In the Southwest region of Charlotte, NC lies an adorable neighborhood called Madison Park. Here you will find older ranch style homes canopied with luscious trees & beautiful landscaping. The streets are flooded with character as no two houses appear the same. When our enthusiastic client reached out in need of help, we eagerly jumped at the opportunity, as these types of projects feed our souls. Read on to learn how we transformed a dated kitchen & living room into the playful yet sophisticated open floorplan fit for the entertainer that she is.
When first entering this home, we were greeted with an immediate challenge in the form of a coat closet and load bearing walls. Lacking storage space, we had to keep the closet, while creating better flow between the kitchen & living room. The small floorplan wouldn't allow relocating the closet.
The low popcorn ceilings, barely 8 ft high, were our next challenge. Removing these walls required a massive support beam that stretched across the entire space, and we were unsure if the available attic space allowed us to fully conceal the beam to avoid further "lowering" the ceiling. The kitchen & living room were separated by multiple walls which is common in these type of homes.
Anytime we're opening a floorplan we call in the professionals to help provide structural engineering plans to ensure our design meets local city/county codes. Foundation & structure are top priority; therefore, expectations around requirements & budget are discussed from the beginning. As you can see, the crew beautifully executed allowing for a clean, uninterrupted finish.
This client is a young professional who loves to travel and host wine nights with her girlfriends. She is the epitome of "work hard play hard"; therefore, the design goal was to provide a sophisticated casual space complimentary of her fun, playful personality. We aimed to blend classic elements within a boho chic aesthetic. The soft feminine color palette adds the perfect amount of color & personality, and subtle moments of texture speak to her love for boho.
Within an open floorplan, it's important to establish focal points to establish zones & keep the eye engaged as it scans the overall space. One of our favorite features is the beautiful fireplace design. We spec'd a budget friendly ceramic tile in a luscious blue shade installed in a mitered herringbone pattern. What a game changer! Our tile installers were not thrilled with the idea, but we're forever grateful for their dedication to the details.
Once again, our tried & true favorite shade of white, BM Chantilly Lace, significantly brightened up the space providing a larger, more airy feel to the main living area. Because of it's warm yellow undertone, Chantilly Lace is the perfect shade when seeking a cozy bright white.
Next, is the jaw dropping transformation within the kitchen! What once was dark, dated, and isolated to the back of the house is now the star of the show within the main living area.
Removing 2 walls provided amazing opportunity for additional storage & seating within a small floorplan. We replaced the "dining area" with additional cabinetry by relocating the breakfast nook to the other side of the room. We shifted the range down the wall, and moved the sink & dishwasher to the elongated island. Ample seating throughout the open floorplan allows the host to connect with all guests regardless of where they are.
This is not our client's forever home; therefore, we spec'd classic elements within hard selections & paired them with boho chic accents. Lighting & furnishings are a great area to play with personality, & they're easily replaceable if ever our client decides to sell this home. We chose a 2-tone classic shaker style cabinet painted BM Chantilly Lace & SW Jasper Stone. The beautiful sage color further enhances the kitchen as the main focal of this space.
We spec'd a translucent glass backsplash tile installed in a modernized double herringbone pattern. This subtle, but fun detail adds interest & depth within a playful element. The double herringbone pattern installed at 90 degrees compliments the fireplace design without being matchy matchy. Lastly, we spec'd a durable quartz to assist our lovely hostess with the mostess.
We fell in love with our client's baby blue hutch, and chose to keep it in the new breakfast nook. Its color, scale, & character paired beautifully with the warmth of the new lighting & furnishings. The round table allows ample flow for gathering & access to the kitchen & back porch.
Working with this client was an absolute dream! Her unwavering trust in both our process and our team kept everyone motivated from start to finish. Her patience & flexibility were beyond amazing, and we're forever grateful for the opportunity to play a small role in her journey. We are better for now knowing this client, and we wish her all the best in her new beautiful home.