy were too! 🙂
Today, I thought I’d share a photo consultation I worked on yesterday after we got home. My client sent me this photo of her mom’s kitchen, along with a list of things they don’t want to change and things they do want to change:
She said she does not want to change:
- the cabinets
- the trim
- the chandelier
- the appliances
- the faucet
- the dining table
- the rug under the table
She does want to change:
- the countertop
- the wall color
- the cabinet hardware
- the floor
- the window treatment
- the upholstery on the bar stools
Here’s a photo of the rug she wants to keep in the room:
And here’s the photo I had fun putting together for her!
(Centerpiece: Plum Pretty Decor & Design)
Move your cursor back and forth over the photo below if you’re on a desktop or laptop computer and would like to see the interactive version:
In a nutshell, I brought in a wall color similar to the wall color she has on the room next door (see photo below) and since she mentioned not wanting to do any kind of grouted tile or wood on the floor, I suggested she use a click-lock type of flooring on top of her existing flooring. There’s a brand called Marmoleum Click that produces lots of different colors and patterns, so I gave her the link to that site so she could contact them about getting sample colors if she likes the way it looks.
She said she didn’t want to replace the chandelier, but I suggested they paint it black or oil-rubbed bronze to make it pop a little more, and to keep it cohesive with the other dark-colored fixtures and hardware they have in the house. The current color (off-white) feels a little more coastal than warm & traditional, which is how she described her mom’s favorite style. I also suggested they cover the existing chain with rope to give it a cozier feel. Kevin’s and I did that to one of our chains here: DIY Twine Chandelier Chain Cover
Other changes I made are:
- I added black or oil-rubbed bronze pulls on the cabinets.
- I brought in a creamy-colored countertop to speak to the warm tone of the cabinets.
- I suggested she do a bright white beadboard or tile backsplash. I like the idea of a fresh pop of white there, and how it will tie the cabinet/countertop in with the (white) appliances.
- Even though it was on her “don’t” list, I swapped her faucet out for a darker one too. I feel like it would really make a nice difference and pop against the lighter backsplash and countertop.
- I suggested she reupholster her barstools with some kind of denim-like fabric. (Not real denim because the dye can rub off onto people’s pants) I also thought it might be fun to have the fabric embroidered with numbers beforehand to add a little whimsy.
- I added a navy and white stripe window shade from Pottery Barn.
- I brought in navy and white stripe placemats from Birch Lane.
- I added crown molding and suggested they freshen up the ceiling with a new coat of Simply White paint.
Here’s a look at the photo I worked on, paired with photos of the dining area rug and the room next door:
See how there is a cohesive vibe style and palette-wise? Fun stuff! I’ll let you know if they decide to make any of the changes, and if they send after photos when they’re done!
PS- If you’d like to learn how to use Photoshop so that you can modify photos of your home, I teach a class for beginners/visual learners here: LetteredCottageCreative.com
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